From TimeOut NY:
If it wasn’t already, the term affordable housing became an oxymoron in NYC last month, when the Rent Guidelines Board voted for increases of 4.5 percent on one-year leases and 8.5 percent on two-year leases for rent-stabilized apartments, the biggest hike since 1989. But activist organizations such as Housing Here and Now, a coalition of community and social-justice groups, have not given up the fight for that and other tenants’-rights issues.
Here are ways you can help!
Spend an hour at a rally. The Met Council (metcouncil.net) protects and promotes tenants’ rights and sends news of upcoming protests, press conferences and public hearings to its members. The Real Rent Reform Campaign meets on Wednesday 23 (check metcouncil.net for time and location). Got a few more hours? Volunteer with Housing Here and Now (housinghereandnow.org) or one of its affiliated groups. For example, the Met Council needs help manning its hot line and weekly walk-in clinic for anyone with tenants’-rights questions. And the Tenants Political Action Committee (tenantspac.org), which works to get sympathetic candidates elected to public office, is always looking for door knockers, phone-bankers and fund-raisers.
It's not just affordable housing that being destroyed in Manhattan and New York City as a whole. Small businesses are also being destroyed. As the relentless Westchester-ization of Manhattan continues to make the borough a surprisingly sterile gated community for the ultra-rich, it is increasingly devoid of socio-economic diversity, but also increasingly dominated by swarming corporate-branded, corporation-owned, corporation-sponsored and chain operations destroying neighborhood small businesses and crushing the entrepreneurial spirit.