Category: Housing

Marble Hills Houses awards Danny Cabrera of my staff for his tenant advocacy work

Danny Cabrera, a community liaison in my Northern Manhattan office, was recognized with an award at the Marble Hill Houses Family Day on August 18 for the outstanding work he has done on behalf of tenants at the development. When Danny found out that an older woman who uses a wheelchair had to travel well out of her way to get from one point to another because of large cracks… Read more

BP Brewer requests explanation & clarification of lifting of Stop Work Order for Rivington House

I have written to the Department of Buildings asking why a Stop Work Order was lifted at 45 Rivington Street, also known as Rivington House. I am also calling for the original Stop Work Order to be reinstated, given the uncertainty around the original transaction, as well as the hope that the site be returned to community use. 6-15-17 Letter to DOB Re Rivington House Stop Work OrderRead more

Brewer-Chin deed restriction reforms signed into law, will prevent repeat of Rivington House disaster

Borough President Brewer and Council Member Margaret Chin today celebrated the enactment of their tough new legislation introducing transparency and Mayoral accountability to the murky process that resulted in Rivington House’s sale to a luxury condominium developer. Chin and Brewer introduced the legislation in response to widespread outrage over the City’s removal of a deed restriction that had protected the Lower East Side property, reserving it for use as a… Read more

Brewer and Councilmember Chin Introduce Deed Restriction Reform Legislation to Prevent Next Rivington House

Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Councilmember Margaret Chin unveiled new legislation this morning to reform the city’s practices concerning deed restrictions, the arcane process at the heart of the controversies surrounding the sale of Rivington House on the Lower East Side and a lot owned by the Dance Theater of Harlem in upper Manhattan. The Brewer-Chin bill would create a public, searchable database of all properties with deed restrictions… Read more

Broadway-Sherman Compromise Shows Mandatory Inclusionary Program Can Work When Tailored to Neighborhood Needs

Today, Borough President Gale A. Brewer announced her office has negotiated a framework for residential development at 4650 Broadway in Inwood, Manhattan’s first private application considered under the new Mandatory Inclusionary Housing program. Under the framework deal announced by Brewer, the developer committed to a shorter building with a significant number of apartments that will actually be affordable to Inwood residents. Brewer lauded the compromise as a victory for Inwood… Read more

Brewer and Chin Demand Compensation for Loss of Rivington House and Propose Deed Restriction Reform Plan

This morning, Borough President Gale A. Brewer, Councilmember Margaret Chin, and Community Board 3 Chair Gigi Li called on the de Blasio administration to compensate the Lower East Side community for the loss of Rivington House, a building housing an AIDS patient hospice that has sold for $116 million to a private developer and is likely to be converted to luxury condominiums because of the actions of city agencies tasked… Read more

Statement on Passage of Mayor’s Affordable Housing Zoning Proposals

“Since I was elected Borough President, I’ve called for two things: affordable housing included in every new residential development in Manhattan, and major revisions to the city’s opt-in affordable housing programs. The process that’s concluding today is a big step forward on both goals. “The mayor’s Mandatory Inclusionary Housing plan isn’t perfect, but it has the potential to put a big dent in the city’s housing crisis. Starting now, any… Read more

Brewer ensures NYCHA residents are heard in Albany

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Please Contact: Andrew Goldston | agoldston@manhattanbp.nyc.gov | 917.960.1187
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Brewer greets Manhattan public housing residents and leaders traveling to Albany this morning.
NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer sponsored a bus to Albany today, helping dozens of Manhattan public housing residents and leaders participate in Public Housing
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