Rezoning East New York
In September, Mayor de Blasio outlined an ambitious plan to rezone Brooklyn’s East New York. The city hopes developers will take advantage of the rezoning to add thousands of “affordable” apartments to the struggling neighborhood. But East New York doesn’t lack affordable housing–rents in the neighborhood are among the lowest in the city. De Blasio’s effort is a distraction from East New York’s real problems.
The Facts You Need to Know
Crime-ridden: Last year, and during the first half of 2015, East New York’s 75th NYPD Precinct fielded more 911 calls than any other precinct in the city. Read more.
Long Commutes: East New York is poorly served by transit lines, and its residents face some of the longest commuting times in the entire country, making the neighborhood less appealing to people with jobs in Manhattan. Read more.
Failing Schools: Only 15 percent of East New York’s public school students meet proficiency standards in English Language Arts. Read more.
“If you’re in Union Square you can build anything you want because the rents pay for it. Then you go out to Astoria and you can’t be too fancy. Then you go to East New York and there’s no new construction of market-rate housing at all.”
The Past is Present
“Though the efforts of the Housing Partnership and Nehemiah have received some small subsidies from the city, the push toward new, owner-occupied houses has been primarily the result of private efforts. The Housing Partnership was organized by business leaders, including founding chairman David Rockefeller; the coalition of churches that backs Nehemiah provides financing from a capital pool of church, not public, funds. The city, however, has yet to make encouraging individual homeownership among low-income citizens a significant priority.”
And in other news...
“The number of legal claims against the NYPD dropped this year after rising steadily for more than a decade, amid outcry from protest groups over the department’s allegedly repressive policies, a report by Comptroller Scott Stringer found.”