Quality Of LIfe

UnHomeless NYC

The Brooklyn Rail, Joseph Masheck, March 29, 2024 How many times have we rushed past the small non-commercial Hudson Guild Gallery, in a public housing project in Chelsea, on our way to some big-bucks exhibition? It now has a show on the theme of homelessness and housing, with works by well-known conceptual as well as unknown […]

First City-Wide Rent Reduction in the History of New York State Upheld by Appellate Court

MRONLINE, John Mage, March 28, 2024  Five judge panel rules unanimously determination of Kingston Rent Guidelines Board mandating 15% rent reduction is valid “[n]othing in the applicable statutory language explicitly requires that the Board adjust the rent upward rather than downward.” New York State’s Emergency Tenant Protection Act of 1974 permits the regulation of residential […]

Real estate industry-backed proposals would worsen housing crisis

SUE SUSMAN,  HUI CHENG YONG and  ILLAPA SAIRITUPAC, March 28, 2024 Three rent-stabilized apartments on one floor of 50 West 97th Street are sitting empty. While the multi-millionaire landlord who lived in a Hamptons mansion of epic proportions warehouses them—possibly to pressure Albany to raise rents—many working people, some with family in the building, have applied to rent those units. One neighbor […]

NYCHA residents without power, heat and hot water at Stapleton Houses for 2 days

PIX 11, Erin Pflaumer, Emily Rahhal, March 26, 2024 NYCHA and Con Edison crews are working to restore power, heat and hot water to thousands of residents living in the Stapleton Houses on Staten Island. The housing development was completely without heat and hot water since about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to NYCHA’s outage detector. Electric service […]

 LABOR Worker-to-Worker Unionism: A Model for Labor To Scale Up

JACOBIN, Eric Blanc, March 24, 2024 At the heart of the current uptick in union organizing at companies like Starbucks has been “worker-to-worker unionism.” That model could be key to scaling up organizing and revitalizing the labor movement. Young, radicalized, digitally coordinated workers have initiated and driven forward many of the highest profile strikes and […]

FOOD Moving Into the Agrihood

MODERN FARMER, Kirsten Lie-Nielsen, March 18, 2024 Planned, farm-centered neighborhoods are on the rise in the United States, offering farm-to-table food and a strong community for residents.The Urban Land Institute considers agrihoods a possible solution to several issues in the US housing market. Outside of Charleston, South Carolina, in the picturesque marshes of the Kiawah […]