Mayor Bill de Blasio at Borinquen Courts on Jan. 16. Photo: Rachel Rippetoe

Mayor comes to Mott Haven to celebrate housing policies

Housing, Politics January 17, 2019 at 7:58 pm 0 comments

Although the mayor did not say why he chose Mott Haven as the place to sum up his administration’s achievements, he alluded to it by touching on the growing concerns over gentrification.

Tenants fight protracted legal battle with landlords

Tenants fight protracted legal battle with landlords

Housing December 13, 2018 at 3:27 pm 0 comments

Soon after reporting a leak in the sink in her apartment at 386 E 139th St., Blonnie Rodgers, 63, said she heard an aggressive knock at her door. When she opened the door the building’s managing agent, Sam Rosen, was standing outside. “He told me, ‘You better watch whose toesRead More

Water outages add to woes for Patterson Houses residents

Water outages add to woes for Patterson Houses residents

Housing December 11, 2018 at 9:59 pm 0 comments

Residents at Patterson Houses rushed to the fire hydrant outside 300 E. 143rd St. on the first Sunday afternoon in December to draw water. But there was no fire to quickly extinguish; instead, they lined up, buckets in-hand that frigid day because their running water had been abruptly cut off without notice. 

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War on drugs hits close to home

Housing, Police November 28, 2018 at 3:17 pm 0 comments

Because there is no security in Velez’s building, people have been coming inside to shoot up. Drug paraphernalia, blood, overdosed bodies and feces are just a few of the obstacles the residents of the building have to bypass in order to make it into their apartments. 

By Rachel Rippetoe

NYCHA no more: Betances Houses officially converted to RAD housing 

Housing November 22, 2018 at 8:51 am 0 comments

The 40 buildings stretching from from 136th Street to 145th Street were converted to the federal Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, which means they will now be managed and renovated by a private developer, but remain under basic NYCHA guidelines, including keeping rent at 30 percent of residents’ income.

Photo by Emma Davis

Rats run wild in NYCHA complexes

Health, Housing October 26, 2018 at 10:32 am 0 comments

Rats aren’t unique to local public housing complexes, but they’re one of the many signs of disrepair at area NYCHA developments.

NYCHA tenants cope with aftermath of flooding

NYCHA tenants cope with aftermath of flooding

Housing October 5, 2018 at 1:38 pm 0 comments

A month later, tenants deal with mold and bureaucratic delays A burst pipe on the floor above hers sent water dripping from the crevices of Beatrice Dickerson’s ceiling in August, flooding her Morrisania Air Rights apartment with more than two inches of water. A month later, Dickerson, 76, said theRead More

Trash piles up along 146th St. outside of Betances Houses. Photo by Rachel Rippetoe

Trash piles up after NYCHA loses contractor 

Housing September 27, 2018 at 11:17 am 0 comments

Residents say the rotting debris has created a stench, and attracted rats and flies inside both public apartments and the surrounding private homes.