The New York City Housing Authority has been quietly selling off about $18 million worth of unused supplies for a fraction of the price they originally cost taxpayers. The goods include furniture, sinks, office supplies and briefcases, according to an investigation by the New York Daily News. Comptroller Scott Stringer is reportedly looking into NYCHA’s purchasing problems, which were previously identified in a 2012 report commissioned by NYCHA’s then-chairman John Rhea. NYCHA has been selling the … [more]Read more ›
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State Senator Jeffrey Klein and a group of other politicians released a report this week in which they found “deplorable conditions” in multiple New York City Housing Authority buildings. The report looks at 49 buildings in five different developments in all five boroughs, according to the New York Daily News. Among the findings were 17 stairwells without working lights, the newspaper reported. The report also found that at least seven fires started due to clogged debris in … [more]Read more ›
Thousands of New Yorkers are now living in poorly kept “cluster units” as the city’s homeless population tops 59,000. For instance, 594 Park Place in Brooklyn has 20 units and 37 open-code violations, including lead paint and nonworking smoke detectors, according to the New York Daily News. Another temporary housing project at 19 West Mosholu Parkway North in the Bronx has 50 units and 63 open-code violations, including lead paint and collapsed ceilings. Yet another … [more]Read more ›
Could New York City appear on its own worst landlords list? A new report expected to be released on Monday suggests that the city is falling short in its management of the city’s public housing system, which serves more than 400,000 families. The report – “Strengthening New York City’s Public Housing: Directions for Change,” by the Community Service Society, a nonprofit advocacy group for low-income New Yorkers — is based on data from 2011. The report … [more]Read more ›
Amid safety concerns, the Ravenswood Houses in Astoria will receive a new lighting system, updating a decades-old dilapidated system. Residents at the New York City Housing Authority complex say the old bulbs had grown so dim that they no longer felt safe coming home at night to the 2,167-unit complex, which houses roughly 4,500 residents. Installation of the new light system, which will also include a re-circuiting of the building’s lights, is expected to cost… [more]Read more ›
A disabled woman in Brooklyn is suing the New York Housing Authority for $1 million after the agency ignored her requests to move into a smaller unit for more than a decade. The woman, Luduvina Gomez, occupies a three-bedroom duplex apartment on her own in Coney Island, but NYCHA allegedly ignored her when she asked to move a smaller city-housing apartment, according to the New York Post. In 2003, NYCHA sent Gomez a form requesting that she… [more]Read more ›
Keeping the projects safe doesn’t come cheap in New York City. The city assigns about 2,000 officers to New York City Housing Authority buildings, at a cost of roughly $70 million a year. But that could soon change. Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has promised to end NYCHA’s payments to the NYPD, saying the money “was taken on the assumption that NYCHA was just awash in federal money, all these wonderful resources coming into NYCHA. And… [more]Read more ›
Some New York City public-housing residents are trying to make some extra cash this holiday season by renting out their subsidized apartments. Advertisements for nightly or monthly sublets have begun to appear on Craigslist, with asking prices ranging from $350 t0 $650, according to the New York Post. “Huge room available immediately in a 3-bedroom apartment for rent,” one Craigslist ad with a New York Housing Authority address reads. “Females only . . . no drugs, no… [more]Read more ›
As temperature dipped into the 20s last weekend, hundreds of New York City Housing Authority tenants in the Bronx were left in the cold as heating systems failed. Hundreds of apartments at the Throggs Neck Houses, Mott Haven Houses and 1471 Watson Avenue in Soundview were without heat over the weekend. One Throggs Neck resident told DNAinfo that the heat went out on Friday and wasn’t back up until midday on Monday, while eight buildings… [more]Read more ›
From leaks to rats, the New York City Housing Authority has vowed to make repairs in 150 apartments in Brownsville, Canarsie and East New York before Christmas. NYCHA Executive Vice President for Operations Carlos Laboy-Diaz made the promise during a November 18th meeting with some 450 tenants angry over years of ignored repair requests. “The language was for Christmas, and it will be a wonderful and well-deserved gift,” Rev. David Brawley, of the East Brooklyn Congregations,… [more]Read more ›
The New York City Housing Authority’s controversial land lease program is seeing fresh opposition in court. On Tuesday, representatives from the Urban Justice Center, the New York Environmental Law and Justice Project, tenants’ rights and advocacy groups, and resident associations from five of the eight NYCHA developments targeted for the program will come together to file a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court. The lawsuit will attempt to prevent NYCHA from accepting bids for… [more]Read more ›
More than bricklayers or exterminators, the New York City Housing Authority spends approximately $8 million a year on a team of 98 lawyers to litigate against its 600,000 tenants. When residents make complaints or seek repairs they are often confronted by a lawyer instead of a repairman, according to the New York Daily News. In one extreme case an East Harlem resident was left without hot water for nearly two years. And when a judge… [more]Read more ›
The Bloomberg administration, the New York City Housing Authority, the New York City Housing Development Corporation and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that $732 million will be slotted for repairs at NYCHA developments across the city – the largest value of bond proceeds ever raised for public housing capital funds. Of that total amount, $476 million will go to repairs of deteriorating building exteriors and systems at 24 public housing developments. In… [more]Read more ›
The ground floor apartments of the Throggs Neck Houses have been regularly flooded with raw sewage, and senior residents are accusing the New York City Housing Authority of shirking their responsibility to fix the mess, according to the New York Daily News. Tenants who are used to being up to their knees in toxic sludge every few months are saying something’s wrong with the building’s sewage system. Meanwhile, representatives from the NYCHA are saying the… [more]Read more ›
The New York City Housing Authority is bringing on an ex-board member to take over a mixed bag of duties, including community relations, Crain’s reported. Margarita Lopez starts Aug. 15 as executive vice president for community programs and development; she will report to General Manager Cecil House. Lopez served on NYCHA’s board until last month when a new state law abolished it. In her new role, Lopez will oversee community outreach and development coordination — her… [more]Read more ›
NEW YORK—Saying they feared second-class-citizen treatment in their own neighborhoods, public housing residents Friday bashed an unusual plan to lease land in their complexes for new apartments aimed mostly at richer residents.
The plan would put new…
NEW YORK—The city administration has planted more than 660,000 trees as part of the MillionTreesNYC project.
The city is also encouraging developers to build micro-apartment buildings, with a proposal selected in January for the first building to be …