Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
Hundreds of domestic violence victims fleeing their abusers have been waiting for as long as a decade for access to emergency housing run by the New York City Housing Authority, according to NYCHA documents obtained by DNAinfo.
There are 489 people who have been deemed at risk from abusive partners currently on the list of applicants waiting to get NYCHA housing, the agency confirmed Tuesday. And some of the applicants on the list of those eligible for NYCHA’s “N1″ priority housing — reserved for domestic violence victims and intimidated witnesses — have been waiting for a unit since 2003, NYCHA documents show.
Thursday, December 19th, 2013
He’s a man with a van — and a mission.
Construction worker Carlos Vargas, who started a mobile food pantry four years ago, and his volunteer crew feed up to 150 people a week in the Bronx and Manhattan, at a time when the city’s homeless population is the highest since the Great Depression.
Friday, December 13th, 2013
On a once-neglected plot in Bushwick, Brooklyn, there’s a quiet neighborhood of homes. The decayed former brownfield site of the Rheingold brewery now boasts 58 affordable duplexes, four three-family homes and 30 condominiums that are also 100 percent affordable, along with 88 co-op units and 272 subsidized apartments. A spot that embodied the neighborhood’s plagued landscape now has a tidy neighborhood of houses built in a Dutch style and a brick senior center on the ground floor of apartments with solar panels on the roof.
The neighborhood turned around through the political muscle of Vito Lopez, a fallen Brooklyn giant. He resigned as chairman of the Brooklyn Democrats in August of 2012 and gave up his long-held State Assembly seat in May after sexual harassment allegations—like the night he grabbed a female staffer’s hand in a bar and counted to 60 while looking the stricken young woman in the eye, according to a state ethics committee report.
Lopez lost a City Council race this fall after a career in which he had turned a remote and notorious area of Brooklyn into the home base of a political empire by helping the needy and mobilizing his beneficiaries. The ethnic politics of Williamsburg and the harassment allegations took down the leader of the Kings County Democrats. Yet Lopez also cemented a lasting legacy through the brick and mortar housing now present in the former vacant lots of Bushwick.
Thursday, December 5th, 2013
Tenants of two rundown South Bronx apartment buildings — who say they have grown fed up after years of dealing with leaks, rotting walls, bedbugs and mice — are going to court to wrest control of their homes from a private equity firm.
Residents of 755 Jackson Ave. and 836 Faile St. say their already poor living conditions worsened when their buildings fell into foreclosure and then into the hands of Stabilis Capital Management, a New York-based private equity firm, in 2011 and 2012.
“I got a cat just to kill the mice — they eat up my daughter’s clothes,” said Angelica Rosado, who lives at 755 Jackson Ave. with her husband and 4-year-old disabled daughter and uses her stove to heat her freezing apartment. “I was living in the projects before, but it was never like this — there was always heat and hot water and no mice.”