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NYCHA Events Roundup

Looking back at a great year, here are some of our favorite NYCHA memories. View photos on our Flickr page.

NYCHA Chair & CEO Shola Olatoye Continues Listening Tour

NYCHA Chair and Chief Executive Officer Shola Olatoye started her first day at NYCHA on March 3, 2014 and has since been listening to residents, staff, and elected officials. View photos of what she's seen and heard on our Flickr collection.

January 2015 Snow Cleanup

See photos of Chair & CEO Shola Olatoye and NYCHA staff clearing the paths from snow at Pomonok Houses in Queens and Gowanus Houses in Brooklyn. Find winter weather safety tips here.

Caretaker P Final Exam

Caretaker P's taking hands-on final plasterer exam at NYCHA's Manhattan Training Center. See photos here.

NYCHA Sandy Repairs Procurement Event Attracts Motivated, Diverse Group of Vendors

On January 13, almost 100 construction management firms and contractors interested in bidding on more than $2 billion in Sandy-related repairs attended a NYCHA Construction Industry Outreach Program at BNY Mellon. See photos from the outreach program and read more.

Capital Projects Open House

View photos on our Flickr collection.

Lee Strasberg Auditions Winners

The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute held auditions for a two week acting scholarship for NYCHA residents. See photos of the winners here.

NYCHA's Annual Season of Sharing Toy and Food Drive

A holiday tradition that includes a food drive and distribution of toys and gifts from a host of NYCHA partners. View photos on our Flickr collection.

The Harlem Pie Man

Clinton Shabazz has been baking pies in Harlem for 23 years. See photos and read more in the NYCHA Journal: English | Spanish

Jazzy Jumpers

These Brooklyn-based Double Dutch jumpers are world-class champions who practice at the Van Dyke Community Center. See photos and read more in the NYCHA Journal: English | Spanish

Mott Haven neighborhood draft plan unveiled

The "Make Mott Haven" plan was funded by a Choice Neighborhood Initiative grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. The plan includes major renovations for public housing and a town square at Roberto Clemente Plaza. Learn more about the plan.

MWBE Trade Show at BNY Mellon

NYCHA has one of the most robust MWBE programs in the city to make sure our contractors represent the community. MWBEs minority and women-owned business enterprises See photos from our MWBE Trade Show or learn more about doing business with NYCHA.

CitiBike stations installed near Queensbridge Houses

Under new leadership, NYC's bike sharing program is expanding in parts of Queens, Brooklyn, and Harlem. NYCHA residents are still eligible for a discounted $60 annual membership. Learn more about the program and expansion.

Two years after Hurricane Sandy

NYCHA staff volunteered at Sandy-affected developments in recognition of Hurricane Sandy Day of Service (photos). Mayor Bill de Blasio also announced new programs that will help affected residents find employement or career training.Click here for information on the scholarship and videos of the winners.

Tree Planting at Gravesend Houses

Volunteers at the New York Restoration Project and TD Bank planted trees at Gravesend houses. Thank you, volunteers! Photos from the tree planting.

Domestic Violence Conference and Resource Fair

As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, NYCHA hosted its 13th Annual Domestic Violence Conference and Resource Fair at Hostos Community College. Former Knicks Guard John Starks spoke and surprised the audience with his own personal story. See photos or learn more about NYCHA's Domestic Violence resources.

51st Annual Garden and Greening Awards Ceremony

Check out photos of the ceremony, learn more about NYCHA's greening efforts, and see the list of winners.

NYCHA and DOHMH emergency preparedness drill at Meltzer Towers

NYCHA and the Department of Health and Human Services conducted a practice post-emergency survey to see how prepared staff and residents were for an emergency. See photos of the joint drill or learn more about being prepared for an emergency.

NYCHA-CUNY Scholarship Awards

11 NYCHA residents who are CUNY students won a $1,000 scholarship. The winners were honored at a reception on September 17. Click here for information on the scholarship and videos of the winners.

