Thursday, Jun 12, 2014

Bushwick Rallies for Better Parks

Bushwick Rallies for Better Parks

Advocates are pressing City Councilmembers and the mayor for repairs to two green spaces. Parks funding is set to increase, but not enough to meet community needs, they say.
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Pressured to Move, Low-Income Tenants Resist Buyouts

Advocates say it's becoming more common for landlords hoping to increase rent rolls to offer four- and five-figure buyouts to tenants.

Impatience Grows Over Promised Brooklyn Waterfront Park

The space on the East River in Sunset Park was expected to be open more than two years ago. City officials say it's 95 percent complete, but the current design falls short of some promises.

Crime Low, But Citizens Still Want to Fight It

A movement in Brownsville to recruit volunteer crime-spotters would be one of several citizen patrols and blockwatch efforts active in New York, despite low crime and a massive police force.

Brooklyn Tenants Battle Gentrification on Many Fronts

You can debate whether gentrification is good or bad for neighborhoods. But it's clear that many low-income tenants aren't simply sitting and waiting to be pushed out of their homes.

Mixed Views of Gentrification's Threat in East New York

The area's improvement—thanks to community action and city policy—is undeniable. What's debated is whether the same displacement seen in Bed-Stuy and Bushwick is headed that way.

Brownsville: What Will NYPD 'Impact' Changes Mean?

Residents are divided over whether tweaks to the high-intensity policing program are cause for concern or celebration.

Plan for Community Use of Barclays Center Emerges

As the Atlantic Yards project slowly moves toward implementing the community benefits agreement that secured its approval, a lottery will be held for 10 events, sponsored by nonprofit groups, in arena spaces.

Housing Court Goes on Trial

Advocates who fault the court's facilities and lack of right to counsel found it guilty on all counts in a hearing at Brooklyn Borough Hall.

Progress Seen on NYCHA Repairs in East Brooklyn

In November residents extracted a promise from the authority to deal with a massive maintenance backlog. Some 75 percent of those tasks are done. But the list of things to fix is still growing.

For Clients Sick or Not, Hospitals Serve as Safe Havens

One aspect of the hospital crisis is that city hospitals exist not just to treat illness, but to protect vulnerable people from violence, homelessness and other threats.



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BLOG ENTRIES

Report: NYCHA Needs to Gear Up for the Next Sandy - Jarrett Murphy

Better communication and more resilient power systems are necessary, says a new report.

Sandy Surge Covered A Sixth of the City - Jarrett Murphy

And it affected more renters than homeowners, and a disproportionately high number of low-income people.

Reporter's Notebook: Red Hook - Candace Amos

Just minutes before we arrived, an elderly woman living on the second floor tumbled down the stairs, back first, after tripping over her cane while bringing groceries into her apartment.

Post-Sandy Housing Crisis: 4 Years Ago, NYC Asked 'What If?' - Jarrett Murphy

In 2008 the city solicited designs for temporary housing for 38,000 households uprooted from a coastal neighborhood by hurricane flooding. Now New York may confront a very similar, and very real, scenario.

Report Slams Housing Court For Tenant Treatment - Milesska Contreras

Access to lawyers, translation services and childcare would make Brooklyn Housing Court a fairer forum, according to a coalition of community groups.

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MULTIMEDIA

Photo Slideshow: City Limits' 35th Anniversary Celebration

City Limits hosted Celebration! to honor its 35th Anniversary and the people who make a difference in New York City's civic and advocacy community. Hosted by CUNY-BMCC, Mayor Michael Bloomberg proclaimed Wednesday, October 26, 2011 City Limits Day in honor of the non-profit investigative journalism organization.

Photo Slideshow: The Defining Brooklyn Issue Launch

On Monday, March 28, 2011, City Limits Magazine celebrated the launch of "Defining Brooklyn: The Borough Behind the Brand" at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation's Skylight Gallery.

Making the Connection to Care in Northern and Central Brooklyn

A comprehensive study by the Brooklyn Healthcare Improvement Project (anchored by SUNY Downstate Medical Center) on healthcare utilization and finance in Brooklyn.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Red Hook Brownfield Opportunity Area RFP

SBIDC is the recipient of a Red Hook Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) grant from the State of New York’s Department of State (DOS). The program supports a community-based planning process that seeks to reuse and redevelop properties in Red Hook’s industrial business zone (IBZ).

Targeted SNAP Outreach RFP - Queens Outreach

United Way of New York City (UWNYC) is in the process searching for a program partner to work with existing FSC partners in the provision of outreach, application assistance and application submission in the borough of Queens under its Targeted SNAP Outreach program with the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA).

Targeted SNAP Outreach RFP -Staten Island Outreach

United Way of New York City (UWNYC) is in the process searching for a program partner to work with existing FSC partners in the provision of outreach, application assistance and application submission in the borough of Staten Island under its Targeted SNAP Outreach program with the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA).

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EVENTS

IV Beautiful Gestures: Ivy Castellanos Solo Exhibition

Solo Exhibition of works by sculptor/performance artist Ivy Castellanos

Sandy Neighborhood Design HelpDesk

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. (Enterprise), the Center for New York City Neighborhoods (The Center), the Pratt Center for Community Development, and local community partners, including, the Mutual Housing Association of New York (MHANY), Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE), and New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), in collaboration with the NYC Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery Operations (HRO), will host the Sandy Neighborhood Design HelpDesk to offer free, one-on-one architecture, insurance, and mortgage consultations to Coney Island residents. This collaboration follows Mayor de Blasio's overhaul of Sandy recovery programs, which has streamlined and expedited relief while engaging community partners.

An Urban Education in Three Acts: Hold Fast to Dreams, Deborah Meier, and Yo, Miss

Joshua Steckel and Beth Zasloff, authors of Hold Fast to Dreams, join renowned educator Deborah Meier for an eye-opening discussion of the extreme challenges faced by low-income students reaching for a higher education.

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