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 April 6, 2018
An investor group including Kushner Cos. is set to receive a loan of about $600 million from JPMorgan Chase & Co. to build a residential tower in Brooklyn, New York. About 95 percent of the planned development project is owned by CIM Group, a private Los Angeles-based investment firm. The remainder is owned by Kushner Cos. and LIVWRK, a developer that has frequently partnered with the family company of Jared Kushner, son-in-law and senior adviser to President Donald Trump. The two smaller own...
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by on February 13, 2018
The Department of Housing Preservation and Development has identified 87 vacant lots for development Just a day after a searing report questioned the Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s inaction on vacant city-owned lots, the agency has now announced the construction of 490 affordable homes on some of those lots. These affordable homes will rise on 87 different lots in various neighborhoods across the city namely Brownsville, Bedford-Stuyvesant, East New York, Weeksvil...
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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 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 February 12, 2018
Comptroller's report says Department of Housing Preservation and Development did not meet deadlines to offload hundreds of parcels by June 2017 City Comptroller Scott Stringer The de Blasio administration has been sitting on hundreds of parcels of vacant land that could sprout 50,000 units of affordable housing, City Comptroller Scott Stringer said Monday. A 2016 audit found that the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development controlled 1,125 pieces of vacant prop...
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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 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 February 2, 2018
Mayor Abraham Beame (foreground) with President Carter in the South Bronx in 1977. It was in 1975, during Beame’s tenure as mayor, that the city’s Uniform Land Use Procedure, or ULURP, was created. The report suggests it is time for a new approach. The mechanism that the de Blasio administration—like its predecessors—has used to redraw New York’s zoning map and guide development is deeply flawed and in need of a comprehensive overhaul, argues numerous influential organizations in a repo...
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by on February 16, 2018
The de Blasio administration awarded a $369 million contract Friday to a Queens-based organization that will provide supplies and social services to homeless families living in hotels, according to a post in the City Record. The contract was awarded by the Department of Homeless Services to Childrens Community Services Inc., which listed an address on Long Island near the border of Queens but whose website says it is based on 175th Street in Jamaica. The contract will run for three years, a...
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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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by on April 11, 2018
In cities like Jacksonville and St. Louis, maps of mortgage approvals and home values in black neighborhoods look the same as they did decades ago, before the passage of the landmark fair housing law. “Sue the bastards.” That was the slogan adopted by the National Neighbors advocacy campaign for fair housing in 1970, two years after Congress passed the Fair Housing Act. At long last, black home buyers and renters were able to seek and find justice in the courts, in part because it was ...
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