South Bronx – the Next Frontier for Tech Startups?

South Bronx – the Next Frontier for Tech Startups?

Bronx, Culture, Housing, Manhattan, Technology, Video, Women March 23, 2015 at 11:35 am

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.

New York City Housing Authority Chairwoman Shola Olatoye addresses about 400 tenants at the March 17 meeting. (Photo by María Villaseñor/NYCity Photo Wire.)

NYCHA Tenants Pack Brownsville Church to Demand Repairs

Bronx, Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Housing, Manhattan, New York March 18, 2015 at 8:07 pm

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.

The smoked meats counter at Morscher's Pork Store. (Photo by Regina Mogilevskaya via Brooklyn Based)

Checking out Sleepy Ridgewood

Brooklyn, Food, Housing, Queens March 13, 2015 at 3:42 pm

Brooklyn Based offers a neighborhood guide to Ridgewood, which straddles Brooklyn and Queens.

Franklin Ave. Armory in the Bronx, currently used as a women's shelter. (Photo by Matt Green, Creative Commons license)

Getting the Homeless into Housing

Housing, New York March 6, 2015 at 3:19 pm

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.

Bedford-Stuyvesant, the Gentrification Frontier

Bedford-Stuyvesant, the Gentrification Frontier

Black, Brooklyn, Business, Housing, Video February 27, 2015 at 4:42 pm

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?

Comptroller Scott Stringer, at podium, pushed for more language help for non-English speakers in Housing Courts, in Downtown Brooklyn on Monday. Shown left: Assemblyperson Jo Anne Simon (AD-52). (Photo courtesy of the Office of the Comptroller via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Stringer Urges Language Help in Housing Courts

Housing, New York February 24, 2015 at 12:13 pm

City Comptroller Scott Stringer urged better translation and interpretation services at housing courts in the city, Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports.

Tricia Nelson with her son Rajon, visiting Housing Court for a second time to get help with rent. (Photo by Adi Talway via City Limits)

Battling the System in Bronx Housing Court

Bronx, Housing February 2, 2015 at 2:59 pm

City Limits investigates how tenants battle landlords and bureaucracy in Bronx housing court, the city’s busiest, and examines some remedies.

Natasha Creese relaxing with family and friends after a Sunday lunch. She recently faced a 112 percent rent hike.
(Photo by Adi Talwar via City Limits)

Some Crown Heights Rents Soar

Brooklyn, Housing January 29, 2015 at 3:15 pm

New landlords in Crown Heights are revoking “preferential” rents and imposing staggering increases on residents, City Limits reports.

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#BHeard at BRIC’s Town Hall on Gentrification

Brooklyn, Business, Housing January 26, 2015 at 3:25 pm

BRIC is hosting a town hall on gentrification in Brooklyn on Jan. 28, urging all voices in the borough to #BHeard.

Musicians and cast members of “Brer Rabbit the Opera: A Funky Meditation on Gentrification" (Photo by Elizabeth Graham via The Brooklyn Paper)

‘A Funky Meditation on Gentrification’

Black, Business, Housing January 22, 2015 at 4:25 pm

“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.

No more room: Housing activists, including some Orthodox Jews, say a segment of Hasidics have moved into nearly all the affordable housing in the Broadway Triangle, and have blocked out other Jews, Latinos, and blacks. (Photo by Stefano Giovannini via The Brooklyn Paper)

Discriminatory Housing Development in Williamsburg?

Black, Brooklyn, Housing, Jewish, Latino January 21, 2015 at 4:49 pm

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.

Scenes from NYCHA developments around the city. Clockwise from top left: Red Hook, Wagner, Bushwick, Castle Hill, Ravenswood, Kingsborough. (Photo collage via City Limits)

NYCHA: Some Progress, but Not Enough

Housing, New York January 14, 2015 at 4:32 pm

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.

Assemblyman Robert J. Rodriguez speaking at a community event (Photo via Gotham Gazette)

Opinion: Take Care with Sale of NYCHA Stake

Housing, New York, Opinion, Real Estate January 8, 2015 at 3:47 pm

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 facing eviction at 590 Bushwick (Photo by Matthew Taub via Brooklyn Brief)

Bushwick Tenants Fight Eviction

Brooklyn, Housing December 16, 2014 at 3:59 pm

Tenants of 590 Bushwick Ave. are fighting eviction by a new owner, following years of paying rent month-to-month, Brooklyn Brief reports.

Tenants at Mithcel Houses waiting for an elevator. (Photo by Maura Ewing via Mott Haven Herald)

Coping with Broken Elevators

Bronx, Housing December 9, 2014 at 4:45 pm

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.