9 thoughts on “East Harlem Rezoning Hearing: Residents Beg Brewer to Vote No

  1. I think Harlem needs the help that’s coming and no one can stop it. It’s long over due . Harlem is one of the riches neighborhood, rich in culture and in money and believe me the money is here. I attend the meetings and everyone that’s crying out about displacement take a look at them, see what they are wearing add the price of there outfit that’s not displacement, that’s wanting to continuing living on system. It’s time people if you have been living in an affordable apartment since you were a child and now you are an adult with your own family with grand kids don’t you think buy now you should have moved out of the projects and have a home of your own. I listen to people say that there parents lived in the apartment they lived in and now there kids live with them and grand kids. When is this going to stop. I think affordable living should be for the vet’s and the elderly, not the one’s that are working and driving BMW’s and Benz. These vehicles are even parked in the housing parking lot. Come on people don’t blame the landlord for wanting to sell out to investors because I’m sure if your money did not go back to PR or DR to purchase that big house that you are making money on you would have spent it here and then you could have sell to an investor and you would be one of those landlord that you are calling slumlords. People Harlem is changing and you can’t stop it what you can do is get off the gravy train and start doing something for yourselves. I’m a immigrant migrated from South America. When my parent’s came into this country we never heard about affordable living. My parents worked there butt off to put food on the table and keep a roof over our head. Today I have two son’s one is a mechanical engineer and the other is a civil engineer and l raised my kids to reach for the the sky and people if you continue to live the way you do you will have nothing. Maybe that’s what you want the community board and the city consul members to think. Maybe if they feel sorry for all you that will be displaced then you all could laugh behind there backs and say we got them exactly where we wanted them and we won. I think the city is very smart and they have been looking at this for over ten years and crying wolf now wont help so get use to it. I think you all should start by bringing back some of that money you sent back to your native land because you will need it for the rent increase no more $800 a month rent.

  2. Your approach is (once again) rather presumptuous. “The big question … is not whether to object to the city’s current plan, but to what degree to object, and with what alternative in mind.” That’s NOT the ONLY option, as thousands of concerned citizens have been chanting all along. Our elected representatives DO have the power to just say NO to ANY rezoning. P.S. The only “beggars” here are all the 2017 candidates panhandling the Real Estate industry. Rather off-putting that you fail to research and report on whose campaign coffers are being lined by developers and property owners ready to blow up East Harlem and 14 other low-income communities of color.

    • Ah, it’s semantics time again! “To what degree to object” would to any fair reader encompass saying no altogether. The only option our language forecloses, actually, was saying an unconditional “yes” to the city’s plan. That is the only thing that seems totally off the table.

      The primary definition of “beg” is “to ask (someone) earnestly or humbly for something,” an an earnest asking is what seems to have gone on here.

      • That’s not what the Mayor meant when he chastized people (earnestly) ask for help on the streets. The timing in your choice of synonyms seems a bit “off-putting” considering, wouldn’t you agree?

  3. “Beg” is a poor word choice for the title of the article. Its a real condescending way to snub the local resident voice which seems pretty unified and clear

  4. The only “beggars” involved in this mess are all the 2017 candidates panhandling the Real Estate industry. Rather off-putting that the media fails to research whose campaign coffers are overflowing with handouts from all the developers and property owners ready to blow up East Harlem and 14 other low-income communities of color.

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  6. The fact of the matter is that places that allow lots of new housing (e.g. Raleigh, Houston) have low rents. Places that don’t (e.g. New York) have high rents. So it is the absence of housing that causes gentrification and displacement, NOT the presence of housing.

  7. The people not heard at the meeting are the many thousands of immigrants and young people who need the housing the rezoning will permit.

    I’ve lived here for 70 years. NYC did not use to be so selfish. It’s time for us old timers to let go.

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