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A Bronx NYCHA Mess for All to See

15 Dec
nycha mess on Heath Ave

What should be a parking lot at Fort Independence Houses in Kingsbridge Heights is now a virtual dumping ground that NYCHA is ignoring.         Photo by Jordan Moss

For months NYCHA (New York City Housing Authority) has ignored this enormous mess at at Fort Independence Houses in Kingsbridge Heights. It’s essentially an unused parking lot on Heath Avenue that has been filled with all kinds of garbage over the last several months.

This shouldn’t be a costly fix. NYCHA should just be paying attention to land that it owns and is responsible for.

If you know of similar problems at other Bronx NYCHA sites and can send Bronx Matters photos, we’d be happy to spread the word and hopefully get NYCHA on its toes. Just email bronxmatters@gmail.com.

 

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Will 2 ‘Worst Landlords’ Stay on the List?

22 Oct

Here’s an update on my prior post regarding two landlord partners who purchased six buildings in the northwest Bronx:

Some of their buildings are listed on Pubilc Advocate Letitia James’ Worst Landlord’s Watchlist. But in checking the HPD violation data site, the violations on some Brooklyn buildings of those two landlords appear to have been reduced significantly. After asking James’ office about these landlords’ current status on their list, a spokesperson told me that their “full list should be updated in the next month and if the landlords have reformed they will be removed.”

If you have experience living, or working with tenants in, the buildings of landlords Yechel Weinberger and Bernard Miller, please share your experience with Bronx Matters by commenting on this post or emailing bronxmatters-at-gmail.com.

More Bronx Development, More Harrassment, Activists Say

21 Oct

City Limits reports (includes a video): Tenants and organizers of the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition gathered at the Bronx Housing Court last Thursday to protest what they say is a growing crisis: landlords harassing tenants by bringing them to housing court in hopes of pushing them out and raising rents.

(My wife, Margaret Groarke, long involved with the Coalition, is interviewed in this article and video. She cares a lot about housing in the borough as do I.)

Brooklyn Landlords on ‘Worst’ List Buy 6 Bronx Buildings

16 Oct

This is news from two months ago in Real Deal, but news to Bronx Matters nonetheless. Two Brooklyn landlords, Yechel Weinberger and Bernard Miller, who are currently on the NYC Landlord Watch List (100 worst landlords in the city) have connected to purchase six apartment buildings in the northwest Bronx (three of them in Norwood), a 364-unit portfolio.

Phenomenal Bronx Documentary Photo Exhibit in a Muffler Shop. No Kidding.

7 Oct
Just one impressive photo in the unusual, creative exhibit scene at Vasquez Muffler on Jerome Ave. This photo in exhibit is by Osaretin Ugiagbe. This blog photo by Jordan Moss.

Just one impressive photo in the unusual, creative exhibit scene at Vasquez Muffler on Jerome Ave. This photo in exhibit is by Osaretin Ugiagbe. This blog photo by Jordan Moss.

The Jerome Avenue Workers Project, a remarkable exhibit put on by the Bronx Photo League and the Bronx Documentary Center, had a remarkable, packed opening on Oct. 3 at — get this — Vasquez Muffler at 1275 Jerome Ave.  Sixteen photographers took photos of community residents and workers in the south Bronx neighborhoods that Jerome Avenue links, like Mount Hope and Mount Eden. Though the exhibit is independent, its focus is linked to efforts by community organizations like CAAAV and Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition which are working with residents to challenge and change city plans that would rezone the area. That would allow landowners to sell their property to housing developers. The city plan, they say, will not be affordable and will essentially lead to illegal removal of local tenants, a crisis growing around the city.

The exhibit is on until Oct. 18. The hours are Monday – Saturday 4 to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Here’s a bit of what to expect: 

Vasquez Muffler was packed for the Workers Project photo exhibit opening on Oct. 3. Photo by Jordan Moss

Vasquez Muffler was packed for the Workers Project photo exhibit that opened on Oct. 3. Photo by Jordan Moss

Bronx photographer Adi Talwar took two photos for the exhibit including this at a hair dresser in the area. Photo by Jordan Moss

Bronx photographer Adi Talwar took two photos for the exhibit including this at a hair salon in the area. Photo by Jordan Moss

Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz on BronxTalk Tonight

24 Aug

From BronxTalk host Gary Axelbank:

Tonight’s guest on BronxTalk will be Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz of the 81st Assembly District in the Bronx. We’ll ask him about the explosion at JFK High School, a number of housing and development issues, the upcoming pilot plan for access to the Jerome Park Reservoir, the Mayor and the Governor, and a number of other issues. BronxTalk is seen live Monday nights at 9:00 p.m. on BronxNet’s channel 67 and Fios 33. It is streamed live at bronxnet.org.

New Bronx Community Board 8 District Manager

22 May

Community Board 8 has a brand new district manager, Patricia Manning. Yet she’s a 30-year veteran of the office. (I remember working with her briefly in the early 1990s, when I was working for the borough president and the Department of Sanitation in Community Boards 11 and 8 on education and helping communities adhere to the brand new recycling law. I also remember her daughter worked (works?) at the Botanical Garden in the Bronx. More news on her new gig in The Riverdale Press.

No Gas in Bronx Apartments on Strong Street

2 Mar
60 Eames Place tenants haven't been able to cook for over a month.

Many 85 Strong Street tenants haven’t been able to cook for over a month. Photo by Jordan Moss

Tenants, with the help of the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, are battling the month-long lack of cooking gas in many of their apartments at 85 Strong Street, which is close to Lehman College. CBS-NY had this story. Tenants formed this Facebook page. The Coalition had a meeting with the tenants last Wednesday and by Friday 80 percent of the building got its gas back. There are 72 units in the building and there are currently 96 code violations, according to the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development on its website.