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Bill Would Make All of Brooklyn a Cease-and-Desist Zone

Owner-occupied housing is the new front in the battle over the future of gentrifying neighborhoods, and advocates hoping to fend off aggressive investor interest think they might get a new defensive weapon: a cease-and-desist zone covering all of Brooklyn.

In cease-and-desist zones, homeowners can join a list of property owners whom real-estate companies are prohibited from soliciting to sell. It’s a mechanism that has been on the books in New York State for at least 80 years. In 1939, all of Queens was declared a cease-and-desist zone.

State Sen. Kevin Parker, a Brooklyn Democrat, is pushing to make all of Brooklyn a cease-and-desist zone. Parker introduced laws to that effect during the 2017-2018 legislative session that went nowhere in a Republican-controlled Senate, and tried again in 2019, after Democrats took charge, to no avail. He re-submitted the bills in January, and they currently sit before the Judiciary Committee.

Advocates contend that aggressive pitches from realtors sometimes pressure homeowners who would not otherwise sell into taking a deal, and sometimes a bad one. “It’s not just, like, one person knocking on your door. If you’re in a community that’s gentrifying and that’s undergoing price increases, it’s more of a steady flow of solicitation,” says Caroline Nagy, the deputy director for policy and research at the Center for New York City Neighborhoods. “It’s making you feel like you’re no longer welcome in your community. ‘It’s time to cash out. Other people are moving in. It’s time to go.’”

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From Around the City and Beyond: 

MSG's Eternal Tax Break? It's been a long time since the New York Knicks hoisted a championship banner at Madison Square Garden. It's almost as long—37 years, to be exact—since the Garden paid property taxes thanks to a quirk in state law. Gothamist wonders if Gov. Cuomo will make the tax break permanent this year.

Reinforcing Segregation: An analysis by The City finds that Mayor de Blasio's housing plan so far has tended to mirror existing patterns of residential segregation in the city, “most often steering the poorest tenants to the poorest parts of the city.”

Aiming for Zero: Since 2014 — when the Obama administration called on U.S. mayors to end veteran homelessness — Rockford , Ill. has aimed to reduce its homeless population to "functional zero," reports Next City. "Functional zero technically means that the number of people who are homeless is no greater than the monthly housing placement rate. More generally it’s understood as a well-coordinated, data-driven effort that assures homelessness is rare, brief and non-recurring, with no one forced to live on the street."

For Your Calendar: 

City Council Committee on Housing and Buildings meeting. Monday, January 27, 10 a.m.,Council Chambers - City Hall, Manhattan. Live video here.

City Council Committee on Parks and Recreation meeting: Oversight - Overview of the Parks Department Concessions Process. Monday, January 27, 1 p.m., Committee Room - City Hall, Manhattan. Live video here.

Board of Standards and Appeals public hearing. Tuesday, January 28th, 10 a.m., 22 Reade Street, Spector Hall, Manhattan. Agenda here.

New York City Housing Authority board meeting. Wednesday, January 29, 10 a.m., Board Room , 12th floor, 250 Broadway, Manhattan.

City Council Committee on Transportation meeting: Oversight - Improving Street and Vehicle Safety. Wednesday, January 29, 10 a.m., Committee Room - City Hall, Manhattan. Live video here.

City Council Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises meeting. Thursday, January 30, 10 a.m., Committee Room - City Hall, Manhattan. Live video here.

City Council Subcommittee on Capital Budget and Committee on Resiliency and Waterfronts meeting: Oversight - Seven Years Later: Update on the Expenditure and Reimbursement of Superstorm Sandy Federal Funding. Thursday, January 30, 10 a.m., Council Chambers - City Hall, Manhattan. Live video here.

City Council Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Sitings and Dispositions meeting. Thursday, January 30, 1 p.m., 250 Broadway - Committee Rm, 16th Fl., Manhattan. Live video here.



 

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The Freeman Corner Apartments
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303 Sumpter Street Apartments
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3103 Webster Avenue Apartments
Application Deadline: 01/29/2020
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65-25 Roosevelt Avenue Apartments
Application Deadline: 01/30/2020
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486 and 488 Lefferts Avenue Apartments
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