St. Marks Book Shop


A Lower East Side institution, reopened on the ground floor of First Houses on 136 E 3rd Street. View photos on Flickr.

2015 Annual Plan Meetings

NYCHA released the Draft Annual Plan for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 for public review on May 30, 2014. Click here to learn more about the 2015 Annual Plan meetings. See photos from our meetings on our Flickr collection.

Security Initiatives

CCTV Installation at Pelham Parkway Houses/LETICIA BARBOZA

See photos of CCTV installations, the #SaferNYC initiative, and National Night Out on our Flickr collection.

Green City Force Graduation

Green City Force Graduation/PETER MIKOLESKI

A cohort of Green City Force corps members graduated from the life-changing program on July 24, 2014. View photos on Flickr.

Miss Susie's 115th Birthday!

Miss Susie's 115th Birthday/LETICIA BARBOZA

On July 8, 2014, we celebrated the 115th birthday of Susannah Jones at Vandalia Senior Center in Brooklyn. "Miss Susie," as she's known to everyone, is the oldest person in New York City and third oldest in the world. View photos on Flickr.

Bond B Capital Improvements

Roof work at Latimer Gardens/LETICIA BARBOZA

Check out photos of roofers repairing air ducts at Latimer Gardens Houses on June 20, 2014 on Flickr.

Rebuild by Design Winners

Roof work at Latimer Gardens/LETICIA BARBOZA

Mayor Bill de Blasio joined Senator Charles E. Schumer, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, Governor Andrew Cuomo and Zia Khan from the Rockefeller Foundation to announce the funding of projects that will help protect people and homes from flooding during a storm. See more photos on Flickr and read the press release.

Jewish Heritage Month

Jewish Heritage Month/PETER MIKOLESKI

NYCHA employees celebrated Jewish Heritage Month on May 22, 2014. View more photos on Flickr.

44th Annual NYCHA Talent Show Competition

44th Annual NYCHA Talent Show/LETICIA BARBOZA

NYCHA residents were showcased during the 44th Annual NYCHA Talent Show Competition, held on May 3, 2014 at Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn. View more photos on Flickr.

Take Your Children to Work Day at NYCHA

Take Your Children to Work Day/PETER MIKOLESKI

On April 24, 2014, NYCHA's Committee on Women's Concerns celebrated Take Your Children to Work Day. View more photos on Flickr.

Williams Plaza Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Jonathan Williams Plaza Houses in the Williamsburg, Brooklyn celebrated its 50th Anniversary. More photos on Flickr.

Retirement celebration for Margarita López

Retirement of Margarita López/LETICIA BARBOZA

NYCHA staff celebrated the retirement of Margarita López, who was Executive VP of Community Programs and Development. She previously served on the NYCHA Board and on the NYC City Council. More photos on Flickr.

Baisley Park Houses will have new basketball court and playground

Baisley Playground and Basketball Court Groundbreaking/LETICIA BARBOZA

NYCHA is able to renovate these recreational areas thanks to elected officials such as NYC Council Ruben Member Wills, who advocated for the residents and worked with the Authority to help secure federal funding for this project. Read the press release.

Senator Schumer and Mayor de Blasio announce funding for replacement of boilers affected by Hurricane Sandy

Read details about this announcement in a press release from Senator Schumer's office. More photos from the announcement on Flickr.

Garden and Greening Conference a Hit

More than 500 budding and experienced cultivators of NYCHA’s soil attended the 12th Annual NYCHA Grows with its Gardeners Conference, held at the James Weldon Johnson Community Center in Manhattan on March 14. Photos available on Flickr.

Good Deeds Day 2014

Good Deeds 2014

Volunteers read to young children at Baruch Houses as part of Good Deeds Day, a city-wide day of volunteering. More photos on Flickr.

Black History Month Celebration

Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Director of the Schomburg Center for Research and Black Culture, spoke at NYCHA's Black History Month Celebration. Photos available on Flickr.

