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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Details Delayed For Long-Stalled NYCHA Project

After being torn down for a redevelopment that proved too pricey to complete, Prospect Plaza is being replaced by a mix of public- and affordable housing. The metrics of that mix are still being worked out.

Tenants Form Union to Fight Gentrification

In the struggle to hold on to their places in neighborhoods where rents are rising rapidly, a group in Crown Heights is hoping there's strength in numbers.

In Sunset Park, Demise of Affordable Units Feared

Hundreds of apartments covered by Section 8—key anchors in a neighborhood where affordability is threatened by gentrification—are slated to leave the program.

Churches Become Housing in Bushwick

One former Lutheran church being converted to housing will include affordable units. It's unclear whether another former house of worship will offer non-market apartments as well.

Brownsville Board Says Home Runs Threaten Motorists

The local community board wants a higher fence at the Brownsville Rec Center to prevent softballs from striking cars on Linden Boulevard. But the center has a long list of other needs.

State Grant Helps 2 Sunset Park After-School Sites

The community school model—in which schools are used as a hub to address a range of community needs—is already in use in the neighborhood.

Report Sees Long-List of Post-Sandy Needs

A report from the Brooklyn Recovery Fund makes neighborhood-specific and borough-wide recommendations—both for action needed now, and for planning that's necessary before the next storm.

Brooklyn Members Get Key Council Posts

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito gave members from the borough control of 15 of the Council's 37 committees, including the powerful Land Use panel.

Sunset Park Cops Aim To Protect Lunar New Year Revelers

It's the time of year to exchange red envelopes containing cash—a signal to thieves and a focus of two Brooklyn precincts.

Frustration at Lack of Sites to Ease School Crowding in Sunset Park

Some parents are willing to look at locations on the west side of hazardous Third Avenue, while others want the city to consider using eminent domain.



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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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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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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).

Making Policy Public - CUP Call for Partners

Open call for partners for our Making Policy Public program. Community organizations and advocacy groups that need help visually explaining a policy or planning issue are encouraged to apply by Friday, July 12, 2013 no later than 11 pm.

EPA Proposes Plan for Cleaning Up Gowanus Canal

EPA Proposes Plan for Cleaning Up Gowanus Canal

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Protest & Rally to End the Killing of Cats & Dogs in NYC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : Protest and Rally to End the Killing of Cats and Dogs in NYC! Kay Riviello, President of No Kill New York, Inc. (501(c)3 Nonprofit) Host, September 20, 2014, Saturday, Noon-3pm City Hall, New York City Kay Riviello has led the grassroots effort of the FB group, New York Animal Rights Alliance America with about 10,000 members, for about four years and now brings together between 300 and 500 activists dressed in red to rise up against the atrocities committed by New York Animal Care & Control under the auspices of the Department of Health. At City Hall, we will address the press and present our agenda to the NYC Council and Mayor DeBlasio whom we believe need our support to initiate these revolutionary changes. We protest and rally for the following: 1) Cease and desist from the killing of cats and dogs at New York Animal Care & Control. 2) Repeal 0655/059 and Build True No-Kill Shelters in Queens & the Bronx, boroughs that have upwards of two million people each with no animal shelters. 3) Rescind the Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) mandate in which the Public Housing Authority prohibits dogs over 25 pounds (and certain breeds) and rescind the draconian dog/cat limit to one companion animal. BSL is against NY State Law. 4) Provide free and low-cost spay neuter for the citizens of NY and their companion animals. Such a program would save tax dollars to the True No Kill Shelter system in the long run and is the only humane solution for our current dilemma. 5) Stronger enforcement by the New York City Police Department of animal cruelty laws with augmented special units throughout the five boroughs. Assist the Dept of Agriculture to arrest “backyard breeders.” No Kill New York, Inc., plans to file a lawsuit against the Department of Health for the deplorable conditions at NY- ACC with lack of veterinary care, incompetence of a municipal entity, animal cruelty and negligence with wrongful death, which we believe should lead to criminal charges against certain individuals that have operated with impunity in this system unchecked for far too long. We are an animal rights organization and seek for nothing less than cats and dogs to have legal rights in a court of law. Additionally, we seek to have the criminal horse carriage industry dismantled immediately. The horses are forced to work many long hours in one of the most congested cities, with inadequate food and water, in all kinds of heat and cold, and horrific living conditions. We are also advocating for the banning of the USDA-led slaughter of geese, swan and crows, as well as the protection of pigeons and stronger legislation to protect all animals in our city. Please contact Kay Riviello at kay@radicalphotos.com or call (845) 856-7366 for interviews and further information. Visit nokill-newyork.org to view our poster campaign

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Financial Planning and Tax Preparation for Artists

Financial Planning and Tax Preparation for Artists.

