Anti-Gentrification

ABOUT

Equality for Flatbush defines ‘gentrification’ as a concerted, deliberate effort to price out low-to-middle income residents from neighborhoods by city government, corporations, real estate developers, and landlords in favor of renting, selling, and catering to people of higher and/or more flexible incomes. We see gentrification as an intersectional issue that is deeply connected to the ways that race, class, gender, sexuality, gender identity, age, ability, nation of origin, immigration status, physical and mental capacity, etc. impact individuals and our communities.

We know from first-hand experience that the same unscrupulous property owners who use tactics to force long-time older tenants of color out of their rent-stabilized apartments will turn around and illegally overcharge incoming younger white tenants for the same apartment.

For this very reason, we believe that all of us-long-time and new residents, communities of color and white communities, low-income and middle-class people – have a stake in the urgent struggle to save affordable housing in Brooklyn.

If you are a BROOKLYN residential or commercial TENANT or HOMEOWNER

experiencing  harassment or need housing, legal or organizing resources   

please contact us at: b4g@equalityforflatbush.org or call /text (646)820-6039

En Español: (862) 438-5060

En Kréyol: (707) 200-3692

UPCOMING EVENTS

It is now heading into month 2 that our beloved Scoops, one of the oldest Caribbean owned businesses on #FlatbushAve, between Lincoln and Hawthorne, was given a notice to vacate by May 31st by it’s landlord Jeremy Properties.

The community support for Scoops and it’s owner Tony Fongyit has been overwhelming resulting in several articles covering the thousands of signers of the online petition, the rally on 5/25 as well as Jeremy Properties’ promise to give Scoops a new lease. Unfortunately as of July 5th, 2019 , Tony Fongyit STILL DOES NOT HAVE A LEASE. 

Please come out to a Community Support Rally to #SaveScoops on Friday, July 19th at 6:30pm -8pm at 624 Flatbush Ave
Help Spread the word & Show that #WELOVESCOOPS
https://www.facebook.com/events/897468847261393/

Scoops, one of the oldest Caribbean owned businesses on #FlatbushAve between Lincoln and Hawthorne, has been given an 30-day notice to vacate by their landlord Jeremy Properties or they will face a legal eviction. For 35 years, Scoops has been a cultural and culinary institution in #Flatbush. Tony Fongyit, the owner of Scoops is well-known for serving amazing Ital vegetarian foods and vegan ice cream, as well as provided wellness products and advice to our community. We are asking Jeremy Properties to do THE RIGHT THING, and give Scoops a NEW LEASE. 

Tony Fongyit is asking the community to:
1: Sign & Circulate the petition : Either online or in-person at the store: https://www.thepetitionsite.com/845/888/347/save-scoops/

2. Community Support Rally to #SaveScoops on Friday, July 19th at 6:30pm -8pm at 624 Flatbush Ave

To learn more about the fight to #SaveScoops and other small businesses in #Flatbush , please WATCH
Shop Small/ Buy Local: a new Equality for Flatbush : E4F​ video produced for The Parkside Empire – Flatbush Avenue Merchants Association​ . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Zcbf1udJso
#SaveScoops #Beforeitsgone #TakeItBack #ThisisFlatbush #FlatbushForever #BrooklynIsNotforSale

CAMPAIGNS

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CAMPAIGNS

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CURRENT B4G CAMPAIGNS TO SUPPORT

Equality for Flatbush : E4F profusely thanks filmmaker Shaquille Romblay for this AMAZING anti-#gentrification video!

#EqualityforFlatbush Video #ThisIsFlatbush : Fighting Back Against the Corporate Rebranding of Flatbush, Brooklyn #ThisIsFlatbush #FlatbushForever #LittleCaribbean  #Beforeitsgone  #TakeItBack ​ #BrooklynisNotforSale

B4G sticker sightings:
Just a saw a #BeforeItsgone Sticker ???

Please TAKE A PICTURE &  Post it to social media using #beforeitsgone hashtag  OR  send the picture to b4g@equalityforflatbush.org or text (646)820-6039

B4G TENANT HARASSMENT DOCUMENTATION TEAM

VIDEO of Isaac Pollack disrupting the 8/8/17 meeting of The 332 Rutland Road Tenant Association

Equality for Flatbush calls for the ARREST of Racist Slumlord Isaac Pollack for Tenant Harassment
#ArrestIsaacPollack  #NoEvictionZone  #MYNYCLANDLORD  #TenantsFightBack #BLACKLIVESMATTER

THE BROOKLYN ANTI-GENTRIFICATION NETWORK

The Brooklyn  Anti-Gentrification Network (BAN) is a people of color-led, mass-based coalition of tenants, homeowners, block associations, anti-police brutality groups, legal and grassroots organizations working together to end the rampant gentrification and displacement of low to middle income residents of Brooklyn, New York. BAN was initiated by Equality for Flatbush in 2015.  To Get Involved Join The Brooklyn Anti-gentrification Network – BAN Community List

The Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network (BAN) in solidarity with our member organization Mi Casa No Es Su Casa opposes the current plan to rezone the neighborhood of Bushwick as endorsed by Brooklyn Community Board 4 with Council Members Antonio Reynoso and Rafael Espinal. We know all too well that the process of rezoning, the change of land use initiated under the guise of community preservation and additional affordable housing, far too often becomes a hostage situation where communities bargain for crumbs with the city or risk getting nothing. The general public should understand  that rezoning is an opportunity for real estate interests to raise real estate prices and their subsequent abilities to make profits under our feet, and that no level of additional services or amenities that our neighborhoods already deserve should be used to justify this fact.

