Last August, a workman from the New York City Housing Authority repaired a bathroom wall damaged by a leak in the apartment of 80-year-old Maria Colon and her son Nelson Colon in the Washington Houses in East Harlem.
To replaster the wall, the crew had to tear out the water-resistant laminate panel that surrounded the bathtub. Once they finished the work, they covered the wall with a thin piece of plastic lining and duct tape, and they promised to return at a later date to install a replacement panel. Continue reading
The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is evicting up to 10 commercial tenants, collectively named the Fredrick Samuel Merchant Association, located in Harlem. NYCHA leases commercial store space for retail and professional uses, with market competitive rents, negotiable terms and attractive incentives for substantial renovations.
Harlemites tell their story (hit “refresh” to see screen):
This comes on the heel of a claimed deficit of $198 billion, rampant corruption and drastic cuts for senior and youth community programs. These evictions are in stark contrast to serving entrepreneurial initiative it boasts on the agency’s website. The establishments are forced to close without sound reasoning from NYCHA. The tactic is the all too familiar, exponentially raise the rents to ensure you won’t be operational. Three establishments shared their stories: Fred’s Hardware and Beauty Store, Danny and Mel’s Barbershop, and Elite Boutique, etc.,.