Voices of NY

NYCHA Tenants Demand Repairs

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Standing at the pulpit, Nancy Baptiste led her congregation in reciting not amens or hymns, but the number most public housing tenants have committed to memory:


That’s the phone number New York City Housing Authority, or NYCHA, tenants call when something needs to be fixed. Too often, Baptiste said, no one shows up, the wrong work gets done, or the maintenance crew makes the problem worse.

“Enough is enough,” said Baptiste, who lives in Canarsie’s Bayview Houses. “It’s time for the mayor to show up and be accountable. Give NYCHA the money it needs to finish the work, hire enough staff to get the job done right, and make sure they’re properly supervised so the work is completed.”


Ebola Hits Home in Brooklyn

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Imani House, Inc., the Park Slope nonprofit which runs a clinic in Liberia, was forced to close the clinic temporarily on September 17 after one of its staffers contracted Ebola, the deadly virus which has killed more than 2,800 people in four West African nations, nearly 1,500 of them in Liberia alone, according to the World Health Organization.


Relief Effort Faces Trust Issues

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

A group of friends were meeting at the Filthy Rich Barbershop in Woodside to discuss what they could do to help with the relief effort in the Philippines. They settled on the idea of raising money through individual donations and fundraising events, setting a goal of $10,000 to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

But there was a problem: How could they be sure the money would go to the right place?


Real Estate PAC Lands Some Wins

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

In New York’s first citywide election since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in 2010 gave a green light to independent campaign spending, the city’s real estate industry dove into the primary headlong. Their bid to help elect industry-friendly members to the City Council racked up many wins, along with a few notable losses.

All told, Council races saw $6.1 million of outside independent spending by new political action committees. The biggest player by far was Jobs for New York, a group funded by some of the city’s major real estate companies, which was responsible for about 80 percent of the outside spending – flooding primary campaigns with $4.9 million.

The real estate PAC won more than three-quarters of the races where it backed candidates, records show.


Electoral Milestone in Brooklyn

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Chef Serves up Food and Peace

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Dance Helps Keep Culture Alive

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Islamic Group Aids Relief Effort

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Communities Unite Against Sandy

Monday, December 3rd, 2012