Sunset Park, Brooklyn, has been fighting against the rezoning of Industry City, for 4 years, and today, Councilman Carlos Menchaca, stood outside City Hall with the residents to say no to the rezoning. Meanwhile, Speaker Corey Johnson is eager to pass the rezoning.
The group Protect Sunset Park, met for two hours with Councilman Carlos Menchaca, on Friday, to discuss the Industry City request for rezoning. The group informed the councilman that the community is saying no to the IC request. The fears of displacement are in the minds of this immigrant community; and who can blame them? With every rezoning that has occurred so far, there has been displacement and the loss of local business to big named chains.
City Hall and City Planning are applying pressure on the councilman to decide on the plan quickly; a project City Hall wants. Menchaca and Community Board 7 appear to be constructing an alternative to appease City Hall. But the question is, is there time, and what would happen if we said no and walked away from the rezoning request?
The video that follows is the essence of what happened in Friday's meeting. Three languages are spoken in this video: Chinese, English, and Spanish, so please forward it to friends in Sunset Park.
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Sunset Park, Brooklyn
This is a reply to an open letter Councilman Carlos Menchaca sent to us, his constituents, regarding the homelessness that exists in Sunset Park.
Last month, residents and local leaders held a meeting at Community Board 7, (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFHAWqDACEU) to discuss the homelessness situation that is impacting the Sunset Park community. Six shelters and some hotels turned shelters have appeared over the past five years, causing considerable concern to the community. These shelters and hotels turned shelters suddenly appear in the neighborhood without warning from the Department of Homeless Services.
People in the area complain that there have been break in's and drug activity since these shelters have opened. Inspector Gonzales, who runs the 72 Precinct said that his data showed no relationship to the homeless to the uptick in recent crimes in the neighborhood.
Councilman Menchaca mentions in his letter that he has concerns about how City Hall is handling, or I would say mishandling this situation. I too am concerned and want to know, why are these people here? And why are they not getting help finding jobs, places to live, or mental healthcare?
Housing and the Homeless are critical issues for me as an activist, but I believe that people that become homeless belong in their community and should not be moved to some other part of the city. It was mentioned though, in the meeting at CB7, that there are people from all over, even some from Europe, which really struck me.
We must have compassion for the homeless; remember, this is New York City, and homelessness can happen to any of us. We think life is secure, but it is not.
This city's elected officials are forcing people into the streets by adding to the effects of gentrification and allowing mass housing projects to rise with rents well above what current residents can afford. Just last week, I saw a comment from Mayor de Blasio says it's all legal. Well, make laws that make it illegal, at least add restrictions.
While our Councilman offers concerns about homelessness, it is only the symptom, not the cause. Communities have rights to this city and should not be forced out of a place that some have spent their entire lives living in. It is morally wrong. The City Council and the State Assembly must pass protection laws to keep people in their community.
Currently, I am part of a group trying to prevent the building of four towers, one a 100 story building in the lower east side. City Planning, a group of people, not elected, but appointed are impacting the lives of thousands of people that will be forced out of Chinatown and the Lower east side. Everyone in this city must stand up to the Mayor and the Capitalist developers to stop what they are doing to our city. I am not against developing. I am against displacement. But it should be the community deciding what is happening to their neighborhood.
We are losing Mom & Pop stores because greedy landlords have the right to raise rents to unbelievable heights. The City Council MUST pass the Small Business Jobs Survival Act. And we as a City must force the Mayor to sign the bill he has already said he would not.
Link to Councilman's letter: Here is a link:https://www.kingscountypolitics.com/brooklyn-lawmakers-on-the-move-dec-18-2018/?utm_source=Kings+County+Politics+Morning+Newsletter&utm_campaign=848bb205b2-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_12_18_12_26&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_466a6c86df-848bb205b2-324299849
This is Mike McCabe and you are listening to the Daily Briefing. This past week, I went to a meeting at Community Board 7, in Sunset Park. The meeting was hosted by City Council Member, Carlos Menchaca, and the focus of the meeting was Homelessness. At least that was the title of the meeting. The meeting covered many other topics that the community felt were related to the shelters and hotels that house the homeless. And while I have my own thoughts about the event, I'd like you to listen to the meeting and decide how you think Sunset Park should manage the situation. So please, listen now to the meeting on homelessness.
