2018 Event9

Harry DeRienzo – Talk Before the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies – December 4, 2018

I have been provided with the opportunity to speak to how my organization, Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association, a community development corporation in the Bronx, has progressed in its transformative work.  And there is much I can report.  For example, I can talk about the thousands of units of affordable housing we have preserved or built over our four decades of work. … Read more...

2018 Event9

Historical Racism and Current Skepticism: Why Fighting Rezonings Makes Perfect Sense By Harold DeRienzo

There is a deep, pervasive history of racism in this country.  Over time and in varying forms, much of this racism has found expression in land use actions, including zoning actions.  As such, it is not surprising that given the current push in New York City to rezone 15 neighborhoods – neighborhoods of color comprised of working and lower income families – there is a lot of angry resistance and outright rejection of zoning proposals. … Read more...

2018 Event9

Historical Racism and Current Skepticism: Why Fighting Rezonings Makes Perfect Sense – By Harold DeRienzo

There is a deep, pervasive history of racism in this country.  Over time and in varying forms, much of this racism has found expression in land use actions, including zoning actions.  As such, it is not surprising that given the current push in New York City to rezone 15 neighborhoods – neighborhoods of color comprised of working and lower income families – there is a lot of angry resistance and outright rejection of zoning proposals. … Read more...

2018 Event9

Time for a Housing Plan Reset

Blog by Harold DeRienzo

In the Spring of 2014 Mayor de Blasio announced his ambitious 10-year housing plan to “build and preserve” 200,000 units of “affordable housing.”  At the time, the city was in good fiscal shape.  The economy overall was doing well, and there was every indication that no radical economic or political development would threaten that stability in the near term. … Read more...

2018 Event9

First Elevator Building in Bronx Defies History and Completes 25-Year Construction Term

850 Longwood Avenue has a long and varied history.  When first built, it represented the best in luxury rental housing that the Bronx had to offer.  Built beside the #2 and #5 IRT elevated subway lines, the building boasted spacious apartments, light, air, and the borough’s first elevator building when it first opened in 1925. … Read more...

2018 Event9

Are We Genetically Wired to Be Racists? By Harry DeRienzo

EDITOR’S NOTE: We are delighted to publish the second installment of Harry DeRienzo’s essays on racism.  This second of a three-part essay is entitled, “Are we Genetically Wired to be Racists?”  It is interesting and thought provoking but like all treatments of such a complicated and emotionally-charged topic, there is a need for other perspectives and follow up discussions. Read more...