The following was sent to us from NYC Build it Back, which assists Superstorm Sandy-impacted homeowners, landlords and renters restore their homes and get their lives back to normal:
NYC Build it Back has selected a developer to help Brooklyn rebuild from Hurricane Sandy, stronger and safer — and we need your participation. If you register through NYC Build It Back and are deemed eligible for Rebuild, the cost of rebuilding your home may be covered through the program.
You are invited to a Rebuild Information Session where you will have the opportunity to meet the selected developer, understand the NYC Build it Back process, and learn about the forgivable loan funding. Here, you can have your questions answered about the Rebuild program and the overall NYC Build it Back process.
Sheepshead Bay High School
September 16, 2013
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
3000 Ave X
Brooklyn, NY 11235
There will be rolling presentations and opportunities for Q&A.
Five candidates vying for seats in two different Southern Brooklyn City Council districts participated in a heated debate on Sunday, focusing on reforming co-op laws to benefit as many as one million New York City residents of co-ops.
All candidates expressed support for a shareholder’s bill of rights, which would grant new protections from potentially abusive and exploitative boards of cooperative housing units. Despite the support, the frustrated shareholders – all with horror stories of their own – expressed a lack of confidence in much-needed reform and ultimately turned on the candidates.
The Sea Isle apartments at 3901 Nostrand Avenue, one of the buildings in our area that offers cooperative housing. Source: streeteasy.com
The Cooperative Community Organization, a group that says it fights for co-op shareholders’ rights in New York, will be holding a debate between New York City Council candidates for the 47th and 48th districts, this Sunday, August 11, 4:00 p.m. at 94 Dooley Street between East 22nd Street and East 23rd Street. The debate will cover issues dealing exclusively with cooperative housing.
The candidates who have confirmed their participation as of this writing are John Lisyanskiy of District 47 and Chaim Deutsch, Ari Kagan and Theresa Scavo of District 48. The group asks that you bring every shareholder you know and be prepared to ask the candidates all of your co-op questions.
The following is a press release sent yesterday from the offices of City Councilman Domenic Recchia:
The City Council passed legislation today renewing and improving upon the J-51 tax abatement and exemption program. Sponsored by Council Member Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., Chair of the City Council’s Finance Committee, the legislation builds upon the State Assembly’s property tax relief bill passed earlier this year, which extended the previously expired program, offering tax exemption and abatement for qualified homeowners who undertake renovation and development projects. Passed unanimously, the exemption will be retroactive from December 31, 2011 and will last until June 30, 2015.
“The J-51 program revitalizes our neighborhoods and communities by incentivizing apartment owners to rehabilitate and improve their buildings. It has been a great success in the past and I’m proud to sponsor its renewal and improvement now to ensure that we remain committed to the betterment and beautification of our City for the future,” said Council Member Recchia. “I’m grateful for Speaker Quinn’s leadership in moving this legislation forward.”
A 2012 report noted that over 580,000 New Yorkers have directly benefitted from J-51. With this extension, improvements will be made to the program, restricting eligibility to developers focused on creating or preserving affordable housing. These changes will allow the City will both cut costs and ensure that needed housing rehabilitation continues in the future.
BNA’s office inside the Chase Bank at 1002 Brighton Beach Avenue. Source: Google Maps
In an event that had to be rescheduled to a later date, the Brighton Neighborhood Association (BNA) will be hosting a “Senior Benefits” workshop at 11:00 a.m., February 22 inside BNA’s Chase Office, 1002 Brighton Beach Avenue on the corner of Coney Island Avenue (inside Chase Bank’s Community Center — just come inside, turn left, walk past the tellers, and look for the red sign).
Representatives from the New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA) will be conducting the meeting and BNA staff will also be on hand to answer and help address any of your housing-related issues.
The meeting will be conducted in English, with Russian and Spanish translators on hand. Light refreshments will be served. Bring your friends and neighbors!
