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Monday, March 31, 2008

Top US Housing Official Resigns

Reporting for The New York Times, Rachel L. Swarns says, "Housing Secretary Alphonso R. Jackson resigned on Monday, saying that he needed to devote more time to his family. The announcement came as federal authorities were investigating whether he had given lucrative housing contracts in the Virgin Islands and New Orleans to friends."

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Yes...Strycker's Bay Is a Real Place on the West Side

Well at least is are the maps to prove it....

By the way we have been researching the history of Strycker's Bay in preparation of our 50th Anniversary next year and have gathered some information...if anyone has any additional information on the settlers of the Strycker's Bay area...won't you please share?


Homelessness Increases

Reports -- Gotham Gazette

Increase in Homelessness03/31/08More than 9,000 homeless families went to shelters each night in 2007, making it the worst year for family homelessness in recent history, according to the 2007 State of the Homeless Report by the Coalition for the Homeless, an advocacy group. The report also found that 102,187 different New Yorkers slept in homeless shelters at some point during fiscal years 2007, a 5.8 increase from the previous year and a 23.4 percent increase since FY 2002. The group blamed rising housing costs, the worsening economy and some city policies for the increase.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Columbia Sued from the Columbia Spectator

CU, City Sued Over M'ville "Bathtub" Plan
By Betsy Morais PUBLISHED MARCH 27, 2008

Nick Sprayregen, the largest private property owner in Columbia’s Manhattanville campus footprint, is picking another battle with the University—he filed a lawsuit today against Columbia and the city over the University’s planned underground construction.The “bathtub,” as it is commonly called, is designed to be a contiguous space, running from 125th Street to 133rd Street and from Broadway to 12th Avenue, that extends seven stories below ground level. If built, it will house a swimming and diving center, business school programs, scientific research laboratories, storage facilities, and a below-grade MTA bus depot.
CU, City Sued Over M'ville "Bathtub" Plan | Columbia Spectator
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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Upper West Side -- Amsterdam Avenue Circa 1960

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Originally uploaded by Strycker's Bay.
Photo of Amsterdam Avenue near 103rd Street where New York City Housing Authority Public Housing (Fredrick Douglass Houses) now sits.

An Eviction -- Circa 1920

In Housing News 03/17/2008

The Doris Rosenblum Leadership Awards -- May 15, 2008

Named after Doris Rosenblum, a long time Upper West Side community activist and Board Member of Strycker’s Bay Neighborhood Council, each year The Youth Leadership Awards will honor young people that have demonstrated commitment and leadership in the areas of youth development and education.

Doris was a mentor to many. As an advocate for public education and leader of many school and parent associations, Doris help lead a movement for smaller schools and greater community control of public education. Among her many accomplishes, Doris worked to establish the first alternative high school on the Upper West Side -- West Side High School. Several Strycker’s Bay staff, including the Executive Director and Youth Program Director, are alumni of the school. Her impact on the lives of young people has been great and helped develop some of today’s West Side leaders.

Yvette, Alyssia and Jason.

This Year's Recipients of the Doris Rosenblum Leadership Award

The awards will be presented by Lucy Friedman, executive director of The After School Corporation (TASC) at Strycker's Bay's annual fundraising event on Thursday, May 15, 2008, at Pudding Stones West Restaurant and Wine Bar on West 91st Street and Amsterdam Avenue.

For more information, please contact the Strycker’s Bay office @ 212-874-7272 or

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Harlem Unites!



Gentrification Tasmanian Hits Harlem With a Bang:

Get on the Unity Boat to Save Harlem!

Saturday, March 15, 2008 (1 PM to 4 PM)

Harriet Tubman School (Auditorium)

250 West 127th Street

(Between Adam Clayton Powell and Frederick Douglass Blvds)

Opening Session: A Demand for Action from Elected Officials

Invited: New York City Council Members Inez Dickens, Robert Jackson and Melissa Mark Viverto; State Assemblyman Keith Wright, State Senator Bill Perkins, Congressman Charles Rangel and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer.

Tenant Education & Empowerment: Review of Legislation & Public Policies


Presenter: Joe Lamport, Citywide Task Force on Housing Court

Campaign for Civil Right to Counsel in New York State: the right of counsel in civil legal matters related to human rights including the right of counsel in Housing Court.

New York City Council proposed legislation to provide counsel for low income senior citizens in Housing Court.

Ethics of Housing Court Judges: Learn how you can report the details of your housing court experience that can have an impact on the reappointment of Housing Court judges in 2008.

Reports to the Community:

Racketeering Lawsuit Against Pinnacle (Attorney Kim Powell, BRUSH (Buyers and Renters United to Save Harlem)

Abyssinian Development Corp: One of Harlem's Worst Landlords?

Organizing Against Vantage Properties

Legal Action to Oppose Rezoning of 125th Street

Unity Statement

: Toward Building a United Tenant Coalition of Greater Harlem & Washington Heights.

For additional information contact the Harlem Tenants Council at 212-234-5005 or 646-812-5188. .

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