NYCHA Security Cameras Blocked

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

It’s tough to spot criminals you can’t see.

Yet five NYCHA security cameras at the gritty Van Dyke Houses in Brownsville have been rendered useless since the agency installed scaffolding that blocks their view.


Hookah Smoke Complaints Heat Up

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Bay Ridge community board leaders are considering going door to door to neighborhood hookah lounges and asking owners to install better ventilation systems amid complaints about secondhand smoke.

“It’s wonderful to smell people’s cooking, but not tobacco and hookah smoke,” said Josephine Beckmann, district manager of Community Board 10, which includes Bay Ridge. “This is a big problem because you have many elderly people and asthmatics living” above hookah lounges.


Check out the graphic below showing the parts of a hookah:

Housing Vision for Vacant Lots

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

A neat stretch of row houses comes to an abrupt halt at 2247 Walton Ave., in the Bronx, where a boarded-up house warning of rat poison sits beside a fenced-in lot covered in dead grass and garbage. The site has remained empty for several years and has served as an effective backdrop for media events held by Picture the Homeless, an advocacy group headquartered nearby.

Throughout the Bloomberg administration, Picture the Homeless campaigned for the city to turn the thousands of vacant lots and buildings strewn across the boroughs into affordable housing for the city’s growing homeless population.

The group may now have a high-profile ally to champion its cause: Mayor Bill de Blasio.


Scenes From a Tragedy

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Violence Victims Wait for Homes

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Meals on Wheels for Homeless

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Vito Lopez’s Complex Legacy

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Angry Tenants Seek Equity

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Tell us What #PovertyIs

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013