Hammel Houses Gym Restoration Celebration

The gym was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Restoration was made possible in large part by support from the NFL Foundation and Snowflake Youth Foundation. View photos and videos on Flickr.

Snow Days at NYCHA

When NYCHA experienced two snow storms in January, staff quickly cleared paths on development grounds throughout the five boroughs. View photos on Flickr.

Green City Force Graduation at NYCHA

The last class at Green City Force celebrated their graduation at our offices. Several NYCHA staff were also honored for their work with Green City Force. View photos on Flickr.

Union Johnson Early Learning Center Ribbon-Cutting

On December 19, 2013, NYCHA celebrated the ribbon-cutting of Union Johnson Early Learning Center with the Children's Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) and Union Settlement Association. Learn more from the press release and see the ribbon-cutting event photos.

Riverway Apartments Ribbon-Cutting

NYCHA, HPD, and HDC joined SKA Marin and other partners to celebrate the ribbon-cutting for Riverway Apartments on December 3, 2013. The project created 115 affordable apartments for seniors in Brooklyn. Read the joint press release and view photos on Flickr.

Award Given to Michael Jones, Assistant Property Manager at Van Dyke Houses

Michael Jones, Assistant Property Manager, from Van Dyke Houses was given a 100 Year Association of NY for Public Service Award by the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) on December 18, 2013. Congratulations, Michael!

Soundview Groundbreaking

On November 21, 2013, construction started on the first phase of development for Soundview Family Housing, which will house 120 low-income families. Learn more from the press release and see the Groundbreaking event photos.

October Emergency Preparedness Events

We held three emergency preparedness events in October at our developments. Learn more about our emergency preparedness efforts and see photos from these events.

16th Annual Diwali Celebration

NYCHA's Asian American Association held its 16th Annual Diwali Celebration on November 2, 2013. Known as the "Festival of Lights," Diwali marks the beginning of the New Year on the Indian calendar. The Asian American Association is made up of 185 NYCHA employees who are from the Indian Sub-continent. General Manager Cecil R. House gave brief remarks at the celebration.

18th Annual Language Bank Ceremony

On October 18, 2013, NYCHA held its 18th Annual Language Bank Recognition Ceremony. The Language Bank is comprised of over 250 employee volunteers who collectively speak 39 languages. The annual Language Bank Recognition Ceremony acknowledges the contributions of our employee-volunteers for their commitment in providing language assistance services to ensure that our limited English proficient residents and applicants have access to NYCHA’s information and services in compliance with federal, state and local fair housing laws. This year NYCHA recognized 97 volunteers who provided interpretation or translation services for the Language Bank during May 1st 2012 through April 30, 2013. Photos on Flickr.

Hispanic Heritage Month

NYCHA Employees Celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month on October 16, 2013. We invited Marta García, Vice Chair of the National Hispanic Media Coalition to speak. She was a former resident at Grant Houses in Manhattanville. More photos on Flickr.

50th Annual Citywide Garden Competition Awards Ceremony

NYCHA held its 50th Annual Citywide Garden Competition Awards Ceremony on Friday, October 4, 2013. Most resident gardeners enter the Annual Citywide Garden Competition and their gardens are judged by a diverse panel of horticultural professionals. The judges choose a citywide winner in each category from among first-place borough winners. Winners receive recognition at the Annual Citywide Garden Competition Awards Ceremony. During this year’s preliminary judging phase, 743 NYCHA gardens were identified, an increase from 664 in 2012.

CCTV installations at Marble Hill Houses and Dyckman Houses

On October 3, 2013, NYCHA Chairman John B. Rhea joined New York City Council Members Ydanis Rodriguez, and Fernando Cabrera, and Marble Hill Houses Resident Association Paulette Shomo to announce the start of construction of CCTV cameras in targeted areas at Marble Hill Houses. This funding was provided by elected officials such as Rodriguez and Cabrera, who allocated $395,000 and $230,000, respectively. On October 2, Chairman Rhea joined Council Member Rodriguez and Assembly Member Gabriela Rosa to announce the completion of CCTV installation at the Dyckman Houses. These cameras were also made possible with funding allocated by Council Member Rodriguez in the sum of $465,000.

