This week’s “Independent Sources”: Tech startups head to Port Morris and hire locals; yoga as therapy for survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse; and an East Harlem school building turned affordable housing unit for low-income artists.
Residents met with NYCHA chairwoman Shola Olatoye March 17 to complain about mold, lack of heat and hot water, and other unaddressed problems in the city’s public housing units.
Brooklyn Based offers a neighborhood guide to Ridgewood, which straddles Brooklyn and Queens.
Ever so gradually, the homeless shelter population is declining in NYC, and advocates see some hope for further declines thanks to new policies implemented by Mayor Bill de Blasio, reports City Limits. But there are still concerns.
The Feb. 25 episode of “Independent Sources” is dedicated to Bedford Stuyvesant, which reported the largest percentage increase of whites in the city between 2000 and 2010. What is driving the arrival of the newcomers? How are the changes affecting longtime Black residents?
City Comptroller Scott Stringer urged better translation and interpretation services at housing courts in the city, Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports.
City Limits investigates how tenants battle landlords and bureaucracy in Bronx housing court, the city’s busiest, and examines some remedies.
New landlords in Crown Heights are revoking “preferential” rents and imposing staggering increases on residents, City Limits reports.
BRIC is hosting a town hall on gentrification in Brooklyn on Jan. 28, urging all voices in the borough to #BHeard.
“Brer Rabbit the Opera: A Funky Meditation on Gentrification” by Bedford–Stuyvesant performance artist Aisha Cousins tells a story of gentrification with the help of African folk tales and funk music, reports The Brooklyn Paper.
A coalition of 40 housing activists wants the city to halt development in the Broadway Triangle neighborhood, claiming apartments are being constructed to serve mostly Hasidic Jewish families, The Brooklyn Paper reports.
Tenants at a recent forum conceded that NYCHA has begun to address a backlog of work orders, but made clear there’s much still to be addressed, reports City Limits.
Assemblymember Robert J. Rodriguez writes in Gotham Gazette that the city should carefully vet plans to sell off a 50 percent stake in six developments.
Tenants of 590 Bushwick Ave. are fighting eviction by a new owner, following years of paying rent month-to-month, Brooklyn Brief reports.
At NYCHA’s Mitchel Houses in the Bronx, residents must cope with elevators that break down frequently, and for some it’s more than a mere inconvenience, Mott Haven Herald reports.