NYCHA Residents Demand An End to Controversial Land Lease; Protest Banners Hung Around the City

Posted on: December 19th, 2013 at 6:06 am by

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Above the FDR, Photo: CAAAV

NYCHA natives are getting restless in these, the final days of Bloomberg’s reign.

Two weeks ago, State Supreme Court Justice Cynthia Kern dismissed City Council’s lawsuit against the cash-strapped Housing Authority and its controversial infill plan, which proposes predominantly market rate housing on eight existing complexes. An apparent win for the outgoing administration.

Meanwhile, grassroots retaliation continues to spring up in the potentially affected areas. Banners demanding action from incoming mayor Bill de Blasio have surfaced around the Lower East Side, Upper West Side, and Harlem. The call to action is – “Bloomberg Let de Blasio Decide.” But that might not be any better. The mayor-elect made the following statement to The Villager earlier this year:

NYCHA land is not for luxury condos … Any future infill plan must include substantial amounts of affordable housing, the hiring of NYCHA residents for construction and permanent jobs, and the resources generated must be used to improve conditions for NYCHA families.

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Baruch Houses, Photo: Mighty C

And here’s one shot from the Frederick Douglass Houses on the Upper West Side:

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Photo: Caring Residents of Public Housing

On a side note, there really should be a comma after “Bloomberg”…

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