by on September 19, 2018
WHAT TO KNOW The de Blasio administration is taking big banks to court over their failure to clean up a cluster of abandoned houses The city sued 9 financial firms, alleging they have persistently shirked their responsibility to secure five abandoned homes in Brooklyn State law requires banks and subcontractors to periodically inspect foreclosure homes and take over maintenance cost if residents bailed out The de Blasio administration is taking big banks to c...
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by on September 1, 2018
Polo Grounds in Washington Heights The New York City Housing Authority has not been forthcoming about the number of children exposed to and poisoned by lead paint in its buildings, and only now are New Yorkers starting to get a clear picture of the severity of the problem. On Thursday, the Health Department released its Childhood Blood Lead Level Surveillance Quarterly Report, revealing that 1,160 kids living in public housing have tested positive for lead poisoning since 2012. A DOH p...
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by on August 29, 2018
Brianne Pawson, supervisor of grounds at NYCHA's Throggs Neck Houses, has been suspended following probe of on-the-clock sex parties NYCHA has suspended two staff members implicated in a widening scandal at a Bronx public housing development as investigators launch an internal probe into allegations of boozy, on-the-clock sex parties there, the Daily News has learned. A supervisor and a caretaker at Throggs Neck Houses were suspended without pay for 30 days pending the internal investi...
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by on August 27, 2018
Bronx, NY. 08/25/2018: The Throggs Neck Houses in the Bronx. On Friday, NYCHA suddenly reassigned all of their existing employees there without explanation. Allegations of after-hours sex parties prompted the entire staff of a Bronx public housing development to be suddenly reassigned, the Daily News has learned. The authority’s top management was told the supervisor of caretakers regularly hosted parties inside a groundskeepers shop in the Throggs Neck Houses, sources told The News. ...
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by on August 24, 2018
District court to rule on constitutionality of Fort Lauderdale's feeding ban law A lawsuit challenging Fort Lauderdale's controversial homeless feeding ban is back in court after a federal appellate court sided with a group of activists over the city. Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis said it's time for the city to help homeless people instead of fighting them. When the City of Fort Lauderdale began arresting people feeding the homeless at Stranahan Park four years ago, the g...
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by on August 15, 2018
A Community Land Trust (CLT) is a community-managed nonprofit organization or association established to provide permanent affordable housing and build community assets in the territory that it owns and governs. CLTs are grounded in community participation and stakeholder cooperation. This article looks at five diverse case studies of existing CLTs around the world—from the model’s founding in the Deep South to its application in post-industrial Boston and Albuquerque, and informal settlemen...
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by on August 3, 2018
A homeless man sits on the sidewalk on a frigid day in Manhattan in December 2017 The economics of housing the homeless is a tricky equation, especially in New York City, which has a right-to-shelter mandate, meaning the city has to provide a temporary bed to anyone who needs it. Because of demand, the city often houses people in apartments and hotels where accommodations can be spotty and social services nonexistent. But one shelter in the Bronx, called Landing Road Residence, is ...
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by on August 1, 2018
Some of the worst water tanks are in the city’s public housing, cleaners say. Birds and insects were found inside the water tanks atop NYCHA’s Elliott housing development in 2017. The evidence of contamination was there in black and white – until it disappeared. The New York City Housing Authority’s handwritten “Annual Roof Tank Inspection Reports” chronicle a history of tainted drinking water tanks that the housing agency failed to report to city health officials, according to an e...
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by on June 18, 2018
At an open house on Thursday that was briefly disrupted by protest, the Department of City Planning revealed results from a community survey conducted as part of the Southern Boulevard Neighborhood study for a possible rezoning. Part of City Planning's community survey is an interactive map where respondents can pinpoint what they like or want to change in the neighbordhood. The survey stems from DCP’s current Southern Boulevard Neighborhood Study, one of several neighborhood rezoning ...
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by on June 1, 2018
The agency will also have to agree to a court-appointed federal monitor to oversee operations. A settlement that is being negotiated between the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan and the New York City Housing Authority could force the city to shell out $1 billion and agree to a federal monitor that will oversee the agency, reports the New York Times. Citing “two people familiar with the negotiations” as their source, the Times notes that while the settlement is being finaliz...
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by on May 30, 2018
Nine months after Harvey, middle-class Houston has recovered, but low-income neighborhoods are in disarray. Lying just feet away from exposed electrical wires, 4-year-old Aaron Cervantes sleeps on a cot inside his grandparents’ hollowed-out Houston home, which was devastated by Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters. Nine months after Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 50 inches of rain on the Gulf Coast, green grass has returned to plush Houston developments and the city’s downtown hums with m...
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by on May 25, 2018
Real estate site StreetEasy broke down some data on the 260,000 people who made the move to New York City last year. Real estate site StreetEasy took a hard look at the people moving to New York City, like where they're coming from and how old they are. Plenty of people have written about moving to New York City, and a fair number have also written about why they move away from here, but where are all these people coming from and headed to? Real estate site StreetEasy looked into th...
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