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Corona »

Corona Tenants Plan Suit Against Landlord for 'Uninhabitable' Conditions

Tenants of the rent-stabilized building said the owner hasn't made necessary repairs.

East Village »

East Village Tenants Protest Landlord for Harassment, Court Action Imminent

Tenants say their landlord has pressured them to accept buyouts and accused them of illegal activity.

Claremont »

Tenants Ask Judge For Contempt Charge Against NYCHA for Overdue Repairs

NYCHA promised to fix issues like severe mold, roaches and warped floors, tenants said.

East Village »

Tenant Coalition Files Four Lawsuits Against Landlord for Harassment

Tenants of four SMA Equities-owned buildings in the Lower East Side and Nolita are suing their landlord.

Jackson Heights »

Community Group Holding Forum on Policing in Jackson Heights

Local activists will discuss issues in Jackson Heights, Corona and Elmhurst. 

Lower East Side »

Stanton St. Building Had Above 200 Times the Legal Limit for Lead: Lawsuit

The building is the third SMA Equities-owned property with with lead levels above EPA guidelines.

SoHo »

Street Vendor Stabbed by 'Wild Man of SoHo' to Get Award at Vendys

Baare Batchiri, 60, was hospitalized for 10 days after he was attacked with a pair of scissors.

Concourse Village »

Vigil Held for Inmate Killed in Rikers Mental Health Unit

Bradley Ballard died after being locked alone in his cell for seven days, advocates say.

Washington Heights »

Rangel Debate Telephone Skit Ridicules Opponents

Rangel's challengers called his behavior inappropriate given the forum's focus on poverty.

Carroll Gardens »

Participatory Budgeting Brings in Women and Minority Voters, Study Shows

Low-income, minorities and women were more engaged in participatory budgeting, a new study shows.

East Harlem »

East Harlem Councilwoman Wins Top Marks on Human Rights Report Card

City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito won the top spot on the Urban Justice Center's report.

Lower East Side »

LES Residents Still Without Power and Heat Threaten Rent Strike

Residents of Knickerbocker Village are considering a rent strike after two weeks in the dark and cold.

Concourse Village »

Claremont Houses Tenants File Lawsuit Over Rat Infestation

Claremont Houses' tenants are suing NYCHA for failing to fix a rampant rodent problem, they say.

Washington Heights & Inwood »

Illegal Street Vendors Warned of Imminent Police Crackdown

Illegal street vendors in upper Manhattan are being warned that their days are numbered. 

Harlem »

East Harlem Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito Tops Human Rights Report

A new report by the Urban Justice Center gave top marks to East Harlem City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito for her work on human rights.