First Lady McCray, Harlem Speaker Mark-Viverito And Others Announce NYCHA Farm Expansion

First Lady Chirlane McCray, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, NYC Housing Authority Chair Shola Olatoye and Gabrielle Fialkoff, Senior Advisor to the Mayor and Director of the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Partnerships came together today. Continue Reading →

Mayor Signs Right To Counsel Bill Sponsored By Harlem’s Mark Levine And Others

Today Mayor Bill de Blasio will sign Intro 214-B, a landmark bill passed on July 20th, 2017, by the New York City Council and sponsored by Council Members Mark Levine and Vanessa L. Gibson. Continue Reading →

Stay Safe And Cool During Heat Wave From Harlem To Hollis


To help Harlemites continue to beat the heat, the New York City Emergency Management Department today announced that cooling centers will remain open Friday, July 21, 2017. Continue Reading →

Stay Safe And Cool During Heat Wave From Harlem To Hollis

To help Harlemites continue to beat the heat, the New York City Emergency Management Department today announced that cooling centers will remain open Friday, July 21, 2017. Continue Reading →

Rep. Levine And Others Leaders Celebrate Passage Of Landmark Tenants’ Rights Bill

The New York City Council today voted to pass Intro 214-B, a landmark bill sponsored by Council Members Mark Levine and Vanessa Gibson, that requires the Office of Civil Justice to establish a program for legal representation for low-income tenants facing eviction in housing court within five years. Continue Reading →

Rats, Mayor Bill de Blasio Announces $32 Million Neighborhood Rat Plan

Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced a $32 million, multi-agency plan to reduce the city’s rat population that targets the three most infested parts of city: the Grand Concourse area, Chinatown/East Village/Lower East Side and Bushwick/Bedford-Stuyvesant. Continue Reading →

Electeds de Blasio, Levine, Espaillat And Others Announce Cameras At NYCHA Houses

The de Blasio Administration today kicked off National Safety Month by announcing the installation of new closed-circuit television cameras at 22 public housing developments, representing an investment of $15 million in City and State funding. Continue Reading →

Trump’s Budget Takes A ‘Meat Axe’ To Affordable Housing Budget From Harlem To Hollis

Still grappling with the implications of record cuts to federal public housing funding for 2017, NYCHA Chair Shola Olatoye joined Senator Chuck Schumer outside the Elliot Houses in Chelsea on Tuesday to predict the impact of additional multi-million dollar cuts laid out in President Donald Trump’s draft “skinny budget” for Fiscal Year 2018. Continue Reading →

NYCHA Embraces Private Development To Fight ‘Financial Death Spiral’

In the face of at least $35 million in federal funding cuts for 2017—what Bronx Council Member Ritchie Torres described Monday as a “financial death spiral”—New York City Housing Authority Chair Shola Olatoye insisted that NYCHA now has no choice but to fully embrace NextGeneration Neighborhoods. Continue Reading →

How A Block Of Abandoned Harlem Buildings Were Transformed Into Affordable Housing

New York Yimby reports that a decade ago, the New York City Housing Authority emptied out 22 decaying tenement buildings on the south side of 114th Street in central Harlem, sending residents to public housing elsewhere in the city. Continue Reading →