Housing

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.

According to Census figures, 54.6% of the population of the Bronx is of Latino origin. (Photo by Franklin Ramos via El Diario)

A New Bronx?

Bronx, Business, Housing, Latino November 18, 2014 at 10:27 pm

In the new Bronx, there are new businesses and new developments but there’s still poverty and housing displacement, El Diario reports.

State Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna, and Los Sures Executive Director Ramon Peguero were all present for the inauguration. (Photo by Thomas Servello via Greenpoint Gazette)

Los Sures Helps Renovate for Seniors

Brooklyn, Housing, Seniors November 14, 2014 at 1:59 pm

The tenant group Los Sures helped renovate a 56-unit building for seniors in Williamsburg, Greenpoint Gazette reports.

The Chinese-language part of the Sunset Park Library. (Photo by Krissa Corbett Cavouras, Creative Commons license)

Can a Library and Affordable Housing Coexist in Sunset Park?

Brooklyn, Housing, Social Services November 13, 2014 at 4:23 pm

News that the Sunset Park Library might expand if space above it is turned into affordable housing drew mixed reactions from locals, reports Home Reporter News.

Faith in Affordable Housing and ‘Life’s Essentials’

Faith in Affordable Housing and ‘Life’s Essentials’

Culture, Government, Housing, Religion, Video November 13, 2014 at 3:05 pm

In this episode of CUNY TV’s “Independent Sources,” clergy find ways to build affordable housing; Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Nisha Agarwal meets with the community and ethnic press; and the grandson of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee directs a documentary on the couple.

A woman and her child at the recent forum on homelessness (Photo by Annie Nova via The Hunts Point Express)

Urging Permanent Housing for the Homeless

Bronx, Housing November 10, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Permanent housing solutions to homelessness were explored at a recent forum in the South Bronx, The Hunts Point Express reports.

Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio at the Wilborn Temple First Church Of God In Christ in Albany on Sunday, February 16, 2014. (Rob Bennett for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio)

Will Cuomo Help de Blasio on Housing?

Housing, Politics November 5, 2014 at 5:24 pm

A Republican-controlled state senate may not bode well for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s housing policies but City Limits finds that the situation may not be that much worse than it was prior to the election.

(Photo via Manhattan Times)

Marching to Protect Rent Regulations

Housing, Manhattan, New York October 31, 2014 at 5:33 pm

In northern Manhattan, politicians and community members marched on Oct. 25 in support of rent regulations that will “keep affordable housing affordable,” Manhattan Times reports.