Brooklyn A Attorneys Defend Rent Freeze for Rent Stabilized New Yorkers

Is the New York City Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) allowed to consider tenant affordability when setting yearly rent increases for rent stabilized tenants?  This is the question currently pending before the New York County Supreme Court in Rent Stabilization Association, et al. v. Rent Guidelines Board. Following a lengthy argument on Tuesday, the Ho...

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Brooklyn A Brings Slew of Litigation Against Bushwick Slumlord

Thirty-seven tenants of three Bushwick buildings, 920 Bushwick Avenue, 946 Bushwick Avenue and 1075 Greene Avenue are fighting back against severe harassment they have been facing from their landlords for the past six months. The tenants are currently involved in Housing Court and Federal Court proceedings against landlords Graham and Gregory Jones...

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Brooklyn A Assists Cypress Hills Child Care Corporation in Acquisition of Site

Brooklyn A Assists Cypress Hills Child Care Corporation in Acquisition of Site

On October 6, 2016, Brooklyn A’s Community and Economic Development (CED) Program closed on a private property acquisition for our long-term client, Cypress Hills Child Care Corporation (CHCCC). The acquisition of the approximately 10,972 sq. ft. vacant building, located at 3285-3287 Fulton Street, comes at a critical time. Cypress Hills/East...

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Not For Us! The BTCC Shuts Down Pfizer Plant Development Meeting

On Wednesday night, September 21, 2016, Brooklyn Legal Services Corp. A. participated in a protest against a Pfizer plant rezoning proposal that upended a City Planning public scoping session. The rally was led by Broadway Triangle Community Coalition (BTCC), a coalition of over 40 community partners, including Brooklyn A, that galvanized hundreds ...

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Greenpoint Residents Return Home After Nearly Three Year Displacement

On October 5, 2016, the long-term tenants of 300 Nassau Avenue in Greenpoint celebrated their return home after having been displaced for almost three years at the hands of their landlords, Joel and Aaron Israel. They were welcomed home by representatives from Brooklyn A, St. Nicks Alliance, and the City of New York. Each of […]

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Brooklyn A Testifies in Support of Right to Counsel Bill

Earlier this week, Brooklyn A was in attendance at New York City Council’s public hearing concerning Intro 214-A, which aims to provide legal representation for low-income New Yorkers with eviction and foreclosure issues in Housing Court. If passed, Intro 214-A would provide representation to New Yorkers living at or below 200% of the poverty level...

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Poverty as a New Protected Class

By: Caroline Iosso, Fair Housing Advocate. Since their inception, fair housing laws have aimed to integrate populations and persons of different ethnicities and races. These laws exist in order to promote equal access to housing opportunity and to ensure that landlords and real estate agents cannot pick and choose who lives where and who gets [&hel...

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Structural Violence: Discrimination in Housing

By: Justina Walker, Legal Advocate Imagine working for ten to twelve hours every day, seven days a week. You’re exhausted. It is in part physical, but extends far beyond that. It is not normal, for those who come from more privileged backgrounds, but it has become your normal. The exhaustion you feel, you resent, and […]

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