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Housing and Development

Brooklyn Tenants Get Vow of NYCHA Fixes

Over 450 tenants presented housing authority officials a long list of maintenance and repair needs, and got a promise that fixes would be made by Christmas, organizers say.

Lessons of Willets Point: Trading Parkland for Developer's Donation

In the second of part of our series on a development process that spanned much of the Bloomberg administration, we look at how parks fare under this deal—and others.

Lessons of Willets Point: Will A New Mayor Do Development Differently?

Perhaps no project embodied the Bloomberg administration's development style better than Willets Point. Will Joe Lhota or Bill de Blasio change that approach?

Bronx Community Leaders Irked By Homeless Shelter

Another Bronx apartment building becomes a temporary home for the homeless, worrying community leaders.

Forest City Ratner Again Gets Extension from MTA

The developer has pushed back for a second time the formal start of construction on a new railyard, raising new questions about the timeline for promised housing.

The 2013 Primary Candidates on Public Housing

This city in a city—the nation's oldest and largest public housing system—faces operating shortfalls and a huge list of capital needs. How can City Hall protect this resource?

The 2013 Primary Candidates on Affordable Housing

The hopefuls offer different menus of zoning schemes, investment plans, tax breaks and more to try to build and preserve tens of thousands of units during the next decade.

The 2013 Primary Candidates on Homelessness

The population of the city's shelter system having skyrocketed to 50,000 people, the mayoral candidates propose a variety of ways to address the crisis.

Federal-Funded Effort May Reshape East New York

As part of an Obama administration bid to create more transit-centered development, the Brooklyn neighborhood may see a rezoning to encourage housing and retail.

Bangladeshi Enclave Grows in City Line

As a large community has taken root, there have been conscious efforts to promote cross-cultural cooperation.

Spring Creek Builder's Promises Spur Cheers, Jeers

An extensive community benefits agreement between the developer of the Gateway II project is hailed by many. But some community groups feel left out.

Tensions at Brooklyn Coop Reflect Mitchell-Lama Woes

Lindsay Park's leaders say they're acting to stabilize the development's finances. But some residents say the board's moves have been bad for their own wallets.

Bronx Armory Saga: Will it Echo Nationwide?

For 20 years, community groups and the city wrestled over the Kingsbridge Armory. The latest and most likely proposal includes a landmark community benefits deal that could be a national model.

Twenty-Something ... and Ready to be Adopted

Children who "age out" of foster care often face steep challenges, prompting new interest in finding families for people much older than typical candidates for adoption.

Suit Over Homeless Shelters in East New York

The plaintiffs say their neighborhood is overburdened by shelters and other social-service facilities. But the city says it's merely trying to keep the homeless close to their neighborhoods.

Plan to Build on Vacant Lots Stirs Displacement Fears

A plan to build housing on property once part of the Rheingold brewery in Bushwick has aroused concern about the project's impact on housing prices across the neighborhood.

Pols Aggressively Shaping Bronx Community Boards

The sway that the borough president and councilmembers have over the boards isn't new. But the past year has seen several high-profile instances of officials using that power.

FreshDirect Foes Say They'll Appeal

Opponents of the plan to locate a headquarters for the grocery delivery firm in Mott Haven want to overturn a ruling last month that rejected their bid to block the deal.

East New York Elderly Fight Displacement

A new senior housing development in the neighborhood aims not just to address a citywide senior housing shortage, but also to create a foothold for the aged amid new real-estate investment.

Housing Violations Not the Issue in Beef with Landlord

Tenant complaints usually involve violations of the city's housing code. Chestnut Holdings buildings posts few of those, but some tenants say there are still serious problems.

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Optimism on Massive Portfolio of Working-Class Housing - Jarrett Murphy

Advocates hoped a new owner would take on the troubled "three-borough pool." But they welcome a deal with the state AG protecting tenants' rights.

NYC's Housing Crunch is Part of National Crisis - Jarrett Murphy

A new report finds renters are being priced out of housing across the country—not because of a lack of supply, but because of the inadequacy of our incomes.

Advocates Want De Blasio Admin. to Lean on Lender - Jarrett Murphy

A 44-building portfolio is in foreclosure, and tenant advocates are hoping the city will pressure firms tied to the parcels' financing to sell to a responsible buyer.

NBC Keeps the Heat on Brooklyn Landlord - Jarrett Murphy

The man in the elevator said he didn't know anything about the buildings where tenants' rooms had been left in shambles. Turns out he owned them.

