By Mark Levine and Tupper Thomas
May 27, 2015
New York is embarking on a building boom, and upzoning neighborhoods around the boroughs, with the laudable goal of making the city more affordable. But will it be more livable?
The answer depends, in part, on whether we plan for green space and open space to match all the new construction. With residential towers set to rise in at least 15 neighborhoods in line for new zoning, and the pace of building picking up city-wide, it's critical that we account for the infrastructure of public life. This means investing in new parks, playgrounds, street trees, and "green" features like bioswales as our city expands.T
By Gloria Pazmino
May 27, 2015
The City Council on Wednesday passed a bill to create the city’s first Office of Civil Justice Coordinator to help New Yorkers facing eviction, bankruptcy or child custody proceedings receive legal counsel.
The bill, which was co-sponsored by Councilman Mark Levine, would create an office within the Human Resources Administration and have a budget of about $2 million. The office would work with city agencies to collaborate with nonprofits, pro bono programs and advise the mayor on implementing legal services as well as make budget recommendations.
By Telemundo 47
May 19, 2015
Al menos 8 edificios en la ciudad son descubiertos con conexiones ilegales de gas. Todos pertenecientes al mismo casero según denuncia un concejal de nuestra área calificándolos como bombas de tiempo.
By Dana Rubinstein
May 18, 2015
Seeking to protect “access to sunshine,” Midtown’s Community Board 5 on Monday called on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration to better regulate skyscraper construction south of Central Park.
Councilman Mark Levine, who chairs the parks committee, recently introduced a bill that would establish a task force to examine the issue.
By Lindsay Armstrong
May 18, 2015
WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — A handful of Uptown buildings with illegal gas hookups run by a single management company were "time bomb[s]," according to a city councilman.
“[We] demand action in the face of irresponsible and dangerous behavior by Alma Realty, who installed in this building an illegal hookup that was stealing gas and, more importantly, was a time bomb,” Levine said.
By Will Bredderman
May 13, 2015
Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced today the formation of a new, 14-member “Affordable Housing Preservation Task Force” consisting of council members whose districts have hemorrhaged rent-regulated apartments—and several of which are targeted for “upzoning” for greater development under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable housing plan...
“It’s going to create pressure in those neighborhoods, because it’s going to increase property values. And for buildings that are in programs that are expiring out, it’s just going to make market-rate that much more attractive,” Mr. Levine told the Observer, even as he called upzoning “the best tool we have to get more affordable housing.”
By Gustavo Solis
May 11, 2015
HAMILTON HEIGHTS — The people have spoken and what they want most are more trees, a greenhouse and playground and basketball court repairs.
Although this was only the district's first year involved with participatory budgeting, the community was very active, Councilman Levine said. “It exceeded out expectations in every way from the number of volunteers that came out, the incredible diversity, originality and strength of the ideas"
By Matt Flegenheimer
May 11, 2015
...on Monday evening, before a standing-room crowd that defied recent precedent, city lawmakers filed into their seats with uncommon purpose. The city’s foremost octogenarian sex therapist was holding office hours at their place of business. And she was not to be missed...
Councilman Mark Levine, addressing the crowd, noted that “a few of our visitors tonight were hoping you would do a Q. and A.”
By Casey Tolan
May 7, 2015
For many New Yorkers, nothing symbolizes summer more than a scorching day at Coney Island or a blissful swim in McCarren Park Pool. And some are urging the city to make it easier for locals to escape the heat by extending the season of public beaches and pools beyond the typical definition of summer...
“The average New Yorker isn’t going to be able to go to the Caribbean for a vacation, or even to the Hamptons for that matter,” Levine says. “To have this wonderful, healthy venue for summer recreation that is just a subway ride away, with no admission cost for everyone, is an incredibly important feature of New York City. We want to extend and expand this wonderful resource by a few weeks.”
By Manhattan Neighborhood Network
May 7, 2015
In the past decade, median apartment rents in New York City rose by 75 percent, compared to 44 percent in the rest of the United States. At the same time, the City is losing affordable housing units at an alarming rate.
On the next episode of "Represent NYC," NYC District 7 Councilman Mark Levine talks with Rodrigo Sanchez-Camus, Supervising Attorney at Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation; Adriene Holder, Attorney-in-Charge at The Legal Aid Society, Civil Practice; and Larry Wood a Community Organizer at Goddard Riverside Community Center about key issues that impact access to affordable housing, including the availability of civil legal services in Housing Court and succession of rent control and rent-regulated apartments.