Chairman Rhea Attends Recognition of Green City Force at the White House

NYCHA Chairman John B. Rhea was at the White House on September 26 to honor one of NYCHA’s top partners, Green City Force (GCF). GCF’s Executive Director, Lisbeth Shepherd (center), was named a “Champion of Change” by the White House for her organization’s successful efforts to provide low-income youth with training, education and leadership opportunities that lead to “green-collar” jobs. Also in attendance to highlight the successful partnership between NYCHA and GCF were two GCF graduates, Dejon Barnes (right), a resident of Edenwald Houses and employee of the Community Environmental Center, and Derrika Cruickshank (left), a LaGuardia Houses resident employed as a Compost Associate.

NYCHA/CUNY Scholarship Awards Ceremony

The New York City Housing Authority hosted its 8th Annual NYCHA-CUNY Resident Scholarship Program Awards Ceremony on Friday, September 20, 2013 from 12 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Richard Harris Terrace, the Borough of Manhattan Community College. As part of NYCHA's ongoing efforts to support NYCHA residents in their pursuit of higher education, a total of 10 scholarship winners were chosen from various NYCHA developments. Since 2005 the NYCHA-CUNY Resident Scholarship Program has annually awarded approximately 80 $1,000 scholarships to eligible NYCHA residents who are enrolled at CUNY colleges.

Newly Refurbished Basketball Court at Sack Wern Houses

On September 19, 2013, NYCHA Chairman John B. Rhea joined NBA Star Kemba Walker, Under Armour executives and City Council Member Annabel Palma to celebrate the opening of the newly refurbished basketball court at Sack Wern Houses in the Bronx. Walker, the Charlotte Bobcats point guard who grew up in the Sack Wern Houses, partnered with Under Armour, the NBA and NYCHA to restore the basketball court in order to provide young athletes with increased access to play the game. Under Armour and NBA FIT will host a number of youth basketball activities, including basketball and fitness clinics on the court and a block party for NYCHA youth from Sack Wern Houses, the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club and the Bronxdale area.

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Nickelodeon Worldwide Day of Play

The New York City Housing Authority will host a series of recreational activities for its youth at various developments throughout the five boroughs, beginning with Campos Plaza in the East Village on September 18, 2013 as part of Nickelodeon's 10th Annual Worldwide Day of Play (WWDoP) celebration through this weekend. Chairman John Rhea will join the kickoff festivities at Campos. For the WWDoP, Nickelodeon suspends all programming across its TV channels and websites urging kids to "get up, go outside and play" to promote physical fitness and active play. This year, Nickelodeon and its partners will extend the celebration for this week turning New York into a "City of Play" with more than 80 health and wellness-geared activities at a number of New York City locations.

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Senior Benefit and Entitlement Fair

The New York City Housing Authority will hold its 9th Annual Senior Benefit and Entitlement Fair on September 18 to inform and empower more than 1,800 of its senior residents from all five boroughs with health information, access to health screenings, nutrition counseling, group exercises, and the opportunity to enroll in various service and entitlement programs. This year's fair, in addition to its traditional focus on health, will place special emphasis on the benefits of "going green."

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Hayden Lord Park Grand Opening

Open September 17, 2013, this new park is located between two former University Avenue Consolidated ("UAC") buildings which were sold through the Bronx Affordable Housing RFP to Bronx Pro for rehabilitation in 2009. Sixteen NYCHA applicants including one former UAC resident were admitted as tenants in 2010. Bronx Pro was initially selected by NYCHA and HPD through an RFP in 2003 to undertake substantial rehabilitation of 7 former UAC buildings with 291 units in two phases.


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