Where the Bloomberg Affordable Housing Went - Jarrett Murphy

Mayor Bloomberg left office celebrating the creation or preservation of 160,000 units of affordable housing. Which borough got the most? Which community boards saw the most production?

NYers Pan Mayor's Record on Homelessness; Want Shelter Time Limits - Jarrett Murphy

Only one in four survey respondents approve of the mayor's handling of homelessness, even though most say they haven't seen an increase in homelessness under the mayor.

Report: Three-Quarters Houses Are Troubled but Valued - Jarrett Murphy

Informal homes for people with substance abuse problems or re-entering society after a stint in prison often violate the building code and tenants' rights. But tenants prefer them to the street.

With New Mayor Coming, Advocates Focus on Senior Housing - Jarrett Murphy

One candidate has his own housing plan. The other has endorsed a coalition's blueprint. But whoever wins is going to be pressed to address the specific housing needs of aging New Yorkers.

What's the Next Stop for CitiBike? - Oliver Morrison

The project plans to target neighborhoods next to the areas it's already serving. Some would rather it target a clientele that's more diverse, and less affluent, than the current ridership.

What Should the Next Mayor Do About Homelessness? - Jarrett Murphy

Homeless policy has dogged the last four mayors of New York City. A recent panel looked at how the next mayor might turn the page.

Call for Tax Credits for Public Housing - Jarrett Murphy

Federal support for public housing operating expenses has been lagging costs for a decade. A NYCHA board member said a new approach might shore up funding from Washington.

Fewer Homeless on Streets, Lots More on Subways - Jarrett Murphy

The Department of Homeless Services announced a "decline of 28 percent across the five boroughs since 2005." That was the good news.

City Limits Honored for Sandy, Hospitals Coverage - Jarrett Murphy

Congratulations to our two Ippies honorees, Ruth Ford and Batya Ungar-Sargon.

A Housing Problem … Or an Income Problem? - Jarrett Murphy

A report finds shortcomings in the mayor's affordable housing plan. But as many workers' incomes stagnate, any housing program is going to face very difficult math.

City Limits Magazines’ Archive Now All Digital, Accessible - City Limits

With a grant from the New York Community Trust, our 36-year archive is now digital (and fully accessible for free) online.

A Headstone for Jashawn Parker - Jarrett Murphy

Advocates in the Bronx neighborhood where he died in a 2002 apartment fire are collecting money to pay for a grave marker for Jashawn Parker, whose story is told in this month's issue of City Limits magazine.

Report Sees Renters' Crisis - Jarrett Murphy

When a housing market collapse kicked America into recession, it was reasonable to hope that one benefit would be to reduce housing costs for low-income people. No such luck.

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.

Veterans of 'Battle of Brooklyn' Tell War Stories in Bronx - Jordan Moss

Brooklynites who fought against the Atlantic Yards development shared lessons they learned with Bronx residents who are resisting a different city-subsidized development deal.



Shelter Resident Weighs In On Cuomo-De Blasio Debate

By Arvernetta Henry

Shelter Resident Weighs In On Cuomo-De Blasio Debate

For Arvernetta Henry, the stakes in the budget talks are pretty simple. With a rent subsidy, she gets out of the shelter. Without it, she doesn't.

NYC's Silent Infrastructure Challenge: Aging Public Buildings

By Adam Forman

NYC's Silent Infrastructure Challenge: Aging Public Buildings

When New Yorkers think about aging infrastructure, bridges, roads and pipes come to mind. But schools, hospitals, jails and other public buildings aren't getting any younger, either.

How to Keep the Public in Public Housing

By Tom Angotti and Sylvia Morse

How to Keep the Public in Public Housing

Mayor de Blasio's move to cut fees the city charges NYCHA is just one step toward making public housing vibrant and sustainable in New York.

HPD Responds to Criticism of Project Linked to Deputy Mayor

By Eric Enderlin

HPD Responds to Criticism of Project Linked to Deputy Mayor

The agency says The Bradford, which serves families making up to $194,000, was a wise use of resources to achieve income diversity and supply affordable housing to under-served income groups.

Pricey Building Raises Questions for De Blasio Housing Plan

By Kerim Odekon

Pricey Building Raises Questions for De Blasio Housing Plan

A development that used generous subsidies and largely offered high-rent units represents the kind of deal the mayor's affordable housing initiative ought to avoid.



Criminalizing Communities: NYPD Abuse of Vulnerable Populations

Report says NYPD tactics and attitudes unjustly target blacks, Latinos, gays, transgender people, vendors and sex workers.

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.