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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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