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 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 August 15, 2018
A Community Land Trust (CLT) is a community-managed nonprofit organization or association established to provide permanent affordable housing and build community assets in the territory that it owns and governs. CLTs are grounded in community participation and stakeholder cooperation. This article looks at five diverse case studies of existing CLTs around the world—from the model’s founding in the Deep South to its application in post-industrial Boston and Albuquerque, and informal settlemen...
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by on March 19, 2018
When the Kushner Cos. bought three apartment buildings in a gentrifying neighborhood of Queens in 2015, most of the tenants were protected by special rules that prevent developers from pushing them out, raising rents and turning a tidy profit. But that’s exactly what the company then run by Jared Kushner did, and with remarkable speed. Two years later, it sold all three buildings for $60 million, nearly 50 percent more than it paid. Now a clue has emerged as to how President Donald Trump’s...
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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 3, 2018
Rezoning, redevelopment, and an increasingly unaffordable Manhattan have the once-isolated neighborhood facing some of the city’s highest rent hikes. In recent years, the Bronx neighborhood of Highbridge — perched on a steep ridge between the Harlem River on one side, and the valley that holds the 4 train and Yankee Stadium on the other — has become pockmarked with rectangular holes, whose precipitous sides display a cross section of whorls of Fordham gneiss that were once the core of an ...
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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 March 20, 2018
Ground has been broken on a historic new co-op. Habitat for Humanity, the developer Almat Group, and the city’s department of Housing Preservation and Development are teaming up to build Sydney House, an affordable 56-unit co-op in the Williamsbridge section of the northern Bronx, PRWeb reports. It will be the largest multi-family development ever built by a Habitat for Humanity affiliate.  History is about to be made on this humble vacant lot in the Bronx (image via Google Maps)....
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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 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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