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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by on May 19, 2018
A Buffalo business executive who is a defendant in a federal case involving the alleged bid-rigging of massive upstate development projects pled guilty Friday afternoon and agreed to cooperate with the government. Kevin Schuler, a former executive at the Buffalo development firm LPCiminelli, pleaded guilty before before U.S. District Court Judge Valerie Caproni in Manhattan. Schuler pleaded guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss a bribery charg...
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by on May 14, 2018
The Grand Concourse in the Bronx. For lifelong Bronx resident Leette Eaton-White, the first sign of her neighborhood's transformation came by way of her local supermarket. It was there on a shelf that the 31-year old college administrator noticed Method, an organic (and relatively pricey) line of cleaning products. "I had only seen them in Manhattan or Westchester previously," White, who lives in the Northern Bronx's Edenwald section, told CNBC recently in an email. "I instantly tho...
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by on May 3, 2018
Nixon’s Rent Justice for All platform seeks to expand tenant protections across New York state Cynthia Nixon In her bid to unseat Governor Andrew Cuomo as New York’s Democratic candidate for governor in 2018, actress-turned-gubernatorial hopeful Cynthia Nixon has so far put forth progressive proposals on climate change, marijuana legalization, and driver’s licenses for all New Yorkers regardless of immigration status. Now, she’s unveiled another key piece of her platform—this time, ...
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by on May 3, 2018
Rezoning, redevelopment, and an increasingly unaffordable Manhattan have the once-isolated neighborhood facing some of the city’s highest rent hikes. In recent years, the Bronx neighborhood of Highbridge — perched on a steep ridge between the Harlem River on one side, and the valley that holds the 4 train and Yankee Stadium on the other — has become pockmarked with rectangular holes, whose precipitous sides display a cross section of whorls of Fordham gneiss that were once the core of an ...
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by on April 28, 2018
Signs hung up in front of a vacant lot in Weeksville, Brooklyn, in 2014 by members of 596 Acres, an organization that maps vacant lots in New York City and advocates for community stewardship of th at land. Vacant lots dot lower-income neighborhoods across the country. In many cities, urban growers have planted in those lots, repurposing abandoned city land into gardens with farmers markets and healthy food. But cities often still register such plots as "vacant," which allows them to b...
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by on April 22, 2018
Fox News host who said Trump’s fixer ‘knows real estate’ has a portfolio that includes support from Department of Housing and Urban Development, a fact he did not mention when interviewing secretary Ben Carson last year Sean Hannity appears at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland in February 2016. When Sean Hannity was named in court this week as a client of Donald Trump’s embattled legal fixer Michael Cohen, the Fox News host insisted their discussions had been lim...
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by on April 19, 2018
549 NYCHA-owned playgrounds have hazardous conditions and lack of repair and maintenance records. On April 4, 2018, Comptroller Scott M. Stringer released an audit of New York City Housing Authority playgrounds’ conditions and maintenance. NYCHA is responsible for the maintenance of each development’s playgrounds. Results from playground inspections are required to be entered into NYCHA’s electronic system for tracking maintenance and physical repair work. However, the Comptroller’s audit shows ...
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by on April 16, 2018
In March, Governor Andrew Cuomo stood in front of a public housing building for the first time in recent memory and told reporters that “the residents’ rights have been abused, period.” On the request of the tenants themselves, he had just toured one of the decaying apartments in the Bronx in a building managed by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), an institution that has been plagued with budget shortfalls and mismanagement for years. “The unit is crumbling around them, and it is disg...
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