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Expansion plans for Banana Kelly’s Summer Camp and After School programs

Banana Kelly initiated a fundraising campaign to cover the cost of the design and build-out of our second Summer Camp and After School location at 991 Union Avenue.

To make a contribution to this exciting new space for the children and their families in our South Bronx community click the Donate button on our Home page or send a check to Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association, Inc.… Read more...

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2019 Meet and Greet Event

Our 10th Annual Meet & Greet was a huge success! Thanks to all who joined us in celebrating another year of Banana Kelly and recognizing the contributions of JOE NYC and ANHD to the field of affordable housing.

If you weren’t able to make the event, you can watch a video of interviews with Banana Kelly staff and the full remarks below.… Read more...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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TESTIMONY: Jerome Avenue Scoping Session

TESTIMONY:

Jerome Avenue Scoping Session
Bronx Community College
September 29, 2016

Harold DeRienzo, President
Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association, Inc.

Testimony Focus: The need, and requirement for, a cumulative impact assessment on potential tenant displacement.

A. Basis for a Cumulative Impact Assessment: Under the 1986 Chinese Staff Workers case, when a proposed action is inconsistent with area character and is likely to change neighborhood population patterns and community character, the city is required to consider secondary, as well as cumulative, impacts.… Read more...