BNA’s office is located inside the Chase Bank at 1002 Brighton Beach Avenue. Source: Google Maps
In the first of a series of three February meetings, the Brighton Neighborhood Association (BNA) will be holding a housing meeting on “Senior Benefits and Housing,” February 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at BNA’s office, 1002 Brighton Beach Avenue on the corner of Coney Island Avenue (inside Chase Bank’s Community Center — just come inside, turn left, walk past the tellers, and look for the red sign).
Roy Carmona, representing the NYC Department of Aging, will be discussing Section 8, SCRIE, DRIE, HEAP, SNAP (food stamps), as well as any housing issues and concerns you may have.
The meeting will be conducted in English and Russian. Light refreshments will be served. Bring your friends and neighbors!
The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development offers residents of New York the opportunity to earn a robust housing education in an extremely convenient manner.
The New York City Department of Housing Preservation seeks to inform New York City owners of residential buildings and tenants about laws, services, and projects pertaining to housing. The department’s Public Education Unit offers free podcasts, online courses, and videos regarding topics such as residential safety, housing lotteries, and housing code violations. You can watch or listen from your computer at home!
The unit is excited to announce its three most recent podcasts, with many more to come:
- The HPD Housing Code Violations podcast- educates the public on why housing preservation and development professionals write violations and how they can be cleared.
- The No-and-Low Cost Home Energy Saving Tips podcast- teaches homeowners and tenants how to conserve energy and lower their bills.
- The Healthy Homes podcast- tells participants how to avoid conditions in the home that can be detrimental to the health of residents.
Check out these podcasts online, and see what you think of them.
The Public Education Unit also teaches in person classes in person classes on health concerns pertaining to homes. Topics include mold, pest management, bed bugs, and carbon monoxide. Classes are offered at 100 Gold Street in Manhattan. If a group of 20 is gathered, instructors can travel to the location of your choice.
To learn more about this opportunity, or if you have any questions or inquiries, call (212)-863-8830, or email email@example.com. You can also subscribe to receive e-mails from the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development with information about housing education classes by visiting the NYC HPD E-mail Update Subscription Center.
The late-night banging and doorbell ringing at 2842 Brigham Street stopped for several days. The garbage was cleaned up and the roach problem eliminated. And the obstacles barricading their basement were removed.
But that didn’t last very long.
We checked in with Eisenberg, and he and his blog indicate that whatever strides they had made in their battle with the landlord have mostly been undone.
Eisenberg claims the Malhis have engaged in an illegal eviction, taking their property and throwing it outside. They’ve also bolted the second egress from the apartment, creating a fire hazard. And, last but not least, the ringing – oh the ringing! – has returned.
But this time he’s got a little bit more than just his word – which Malhi called into question in our last report. This time, Eisenberg caught the ringing on video. The video, above, was taken by a small camera that monitored the front door. Here’s Eisenberg’s narration:
Pay attention right under the tree, in the white space is our house number and right below that is the bell. You’ll see twice the door on the left open, the the screen door opens just a bit and the hand creeps out to disturb our sleep. The first time is about 17 seconds into the recording.
2842 Brigham Street, as drawn by Eisenberg's 6-year-old.
A lesson for landlords: if you’re going to pick a fight with a tenant, don’t do it with a social media guru of international acclaim. They might just air your dirty laundry.
That’s the lesson being learned by the property owners of 2842 Brigham Street – an address that may well live on in infamy thanks to a new website bearing its name: www.2842brigham.com.
Founded by Sheepshead Bay resident Bryan Eisenberg, the newly-launched website chronicles his family’s battle with landlord Mehtab Malhi. Malhi bought the house in October and, according to Eisenberg, it’s been constant clashes since then. To top it all off, Eisenberg said Malhi has attempted to enforce his tyrannical rule by abusing his power as a police officer, calling in favors from colleagues.
“The number one reason I chose to bring this online is that there is little support online or anywhere for tenants who live in two-family homes,” said Eisenberg. “Sheepshead Bay is full of these, as you know. I want to create a resource for people who may go through this and don’t know what to do.”