by on January 8, 2018
he Woodside Houses, Broadway and Newtown Road, Queens, were without heat and hot water. Thursday. The city was slammed with close to 22,000 heat and hot water complaints from freezing renters after the mercury dropped about two weeks ago, records show. Some of those calling in gripes to 311 live in New York City Housing Authority apartments. “It’s ridiculous,” said Sandra Walden, who lives in the Taft Houses in East Harlem. The heat and hot water there has been on and off since Than...
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by on February 10, 2018
A top official at the city’s Department of Homeless Services abruptly quit this week, forcing Mayor de Blasio to once again restructure the chain of command at a troubled agency charged with fixing an overwhelmed shelter system. Deputy Commissioner Jahmani Hylton — whose division was heavily criticized in a scathing Department of Investigation report last month over the agency placing families in dangerous motels — resigned Wednesday, sources said. He became the third top official tasked wi...
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by on January 10, 2018
Families from Puerto Rico who lost their homes to Hurricane María are showing up at homeless programs in New York mainly through third-party referrals, but without information about FEMA's Transitional Sheltering Assistance Program The PATH building in Brooklyn On the morning of Dec. 8, Nellyan Velázquez and her 3-year-old daughter left Puerto Rico for New York, unaware of what their fate would be. After a long wait at the Prevention Assistance and Temporary Housing (PATH) building in ...
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by on February 10, 2018
Living in 3045 Godwin Terrace has been an ongoing nightmare for Ileana Mercado. “If there’s a flood from a burst pipe, like has happened to me, there’s no one to repair it when it’s needed, or there’s no one to call except the fire department, because there’s no one in the building to communicate with,” Mercado said. “If your ceiling fell apart, then you have to wait so they can schedule an appointment to get it done for you — at their convenience, not yours. And usually they want to come i...
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by on November 30, 2017
The lawsuit represents tenants in over 200 apartment units 2201 Amsterdam Avenue via Google Maps Four class action lawsuits were filed today against three New York landlords—the Scharfman Organization, Chestnut Holdings, and KMR Amsterdam—believed to be among the biggest abusers of the J-51 tax program in the city. The suits were filed in New York County Supreme Court by the law firm Newman Ferrara after an investigation by the non-profit watchdog group, Housing Rights Initiative. ...
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by on January 16, 2018
The mayor’s housing plan was redesigned last year to address a growing concern that it was not providing for the poorest New Yorkers. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced progress Tuesday on his 12-year plan to build and preserve housing for New Yorkers of limited means — one of his administration’s most expansive and expensive policy initiatives — but the news was dampened by more problems with the city's housing authority. After announcing the city spent $1.1 billion last year to finance 2...
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by on February 10, 2018
Wolkoff Group, a Queens condominium developer, borrowed $300 million from Bank of the Ozarks to begin a second phase of construction at the Long Island City graffiti mecca known as 5Pointz. The company is currently wrapping up 1,115 residential units at the site, which has an address of 22-44 Jackson Avenue. The total square footage of the two developments comes to 1.2 million square feet. David and Jerry Wolkoff The Singer & Bassuk Organization represented Wolkoff on the loan tra...
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by on November 30, 2017
The hallway outside Spector Hall, where the City Planning Commission held its hearing on the Jerome Avenue rezoning on Wednesday. With the hearing room filled to capacity, there was at one point about 40 people standing or sitting in the hallway, many waiting to testify. On Wednesday morning, the City Planning Commission heard five hours of testimony from the public on the Department of City Planning’s proposed Jerome Avenue rezoning. It’s the latest step in the seven-month process throug...
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by on December 30, 2017
The plunging temperatures may be deadly for the estimated half a million people who live on the streets. A HOMELESS MAN TRIES TO STAY WARM ON A MANHATTAN STREET ON AN UNSEASONABLY COLD DAY. As an arctic blast sends temperatures plunging across the country this week, advocates for the homeless are warning the frigid conditions could be deadly for the estimated half a million people who live on the streets. Homeless shelters in cities across the Northeast and Midwest are reaching capa...
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by on January 24, 2018
Puerto Rican families gather at a Red Roof Inn in Hartford, Connecticut, to learn about the fate of their temporary housing. Dozens of Puerto Rican families displaced by Hurricane Maria and currently living in Connecticut hotels have been told they will no longer get federal assistance to pay for their lodgings, just days after being promised an extension to their temporary housing assistance. Though the housing assistance had originally been set to expire on Jan. 13 for many Puerto Ri...
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by on February 9, 2018
Neighborhood residents blasted city officials and a nonprofit planning to operate a shelter for 150 men out of a West 58th Street hotel. Residents and neighbors of a Midtown area known as "Billionaire's Row" packed an auditorium at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Thursday night to blast a city plan to build a homeless shelter in the neighborhood. Many locals called the proposed homeless shelter for 150 adult men inappropriate for the neighborhood, bemoaned the lack of community ...
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The Domain Companies has sealed a $38 million financing package for its purchase of an industrial building in Gowanus, Brooklyn, according to an announcement from HFF, which arranged the financing. 420 Carroll Street in Gowanus Property records show that the largest share of the debt comes from CIT Bank, which contributed a $25 million floating-rate mortgage to the package. New York City-based Sherwood Equities chipped in a $13 million mezzanine loan, completing a debt package that r...
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