NYC’s Homeless Shelters: What Happened to “Fair Share”

By Akosua K. Albritton “Un-‘Fair’ and against the law!” This was the message of a rally of Crown Heights residents at the Bed-Stuy Restoration Plaza recently.   For the residents, the unequal bed counts in the communities tell an open tale of inequality: Crown Heights has 1,779; Bed-Stuy 1,527 and Park Slope has 331 while Bensonhurst, […]Read More

The People’s Garden: A Tour Of NYCHA Gardens

Over 700 gardens charm developments across the city; glory blooms in the County of Kings! When does one season end and another begin?  Chuck Vasser, a NYCHA Garden and Greening Program consultant, sniffs the air while scanning a new planting at Red Hook Houses as if divining the future.  Rituals like these mark the cycles […]Read More

Blackout At Brevoort Houses

Day after day of unrelenting heat last week strained parts of the city’s electrical grid.  By Friday night, lights were flickering in Brevoort Houses. About 10am Saturday they went out completely in seven of Breevoort’s 26 buildings, including ironically the community center which was designated as the local cooling center.    According to Chris Olert, […]Read More