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Mar 04 2015

Crain's New York, Erik Engquist and Andrew J. Hawkins. A coalition of unions and left-leaning activists are urging Mayor Bill de Blasio to create a “People’s PlaNYC” before the Bloomberg-era sustainability plan expires in April. In an open letter to be released at a City Hall rally Thursday, the groups call on Mr. de Blasio to infuse the city’s sustainability plan with an anti-inequality message. “A people-centered ...

Broadway World, . Quit the Road, Jack, a new comedy by Jerry Polner about the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), premieres this Thursday March 5 as a guest production of TheaterLab in Manhattan. Well, when the son of a divorced and miserable couple of burnt-out ex-musicians runs away from home to join up with the immigrant worker rights movement, mom and dad are ...

NY1, . NY1′s Errol Louis recently discussed rezoning and development in the East New York section of Brooklyn with a panel of community stakeholders which featured our Campaign Director Maritza Silva-Farrell from the Real Affordability for All campaign, along with the Rev. David Brawley of East Brooklyn Congregations; Bill Wilkins from the Local Development Corporation of East New York; and Barrie ...

Feb 19 2015

The Real Deal, Claire Moses. More than 80 tenant advocates descended on New York’s “Billionaires’ Row” Wednesday to protest against what they believe is an unfair tax break for the wealthy. The 421-a abatement program, which is set to expire in June, is meant to provide tax breaks for developers who provide affordable housing as part of their newly constructed buildings. While Mayor Bill de ...

Observer, Ross Barkan. A coalition of progressive groups marched today outside one of the most luxurious residential buildings in the city to call for the repeal of a controversial real estate tax break. “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! 421-a has got to go!” cried several dozen protesters in front of One57, the tony residential tower at 57th Street near Central Park. “Subsidize our house, ...

InsideClimate News, By Katherine Bagley. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable-housing plan for New York City announced Tuesday calls for thousands of new residences to be built in low-lying neighborhoods hit hard by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. These areas include Long Island City, Staten Island, the Rockaways and East Brooklyn, according to the plan de Blasio outlined yesterday in an unusual single-focus State of the City ...

Capital New York, By Ryan Hutchins . Mayor Bill De Blasio laid out his vision for the city’s future on Tuesday, describing the next phase of his ambitious affordable housing plan and his effort to mitigate what he frequently describes as the “tale of two cities.” Delivering his second State of the City address, de Blasio detailed major economic development and transportation initiatives and pushed a ...

New York Times, By Charles V. Bagli. The penthouse at One57, which offers panoramic views from 1,000 feet above 57th Street, recently sold for a record-setting $100.5 million. But it is not the price that has grabbed the attention of housing advocates, policy analysts, developers and city officials. Rather, it is one of peculiarities of New York real estate: a billionaire’s lair that comes with an incentive that ...

Gotham Gazette, Matt Ryan and Eddie Bautista. After last year’s historic People’s Climate March, many people have asked: what comes next? Environmental justice advocates, labor unions, working people, and community leaders are answering with a major new campaign called Climate Works for All. The core platform is simple and already has broad support: let’s ensure that efforts to address climate change create good jobs ...

The Huffington Post, Kim Glas . While Broadway, the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and ice skating at Rockefeller Center may get all the attention, New York’s Mayor de Blasio is taking steps to make sure New York City gets a reputation for action on conservation and sustainability. With the introduction of his goal to reduce emissions 80 percent below 2005 levels by 2050, the mayor has ...