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 February 22, 2018
A Bronx-based affordable housing developer scooped up three parcels in the borough’s Belmont section for roughly $4 million to build a 120,000 s/f, environmentally-conscious senior assisted living facility. Foxy Management first nabbed the anchor parcel at the corner of Arthur Avenue and 179th Street for $2.1 million in an off-market sale, then picked up the two neighboring properties at 612 East 179th Street and 2010 Arthur Avenue as well as some of the adjacent air rights. Guy Vardi ...
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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 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 April 3, 2018
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo declared a state of emergency at the New York City Housing Authority on Monday and ordered an independent monitor be appointed to oversee and expedite repairs to the agency’s deteriorating buildings, where 400,000 New Yorkers live. The executive order was the latest salvo in an escalating conflict between the governor and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration over the management of the beleaguered housing authority, the largest in the country. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo,...
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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 February 28, 2018
In a lawsuit, tenant leaders representing the 400,000 people living in public housing have asked a judge to appoint an independent monitor to oversee the New York City Housing Authority because it has failed to provide heat and hot water, keep residents safe from lead, involve tenants in policymaking and hire residents, as required by federal regulations. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in State Supreme Court in Manhattan by the Citywide Council of Presidents, a group of tenant leaders chosen b...
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by on February 21, 2018
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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by on December 1, 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 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 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 March 22, 2018
New industrial modern loft building for Bronx area scarce with residential options. On March 14, 2018, the City Planning Commission held a hearing on the Willow Avenue Rezoning application. The applicant, Markland 745 LLC, seeks to develop a mixed-use, mostly residential building on Willow Avenue between East 133rd and East 134th Street in the Port Morris section of the Bronx. The property is currently occupied by a three-story commercial office building and a single-story warehouse. The c...
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