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Today’s Headlines from New York City

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Details about the recently approved city budget at NYC.gov.

Mixed City Council reaction to poverty formula for grants. (Capital NY)

New York City budget funds Rockaways ferry service only through October (7online)

AP IMPACT: NYC Jails Neglected Suicide Precautions . (AP/ABC)

New York City Approves Municipal ID Cards for Undocumented Immigrants (Democracy Now!)

More Than Half of NYC Holocaust Survivors Living in Poverty Despite German Reparations. (Forward)

A Guide to New York’s New Medical Marijuana Law.(NYmag)

Brooklyn DA Discusses Efforts to Turn Tide in His Office (NY1)

Steven Wishnia examines New York's retirement crisis in a two part series for LaborPress.

1. Fear of a Cat-Food Diet: Facing New York’s Retirement Crisis

2. Avoiding a Cat-Food Diet: Ideas to Fix the Retirement Crisis

NYC is looking to hire an Assistant Deputy Commissioner, SNAP (HRA). (CityLimits)

Queens Museum announced the Jerome Foundation Fellowship for emerging NYC artists- three $20,000 grants + artist’s project at Queens Museum  

The New York Summer Food Service Program Starts Today! (BQ Brew)

Want to Reduce Crime? Try Paying People - (WNYC: The Takeaway)


Today’s New York City Headlines

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Cuomo Signs Off on Speed Camera Expansion

NY casino location board may expand

Brooklyn, NY, Celebrates Do the Right Thing Day in Honor of Director Spike Lee

City Council Expands Funding Of Veterans Services 

TLC's Unintended Taxicab Confession

Deal Could Bring Limited Free Wi-Fi to Port Authority Airports

Bronx CUNY funds restored 

A Fighter for NY’s Mexican Community 

Stabbing victim walks into Jamaica McDonald’s with knife in back 

Every Master Plan in New York City History, Collected in a Single Place

"Reality TV" Writers Outraged by Working Conditions:

NYC City Council Committee Holds Hearing On Working Conditions For Reality TV Production (CBS)

And here's the Labor tke: NYC Reality TV "Sweatshop" Hearing Decries Wage Theft, Long Hours & "Beleaguered And Exhausted Workforce" - Deadline.com http://bit.ly/1nHJDAM

Ridgewood Rezoning heads to City Planning this Thursday

eas screenshot 176 woodward ave general info

For the first time in 40 years, Ridgewood Queens may have one of its manufacturing areas rezoned for residential use.

At a packed Land Use committee meeting on Myrtle Avenue, Community Board 5 members heard from the public, contractors, developers and the owner of the lot. With about a block and a half being rezoned for the developers needs.

At the end of the meeting, the committee voted in favor of recommending the rezoning. Two days later, at a full CB5 board meeting at Christ The King high school, the rezoning proposal was approved. A city Planning Commission meeting on April 24, (10:30 at Borough Hall, 2nd floor) will be the next stop for the proposal.

Some residents, worried about the eyesore the property has become since City Brothers lost their license to operate their waste removal business from the site, are very much in favor of the development.

Arguing that prostitution combined with poor law enforcement have made the area a dangerous corridor that attracts crime, at the land use committee meeting they suggested that the new building would put an end to criminal activity on the street.

They further noted that the landlord has promised to make the apartments "rent stabilized."

At the land use CB5 meeting, several members of the development team suggested there was, "no plan B"---either a lie or misstatement easily proven by a check of the EAS application. (e.g.,the backup plan includes commercial space)

Other local residents, including Trinidad who lives down the block from the development and spoke against the rezoning at the committee meeting, are worried the pricetag attached to the apartments may push out current residents as other landlords bump up the price on their own properties. In fact, history has shown as property values increase, so do property taxes on smaller (non-subsidy-receiving) landlords, thus forcing them to bump up rents, whether they want to or not, on their own tenants simply to keep up with the bills.

The rezoning proposal now goes to a city Planning Commission meeting this Thursday, April 24. The rezoning has pitted several interests in the community in an ever-more-vocal rumble over how the Greater Ridgewood area (Bushwick, Ridgewood, Glendale) will be defined as the pressure of gentrification not only pushes out low and middle-income neighbors but also many of the job-creating manufacturing and medium-income commercial firms in the neighborhood. Further exacerbating the fight is the reality that the area is one of the last pockets for New York City's massive service worker population, many of whom work for a minimum wage that would price them out of housing like the one proposed for the site at 176 Woodward Avenue.

If you live in the neighborhood and have an opinion on this rezoning, you can contact City Councilmember Antonio Reynoso, who ultimately has the final say over whether the rezoning will be approved.

CUNY Latin@ Cultural Studies Conference, 4/25/14

"The one-day conference aims to ignite an interdisciplinary conversation among members of CUNY and the community about the role of Latino/a literature, art, film, performance and media in local and global processes of change."

Date:April 25, 2014
Time:9 AM

LaGuardia Community College
31-10 Thomson Avenue
Long Island City, Queens





For or Against the Ridgewood Rezoning? How to Speak Up

eas screenshot 176 woodward ave general info

In the working-class neighborhood of Ridgewood (Queens), neighbors, developers and local leaders have been debating the fate of 176 Woodward Ave.

Developers are eyeing the site for rezoning and eventual development as a 88 unit mixed use complex that would include 88 residential units and over 100 parking spaces. With the community board scheduled to make its recommendation on April 9th, time is running out to speak for or against the rezoning/development.

How can you have your voice heard on this matter? Here are three options

  1. Show up to the April 7th meeting of the Zoning and Land Use Review Committee of CB5 at at 61-23 Myrtle Avenue in Glendale, at 7:30pm on Monday, April 7th. Public comment will be accepted at the meeting. (See Details below)
  2. Contact CouncilMember Antonio Reynoso (who will be voting on the rezoning)
  3. Contact the Community Board at qnscb5@nyc.rr.com

Here is the announcement of the April 7th meeting

Agenda for April 7 2014 Community Board 5 meeting in Queens, NYC.

Agenda for April 7 2014 Community Board 5 meeting in Queens, NYC.

You can check out the full EAS application (about 140 pages in pdf) at NYC.gov by clicking here.

You can also Woodward Avenue Rezoning Map 2 27 2014 .

To get further informed on the issue check out these headlines from around the web:

From Times-Newsweekly (aka The Ridgewood Times): CHANGING FOR GOOD? Ridgewood Split On Rezoning Plan by Robert Pozarycki.

From the Queens Chronicle: Ex-Maspeth IBZ site to house new apartments?

From the Queens Courier: Ridgewood residents divided over planned luxury apartment building.

From the Glendale Register: Luxury apartment developers seek variance on Woodward.

From Queens Brownstoner: Three article pertaining to 176 Woodward Ave.

Crain's: Upscale apartments to land in Bushwick.

From the Queens Tribune: Luxury Apartments Proposed In Ridgewood.

Curbed-NY: New Projects in Bushwick, Ridgewood May Lure With Dog Runs.


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