When Mayor De Blasio was first elected mayor in 2013, his answer to the city’s housing crisis was a plan that called for the construction and preservation of 200,000 affordable units across the city. The majority of this goal would be through saving units from falling out of the state’s rent stabilization program but 80,000 of that number would be newly built in fifteen communities chosen to be rezoned for increased density to accommodate that new construction. In addition, the city passed a new housing policy, known as Mandatory Inclusionary Housing, to encourage more affordable units across the city, but only mandatory after a neighborhood is rezoned. This policy was the supposed solution to counteract the a wave of market rate development coming not only to the targeted communities of the rezonings but citywide.

But what happens when affordable housing isn’t affordable enough for the community already there? During the Bloomberg administration, dozens of neighborhoods were rezoned in ways that changed the rental landscape of the city, often subsidized by programs such as the 421a tax abatement and with very few demands of developers for affordable housing and no protections for current tenants. One of the worst examples was the Williamsburg and Greenpoint waterfront rezoning, where in exchange for an upzoning that would allow 20 and 30 story towers, promises were made but not kept and new developments have led to the displacement of tens of thousands of former rent stabilized tenants and small businesses within the rezoned and adjacent areas.

Fast forward a dozen years and the failures of that process have shown up on the steps of Bushwick, which has seen some of the highest rent increases over the past 10 years and has been found to be the neighborhood most likely to have housing code violations in the city. In 2014, Brooklyn Community Board 4 with Council Members Antonio Reynoso and Rafael Espinal created a process they have called the “Bushwick Community Plan”, which now consists of a Steering Committee for mostly staff of nonprofits that stand to potentially gain through improved relationships with council members based on their support of the process and may have disproportionate power over which parts of the community are represented in these conversations and which are not. Truly, the Bushwick Community Plan has been anything but community focused, as was best exemplified by Brooklyn Department of City Planning director Winston Von Engel when he said at a February community meeting about the plan that “our intention is to preserve the character and the buildings, not the people in them.”

We as the residents of this city must recognize this Freudian slip for the truth it holds of this process. The goal of the dozens of small meetings behind closed doors has never been to address the needs of Bushwick residents for better enforcement of tenant law against landlords, seek to use land available for the creation of affordable housing or for additional municipal services – school seats, public transportation, garbage removal, etc – that many local residents have advocated for in good faith. What has actually happened is an illusion of democracy that is being calibrated to both meet the mayor’s intended quota for the neighborhood and minimize potential community backlash. The Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network demands no more rezonings as a tool to allow record real-estate profits in the name of community preservation and for the Bushwick Plan Steering Committee to end this process before irreparable harm is done to the neighborhood.

For more info contact : 646-820-6039| info@BANgentrification.org

UPCOMING BAN EVENTS

The next Brooklyn Anti-gentrification Network is meeting every week until the March on September 21st. Join us this upcoming Monday at 7p on the 2nd floor of the NYC Solidarity Center located at 147 W 24th St, New York, NY 10011 (elevator accessible). Help us plan for the 3rd annual Brooklyn March against Gentrification, Racism and Displacement! Dinner will be provided. All are welcome.

Please RSVP & Invite your networks: https://www.facebook.com/events/437902507057347/?event_time_id=437902517057346 We are also raising money to help with supplies for placards, flyers and snacks for the day of the march. If you can, please donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/help-ban-fight-gentrification-in-bk-in-2019/donate

If you are a NYC resident who wants to be connected to city-wide anti-gentrification movement — Please join The Brooklyn Anti-gentrification Network – BAN Community List :the-brooklyn-anti-gentrification-community-organizing-list@googlegroups.com

Contact :  info@bangentrification.org or call/text (646) 820 -6039

For details on the next planning meeting : https://bangentrification.org/events/

REAL ESTATE WATCH

Real Estate Watch (REW) works to hold predatory landlords and developers accountable by providing empirical information and tools to empower Brooklyn residents and small businesses. Real Estate Watch (REW) is the investigative research project of Equality for Flatbush.

Current Real Estate Watch Campaigns:

  • Real Estate Watch releases Fact Sheet on a predatory developer, Rafael (Rafi) Manor
Since 2017, Equality for Flatbush has been fighting with several Black homeowners who have sustained thousands of dollars of damages because of predatory developers who “house flip”. These predatory develops purchase property next to a long-time Black homeowner, damage the homeowner’s property which leads to lengthy and costly court battles. Several homeowners have reported that they believe the developer had purposely damaged their property in order to get them to sell their homes. Real Estate Watch, Equality for Flatbush’s investigative research team, has released a fact sheet on Rafael Manor who has been identified as one of these predatory developers. Enjoy.
Real Estate Watch (REW) works to hold predatory landlords and developers accountable by providing empirical information and tools to empower Brooklyn residents and small businesses. Real Estate Watch (REW) is the investigative research project of Equality for Flatbush
2273 Church Avenue POB #260123 Brooklyn, NY 11226 B4G@equalityforflatbush.org or (646)820-6039
  • Real Estate Watch releases Fact Sheet on predatory lender, Selene Finance

Selene Finance has been identified to us by homeowners in our community as a key target due to their predatory practices. Real Estate Watch, Equality for Flatbush’s investigative research team, has released a fact sheet to document the key players profiting off Selene Fianance and their fraudulent practices.

NEW FLATBUSH RESIDENT COMMUNITY ORGANIZING PROJECT

The intent of this initiative is to bring new residents together, building by building, block by block, in solidarity against the skyrocketing rents and property grabs by developers that is transforming our neighborhoods.

Contact us for information on how to get involved.

GET HELP

If you are a Brooklyn resident who is experiencing tenant or police harassment/repression please contact us immediately:
In English: (646)820-6039
En Español: (862) 438-5060
En Kréyol: (707) 200-3692

2273 Church Avenue

POB# 260123

Brooklyn, NY 11226

 

B4G@equalityforflatbush.org

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