Housing Plan Targets Vacant Lots; Some Neighbors Leery
The administration sees city-owned vacant lots as potential sites for affordable housing. Communities that use—or hope to use—those parcels for gardens see them as something else.
Can Broad Housing Coalition Get Real Change from Albany?
Real Affordability for All is bringing an unusually broad coalition to press the state for changes to rent regulations and other policies to preserve affordable housing.
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.
Rent Board Forgoes Freeze, OKs 1 Percent Hike
There was high drama as the board voted narrowly for the lowest rent increase ever but defied Mayor de Blasio's call for a freeze. Updated!
College Readiness: One Star Student's Struggle
Shevanna Cole's high-school performance was so sound it got her on NY1 and into a private college. But that didn't mean the transition to undergraduate life was easy.
Getting Kids Ready for College, Beyond the Classroom
“College readiness” is the new education buzzword. But being prepared for college is about more than academic training, especially for kids who are the first in their families to attend.
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.
De Blasio Housing Plan Promises Inclusion, Density
The mayor's housing vision describes an array of programs the administration will pursue to build or preserve 200,000 units. But the key is the rezoning of several city neighborhoods.
Decade-Long Feud Over Bronx Buildings Erupts Anew
Tenant organizations and a group of companies linked to a key real-estate operator were back in court last week arguing over the aftermath of a 2005 defamation lawsuit.
Unlikely Key to NY's Mass Transit Hopes: The Automobile?
A new toll proposal reflects transit truths: Many drivers have few transit options, many subway lines couldn't handle large numbers of drivers who gave up their cars, and toll revenue is critical.
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.
Child Welfare Effort Avoids Taking Kids from Home by Giving them One
There's growing interest in using supportive housing to help families whose children might otherwise end up in the foster-care system.
Advocates Waiting for de Blasio to Fix Homeless Housing Program
The cluster program is widely criticized as expensive and disruptive. So far the new administration has yet to propose an alternative, but advocates have high hopes a plan is coming.
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.
Woes Continue at One De Blasio Watch-List Building
Tenants are still suffering at a Bronx building that both the then-Public Advocate's Worst Landlords List and the city's Alternative Enforcement Program have had on their radar screens.
Report Details Woes for NYC's Electric-Cab Experiment
Documents obtained by City Limits outline a litany of obstacles that the city's pilot project has so far been unable to surmount.
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.
Borough's Community Boards Push for Greater Impact
Training members and securing funds to hire city planning advisers is critical, officials say.
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.
Juvenile Justice Reform Falls Short of Goals
The Close to Home initiative was supposed to move detained kids to less restrictive settings and improve their ability to complete their education. That hasn't happened.
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