Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014

Groups Prod NYCHA to Keep Promises on Mold

Groups Prod NYCHA to Keep Promises on Mold

Six months after a landmark settlement was signed committing the housing authority to a comprehensive attack on potentially deadly fungus, advocates are optimistic but say they've seen little action.
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Beyond Scandal, NYCHA Residents Seek More Power

Amid the controversy over the management of New York's public housing, NYCHA officials are contemplating historic changes to how the agency operates. Tenants are looking for more ways to weigh in on those ideas.

Illegal Hotels Survive Crackdown, Some Say

Fifteen months after a move to strengthen enforcement against unauthorized rentals, the number of citations is up, but complaints continue. Some say the fines are too low. Others believe the law is unfair.

City Investigating Home for LGBT Youth

Current and former residents of a group home for LGBT youth say physical abuse, sexual misconduct and financial mismanagement were common.

For Some, Occupy Movement is a Test of Faith

Many in the Occupy Wall Street movement frame their advocacy in religious terms. For one Brooklyn clergyman, that means tension with some churches, and challenges for his own congregation.

Who's Afraid of NYU? School's Neighbors Air Gripes

In its push to expand, the school faces residual distrust from earlier development projects. We visited two recent university construction sites to see what it's like to be NYU's next-door neighbor.

East Harlem: Of 500 Budget Ideas, a Few Survive

Delegates in Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito's district had to get savvy about how to get the maximum out of their million. So they expanded the scope of potential projects and limited the number they'd consider.

Amid Court Fight, Formerly Homeless In Limbo

The end of the Advantage subsidy program leaves advocates battling to salvage a policy they criticized, the city bracing for more demand for scarce shelter beds and low-income families wondering what comes next.

Sales of HIV Meds Catch Lawmakers' Eyes

Prosecutors and legislators report an increase in illegal sales of HIV medication by people looking to feed their families or support drug habits. Will tougher criminal penalties slow the market?

Mixed Evidence of Methadone Crackdown

An advocacy group's survey says police harassment of methadone patients is common. Statistics suggest methadone-related arrests are rare.

Washington Heights Sees White-Collar Boom

Lured by low rents, corporations are seeking space in Northern Manhattan. The trend has complex implications for existing small businesses and nearby residents who are unemployed.



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BLOG ENTRIES

Watch the Mayoral Debate on Low-Income Issues - Jarrett Murphy

Seven candidates representing four parties discussed wages, sick leave, stop-and-frisk and other issues—to cheers and jeers from the crowd, and occasional jabs from one another.

As NYCHA Seeks Flexibility, Tenant Advocates Concerned - Jarrett Murphy

The city's public housing agency wants rules relaxed to allow creative budgeting. But advocates for residents want stronger assurances that financial flexibility won't come at the cost of tenant rights.

Closing Schools More Poor, Less White - Jarrett Murphy

Schools the Bloomberg administration has targeted for closure have student populations demographically different from the average facility. And many had absorbed an increasing number of struggling students.

City Says New Bus Service Works; Job Numbers Dip - Jarrett Murphy

As the mayor unveils a scaled-back Select Bus System for 34th Street, a look at how bus experiments on 1st and 2nd Avenues have worked out. Plus, new city employment data and a look at City Councilmembers' human rights records.

March to Bring Communities of Color to Occupy Wall Street - Jarrett Murphy

Critics of Occupy Wall Street fault its lack of racial diversity on one hand, and the diversity of its political messages on the other. A march planned for Monday will challenge the first critique. A visit to Zuccotti questions the second.

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MULTIMEDIA

Foreclosed Properties in NYC: A Look at the Last 15 Years

A look at how the nationwide mortgage crisis has affected the city and created a glut of real-estate owned properties.

Is Blogging a Slog? Some Young People Think So

A new media study shows that long-form blogging may have fallen out of favor by young people, who have turned to social networking and video content-based websites instead.

Voter Registration Profile: Upper West Side Manhattan

A voter registration profile of the 67th assembly district covering the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Anti-Violence Career Readiness Curriculum RFP

The Workforce Development Division (WFDD) of the National Urban League is seeking an experienced curriculum developer with the ability to deliver a high- impact career readiness and anti-violence curriculum targeted to the needs of court-involved youth.

Anti-Violence Career Readiness Curriculum RFP

The Workforce Development Division (WFDD) of the National Urban League is seeking an experienced curriculum developer with the ability to deliver a high- impact career readiness and anti-violence curriculum targeted to the needs of court-involved youth.

Two Day Capacity-Building Training

The National Urban League (NUL) Workforce Development Division (WFDD) seeks a consultant to create and conduct a two-day, in-depth capacity-building training. This training has the goal of providing in-depth exercises, best practices, and materials in four areas shown by research to be essentail to quality workforce development programs, namely 1) case management, 2) data management, 3) partnerships, and 4) sector-based trainings

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EVENTS

SOHO CONTEMPORARY ART INTRODUCES ARTIST RICH SIMMONS IN LONDON CALLING? SALE AND EXHIBITION

Soho Contemporary Art introduces artist Rich Simmons in his first solo exhibition in the United States, “London Calling.”

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

"Someone Else" (U.S. Premiere)

Abel Azcona uses his body to illustrate personal experiences of abandonment, pain, and empathy. In Someone Else he shows us interpersonal relations, both sentimental and sexual, in which in a parallel way, true feelings, true love, or the true object of desire are all hidden. The artist shares different intimacies with different people, making the antagonist-guest the protagonist. He presents dreams that become true in the mind, but never in the actual body. Abel Azcona is a Spanish interdisciplinary and performance artist. He creates cathartic works as a means of self-knowledge and personal construction. Azcona’s artwork has been presented in various museums, contemporary art centers, and galleries worldwide. Synergistically autobiographical and critical, his work takes audiences into his inner world and invites them to share their own experiences. His themes are directly informed by his experiences as the child of a prostitute, and his passing through multiple children’s shelters, mental institutions, and foster homes, as well as adolescent episodes of drug use, prostitution, and several suicide attempts. The resilient artist assures the public that when he practices self-harm, it is his own choice to alter the shape of his body, as opposed to an abused child or woman who has no choice.

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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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Beautiful Spheres of NYC

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

Bronx Latino

a lifestyle

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.