You can download the audio file here to listen at your convenience:
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Sunset Park Will Never be the Same!
New plans have been disclosed by bklyner.com today for three residential towers to rise at 8th Avenue and 62nd in Sunset Park across the street from another newly planned complex reported last week. Nothing has been reported yet from Community Board 7, or from City Councilman, Carlos Menchaca. (bklyner) https://bklyner.com/sunset-park-mega-development/
Bernie Sanders led the way for current elections.
In 2016, Bernie Sanders began what has turned out to be a wave for candidates running in 2018 elections. Many candidates running for office this year are following Bernie Sanders decision to not accept donations from corporations, unions or PACS ...(NY Times) https://nyti.ms/2Ms2844
What Has Happened to Our Way of Life?
So many, year after year face considerable hardship just trying to stay ahead of the bills. Each year lines at shelters grow, more people living in the street or people living in their cars. Teachers in Calfornia are having to live further away from schools because they can not afford to live closer. What is going on here? And how are we going to fix it?
Every day we read about how wealthy the rich are becoming and how the rest of us are losing the battle. Capitalism apparently, is not for everyone. Where have all the unions gone. The unions that made us strong have ridden off into the sunset. What happened? https://bit.ly/2Bhqk4P
New York City is Playing Monopoly with Your Lives!
Last week, the City Council approved the rezoning of Inwood and again, no one listened to the requests of the people. Just like Harlem, Jerome Avenue, the Brooklyn Armory and Chinatown's Extel Building no one from the city listened to the people's cries. Neighborhood after neighborhood is being rezoned from under the residents. And no longer can we ask, "Who Owns the City?", we know who owns the city, it's the developers and city officials.
When Mayor de Blasio was elected he proposed his Housing Plan. It was applauded for being a great Progressive idea, but in reality, it was setting up the city for developers and began to push the low and middle-income people out of New York. Read this opinion from the (Daily News) https://nydn.us/2Mur1Zx
Does de Blasio have another option for NYCHA?
While the city still has to deal with 62,000 homeless every day, NYCHA and its 600,000 residents carry a heavy burden for the Mayor. With cuts looming from the federal government and maneuvering the lies from NYCHA management about adhering to federal laws, the mayor must find money to better manage NYCHA. This week he did a 180 on plans to build in Hell's Kitchen. A plan that had promised 100% affordable apartments, now may turn into 75% market rate apartments. Considering the building cost of managing NYCHA should we give the mayor a pass on this deal? https://nydn.us/2M8MVo5
The Big Sleep Out to Help the Homeless
On August 20th, Covenant House with volunteers from Broadway, film and the Television industry will have a sleep out to help end homelessness in New York. If you are part of the entertainment industry, please come out to help. To register to join: https://bit.ly/2MfjCkO
Brooklyn is Not for Sale
In its constant struggle to save Brooklyn from developers, the Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network is preparing for its annual march. Here below is an email we have received from them. Please join to stop the gentrification of Brooklyn.
September 15th, 2018 - The Brooklyn March Against Gentrification, Racism, and Police Violence March
Sponsored by The Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network (BAN) #BKMarch2018 #BANGentrification #TakeBackOurCommunities
We are seeking your endorsement for the #BKMarch2018 against Racism, Gentrification and Police Violence.
We are marching from #Flatbush to #SunsetPark this year
Here are the RALLY SPOTS for #BKMarch2018
1. Flatbush !!! Start at Parkside Avenue subway stop at 11 am
2. Brooklyn Botanic Garden
3. Barclays Center
4. NYCHA Wyckoff Gardens
5. Old Stone House and Washington Park
6. Sunset Park at 4:30 pm
To have your community group, anti-police brutality group or family, place of worship, small business, tenant organization, etc. endorse the Brooklyn-wide March against Racism, Gentrification & Police Brutality"
Contact :Call/text (646) 820 -6039 https://www.facebook.com/events/1924041477656474/