The people of Williamsburg and Greenpoint are fed up, they want affordable housing and they want it now.
On Wednesday May 22, 2013 Williamsburg-Greenpoint residents, community leaders, elected officials and city-wide housing activists gathered on Kent Avenue at North 8th Street, to rally the 8th anniversary of the City’s 2005 “rezoning giveaway.”
Many organizations were present in the rally, from the Peoples fire house, Los lures, St Nicks Alliance, Churches United for Fair Housing, North Brooklyn Development Corporation and Brooklyn League Services Aid.
Richard Mazur from North Brooklyn Development Corporation said “We are here to make sure that it doesn’t take 8 more years, we want them to deliver on their promises, DELIVER!”
Since 2003, the middle class and the elderly have been fighting the government, who had started to build housing in these neighborhoods. They are not building for the residents of the neighborhood but for a wealthier class. The people are tired, they are angry, and they are taking action.
The crowd chanted “ Michael Bloomberg build our housing now.”
These residents are mad at Bloomberg and the housing builders who are not giving them any affordable housing.
The people say that Bloomberg is to blame; he said that he would build affordable housing for the residents and 8 years later, hundreds of residents are being forced to move out because of the high pricing. They were promised 1400 affordable housing units, only 19 were completed.
Diana Reyna, councilmember of Brooklyn shared her childhood story of when her parents had to struggle in court for 8 years, there was no gas, no electricity. From the age of 8 yrs. old to 16 she had to translate in court for her.
Almost in tears she says, “I don’t want that for any child, that is the struggle, no one deserves to live that way.”
The residents and politicians are calling for help even if it doesn’t concern you; they want to secure homes for these people.
The last words stated was “Today it is us, but tomorrow it will be you.”