On January 13, 2015 the de Blasio administration order the Economic Development Corporation to “choose HR&A on a sole source basis.” Former employees of HR&A Advisors occupy or have occupied the most important positions in urban, city planning and housing in the City of New York:   1-In the position …

  1- The Grab: Appropriating private homes (HDFC coops) 2- Doubletalk: The myth of “helping” affordable housing and its underlying agenda — the creation of 200,000 affordable units 3- Foxes in the henhouse: How support services for both subsidized housing and buildings that have agreements with the City have turned …

HPD is writing a Regulatory Agreement that will affect approximately thirty thousand residents of one the affordable housing in programs in New York: the HDFC cooperatives. The frame of the agreement is forceful: the threat of deleting the existing tax exemption (valid until 2029) will force into regulation.     …

In Rape New York, 2000-2008 I wrote about several holes in the gentrification and real estate development process at the time in New York. This includes using “rape” as a strategy for “moving” in rent stabilized apartments in an area that was under gentrification: Harlem.   Upon arriving in New …