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Potential Oil Boom In SE Wyo. Raises Water Questions

This report, from the Wyoming-based investigative think tank, Wyo File, talks about the implications of hydraulic fracturing in Southeast Wyoming, a process currently being considered in Upstate New York with huge implications for the drinking water of New York City

Who will take care of the interests of the Crimean Tatar people?

Over recent years the leaders of Majlis practically have come out against interests of Crimean Tartar People. Mustafa Dzhemilev and some other leaders of Crimean Tartars try to mistake their own group objectives for the interests of the whole national group. Herein, the actions of disobedience of Crimean Tartars, instigated by the noted persons, are used actively, allegedly, for the sake of defending of their rights, but in actual for the purpose of creation conditions for carrying out pressure on Ukrainian leadership. All mentioned above happens when the Ukrainian leadership does its utmost to improve economic and social situation of the Crimean Tartars even in the conditions of world financial crisis, which has appreciably worsened and added to difficulties of economic situation in Ukraine.

Study: Too Few Contracts to Minority, Women Biz

Council members behind study say much more can be done; mayor's office says study doesn't include subcontracts to minority- and women-owned enterprises.

New York Communities Take on Foreclosures

A commentary from Nation Magazine editor Katrina vanden Heuvel highlights the foreclosure problem in New York City.

Agencies Almost Always Have The Last Word

Courts have little power to overturn decisions by agency hearing officers — as two evicted public housing tenants recently learned.

New York's Recovery Is Stronger Than Nation's, But Still Uneven

New York City has weathered the recession far better than was feared during the financial crisis, but outside of Manhattan the view is often bleaker.

One Simple Path To A Degree

This article examines a proposal by a California state legislator that would require community colleges to provide students with a clear path on how to acquire their degree.

New Bronx Resource Guide for Family Caregivers

The Office of Community Health at Montefiore Medical Center has just released "Caring for Yourself While Caregiving," a new resource guide for Bronx-based family caregivers. Available in English and Spanish, the guide provides 32 pages of helpful, low-cost resources in six unique categories for people caring for an aging parent, spouse, partner, elderly relative, child with an illness or disability, or another person close to them. To order a copy, call (718) 920-6576 or email PCareSupport@montefiore.org.

100,000 Homes for 100,000 Vulnerable Americans

Invisiblepeople.tv's Mark Horvath posts the following article on the launch of the "100,000 Homes Campaign", organized by Common Ground.

Will The Gowanus Ever Be Cleaned Up

For nearly a year, residents, politicians, businesspeople and others battled over the EPA’s consideration of the 1.8-mile waterway for a Superfund listing.

Brownstones and Bodegas

New York photoblog created by Brooklyn based Crown Heights photographer William Hogg.

Peace Now

Peace, Community, City life

We Have Risen Above

Pete Mroz is an independent artist that found funding through the creative site kickstarter.com. Truly is amazing in these tough economic times that people still rise to the challenge of helping the arts!

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Sweat Equals Success

Tough workouts, good eats and crazy adventure in our beautiful city and beyond.

Inside Kenmore Hall

a tenants' eye view of life in an allegedly supportive housing S.R.O. managed by H.S.I. - it's a ghetto in the middle of Gramercy Park, and is supposed to be better than homelessness, but the level of illegal drug activity and violence inside the building is higher than on the surrounding streets or in shelters.

Child and Parent Welfare-My Encounters With ACS

Accounts of carelessness and laziness of ACS and ACS contract agency employees.

Bronx Entrepreneurs and Business Network

a blog by, for and about Bronx entrepreneurs and businesses

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NYx2 with Chris + Amber

"The New York times WE have" He's Australian, she's Canadian, he's gay, she's straight - they come from two very different worlds, and live very different lifestyles in the same city: New York City. You just might find humour and entertainment in their perceptions and experiences of life as foreigners living in New York. Follow them each week as they navigate their way through life here in the city. If not, well... at least their moms will be listening.