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New York City is in the middle of an affordable housing crisis. Rent rose 11 percent between 2005 and 2012 and continues to climb. Tens of thousands of people routinely apply for reduced-rent buildings that only have a few hundred units. And Mayor de Blasio’s aggressive plan to create 200,000 extra units of affordable housing […]

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You knew Trump Ferry Point, Donald Trump’s overpriced golf course in a low-income and relatively isolated part of the southeast Bronx, was dumb. But did you realize it’s directly across the street from a housing project? That’s right! As you can clearly see in the video, shot from ANIMAL 3, the fancy name for ANIMAL’s […]

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On the stretch of Graham Avenue between Maujer and Stagg Streets, blocks from the Montrose L Train station, there’s a line of empty storefronts. In a neighborhood as white-hot as Williamsburg, they’re an unusual sight — because they’ve sat unoccupied for at least a year, but also because of their owner: the New York City […]

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Something feels wrong about a walking tour happening this weekend that will have up to 100 people strolling through Queensbridge Houses, the city’s largest public housing complex, gawking at residents and the buildings they live in. The tour, led by former Queensbridge resident and current Long Island City bishop Mitchell Taylor and organized by the […]

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In an effort to downsize the budget of the cash-strapped New York City Housing Authority, which runs public housing in the city, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio plans to end longstanding regular payments from NYCHA to the NYPD. The payments, totaling about $70 million per year, pay for the NYPD to assign officers to regularly patrol […]

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Faced with a federal class-action lawsuit from residents of public housing, the New York City Housing Authority has agreed to more efficiently deal with complaints of mold growing in apartments. According to the lawsuit, the city has allowed problems to persist in apartments where tenants make complaints, often dealing with existing mold without attacking the […]

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New York City public housing tenants are striking back against a Bloomberg administration plan that would lease city housing authority land to developers of luxury condos. City Council came out against the proposal last month, with speaker Christine Quinn arguing that it went against NYCHA’s “sole purpose” of building and maintaining affordable housing. Four hundred […]

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If Mayor Bloomberg and New York City Housing Authority chair John Rhea get there way, land at eight Manhattan public housing complexes will be leased to developers to build luxury apartments. City Council, along with NYCHA tenants and the Legal Aid Society, is suing in an attempt to block that from happening. The plan would […]

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Further demonstrating his apparent belief that all low-income New Yorkers should be treated like criminals, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said today he believed NYCHA residents should be fingerprinted to gain access to their own homes. The remarks came during his weekly radio appearance on WOR. “What we really should have is fingerprinting to get in. And […]

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Some residents of the Smith Houses on the Lower East Side are suing NYCHA for something even more potentially nefarious than its enthusiasm for canceling repair requests. The lawsuit alleges the housing authority is purposely witholding repair funds in an effort to get projects residents on board with a plan to lease land on the […]

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