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 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 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 February 15, 2018
Beneath the elevated 4 line on Jerome Avenue in the Bronx, auto shops bump up against drug stores and bodegas, pizza places and dollar stores, schools and doctors offices, hair salons and juice bars. Noisy, dirty muffler repair and auto glass shops dominate blocks and blocks of the busy thoroughfare, but a city plan to encourage redevelopment in the neighborhood is raising questions about the fate of the auto shops and their workers. JEROME AVENUE BENEATH THE ELEVATED 4 TRACKS IN THE BRON...
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by on February 2, 2018
Lisa Ortega, above, and other tenants of her Bronx building filed a lawsuit against their landlord and management company on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. (Credit: Louis Lanzano) A Bronx landlord has neglected the tenants of a building, allowing frequent heat and hot water outages and failing to make proper repairs for years, a group of tenants said. Eight residents of 1054-1058 Southern Blvd. in Foxhurst sued their landlord, Southern 634 LLC, and management company, Midas Property, Th...
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by on February 14, 2018
Puerto Rico's Housing Department said Wednesday it will suspend a $133 million deal with a U.S. company hired to repair homes damaged by Hurricane Maria because a review board found the contract was improperly awarded. The department's contractor review board published a ruling on Tuesday that New York-based Adjusters International received the contract, which was subsidized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, though it did not meet several requirements. Eric Perez-Ochoa, an at...
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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 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 February 2, 2018
Asbestos Investigators, arrested for fraudulent inspections, await their arraignments in Manhattan Supreme Court. Seventeen dirty inspectors lied about the results of asbestos tests — or didn’t even bother to do them — allowing for construction work where the toxin was present, authorities said Thursday. The shady monitors in Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island green-lighted unsafe jobs, exposing workers and people in the vicinity, according to authorities who busted the crew Thursday....
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by on February 8, 2018
At the final public hearing for the city’s proposed Jerome Avenue rezoning held by the City Council on Wednesday, it was clear that some things had truly changed—and some things really hadn’t—since the first hearing in September 2016, when hundreds of residents marched through the streets and descended on Bronx Community College to oppose the rezoning. In the coming month, councilmembers Fernando Cabrera (left) and Vanessa Gibson, whose districts overlap with the rezoning area, will neg...
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