NYCHA’s vacant retail spaces leave experts confused

New York City’s massive public housing system includes nearly 170,000 apartments serving more than 350,000 people — or 1 in 15 city residents — across more than 2,000 buildings. But while the New York City Housing Authority’s footprint is large, commercial spaces, including retail, make up a relatively small portion of its square footage. NYCHA has approximately 2.5 million square feet of non-residential space dedicated to community uses throughout its portfolio, according to the agency.

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Navillus seeks bankruptcy protection from NYCHA lawsuit

Leaks in a public housing complex could force Navillus Contracting to return to its 2017 bankruptcy case. The beleaguered concrete contractor is asking a federal court to reopen its Chapter 11 case for the sole purpose of barring a lawsuit by the New York City Housing Authority. The agency sued Navillus in August 2020, alleging that the firm’s shoddy workmanship and use of porous mortar led to leaks at 14 buildings in the Bronx’s Parkside

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NYCHA overhauling management system

Mayor Bill de Blasio primarily blames the long, painful deterioration of the city’s public housing system on a decline in federal funding as developments aged and their maintenance needs grew. Terrible management, however, was a big part of the problem. It wasn’t just inexperienced managers and hapless mayors, though; the system itself ensured the New York City Housing Authority remained dysfunctional to its core. Now the agency — under orders from the federal government —

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De Blasio administration lands on worst landlord watchlist

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration has landed at the top of the Public Advocate’s list of the city’s worst landlords — which the mayor himself started 10 years ago. In the report, made public Dec. 15, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams lambasted the de Blasio administration’s management of the New York City Housing Authority, which made it to the top of the list for the third year in a row. Chief among Williams’ concerns is the

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Gowanus rezoning community support hinges on NYCHA funding

The Gowanus rezoning still has some big hurdles to clear when it comes to securing community support — namely whether some of the neighborhood’s poorest will benefit. Supporters of the proposal, meanwhile, see this as a chance to give new residents a shot at living in a community that is already wealthier than the average Brooklyn neighborhood. Questions put to the city by the public and local community board during a virtual meeting last week

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For Public Housing Residents After Sandy, ‘A Slow-Motion Katrina’

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Ask anyone living in Cobble Hill or Carroll Gardens or Park Slope earlier this week, and they would tell you that they have power, hot water and Wi-Fi. In fact, most of the $1 million-plus townhouses and local businesses in Brooklyn’s wealthier neighborhoods never lost any basic necessities, even during the worst …