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NYCHA owes tenants jobs, advocates contend

NYCHA owes tenants jobs, advocates contend

By Stuart M. White stuart.m.white@gmail.com The New York City Housing Authority has reneged on a decade-old commitment to put job-hungry tenants to work making the buildings they live in cleaner and healthier, according to housing advocates. Advocacy groups in the South Bronx are trying to change that.

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Hunts Point tenants sue bank to force repairs

Hunts Point tenants sue bank to force repairs

Terence McLean hasn’t had a working stove in his Hunts Point apartment for eight years. He cooks his food on a hotplate in the corner of his crumbling kitchen. The sink leaks, and the water that’s not captured by the buckets underneath has encouraged mold to grow and rotted the […]

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Apartments crumble on Kelly Street

Apartments crumble on Kelly Street

The rotten stench of garbage hangs heavy over the 900 block of Kelly Street, just north of Intervale Avenue, where five neglected apartment buildings are crumbling into disrepair. Many windows are broken or boarded up. Trash is everywhere – piled next to stoops, crammed into alleyways, and spilling over sidewalks. […]

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Fire guts two Manida St. buildings

Fire guts two Manida St. buildings

A fire that broke out in a 37-unit Manida Street apartment building on March 9 and quickly spread to the single-family home next door, left numerous people homeless and one resident critically injured. The March 9 blaze was set by children playing with a lighter in the four-story building at […]

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Residents debate Sheridan Expressway’s future

Residents debate Sheridan Expressway’s future

A hundred people gathered to discuss whether to tear down the Sheridan Expressway and replace it with housing and parks at a community forum in February.

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Conflict forces closing of Nos Quedamos

Conflict forces closing of Nos Quedamos

Nos Quedamos, Melrose’s leading developer and manager of affordable housing, has been closed for more than a week in a dispute over its leadership. The organization’s board locked its executive director Yolanda Gonzalez out amid accusations that she had used funds improperly while laying off longtime workers.

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Homeless men near park draw complaints

Homeless men near park draw complaints

A few years ago, when Tony James was homeless, he looked for help to the Living Room, a drop-in center then in the BankNote building on Lafayette Avenue. Today, James calls the Living Room a neighborhood nuisance.

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Colin Powell returns to Kelly Street

Colin Powell returns to Kelly Street

General Colin L. Powell returned home to Longwood on September 9, if only for one eventful afternoon. The 73-year-old former secretary of state, who was raised on Kelly St., was the guest speaker at the grand opening of the 50-unit co-op building named for him at 715 Fox St. on […]

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Contaminated Hunts Point land offers opportunity

Contaminated Hunts Point land offers opportunity

Three years ago, three local community organizations – The Point CDC, Sustainable South Bronx and Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice – banded together in an effort to ensure that new development met the needs of residents. Surveying the opportunities, they found that the rebuilding of the South Bronx had […]