Article Briefs

Article Briefs

Published: 
October 2016

Care, Not Condos

About 30 people from Met Council, Save Rivington House, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, Good Old Lower Eastside, New York Communities for Change, and others demonstrated outside City Hall Sept. 29 to demand the end of giveaways to developers. The rally and press conference came before the City Council held a hearing on the Rivington House debacle, in which the city allowed a nonprofit deed restriction to be lifted on the Lower East Side property, enabling a for-profit developer to convert a nursing home into luxury housing.

 

Brooklyn Tenants Cooking

Members of the Flatbush Tenants Council raise money at a Brooklyn street fair Sept. 25, selling home-cooked Caribbean delicacies like jerk chicken and rice and peas.

 

Bronx Rezoning Protest

Bronx community groups joined labor unions Sept. 29 for a demonstration outside a Department of City Planning hearing on the proposed rezoning of the Jerome Avenue area under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “mandatory inclusionary housing” program. They were demanding that any rezoning require “deep affordability”—building apartments that people who live in the area can afford to rent—and include strong anti-displacement protections. They also want it to mandate that developers hire local workers and provide career-track jobs with union-scale safety standards. Groups involved included Community Action for Safe Apartments, the Latino Pastoral Action Center, the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, the United Auto Merchants Association, Laborers Local 79, the New York City District Council of Carpenters, 100 Black Construction Workers, and the New York State Iron Workers District Council.