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Gothamist: Tucker Carlson Reveals Crippling Fear Of Penn Station Restrooms On Live TV

May 17, 2017

By DAVID COLON
May 17, 2017

The number one rule of life is that you should never go on sentient frat hazing prank Tucker Carlson’s scream show. The second rule of life is seriously, don’t go on his show. If you’re going to do it though, I guess the best you can do is act like City Council Member Corey Johnson and goad the Swanson heir into screaming something about spending a lot of time in Penn Station’s bathrooms.

Johnson was on Tucker Carlson Screamfest: Sponsored by Levitra ostensibly to catch a beatdown from the host/Dancing with the Stars failure over his bill that would force President Donald Trump to release his tax returns. Instead, it turned into Carlson, who doesn’t even live in NYC, shouting at Johnson about how the city (in which crime keeps falling) is falling to pieces.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t in any way feel bad that Johnson got treated poorly or eventually got his mic cut, because that’s what he was invited there for. But at least Johnson’s sacrifice gave us Carlson humiliating himself while screaming, “Have you been the men’s room in Penn Station?!” and demonstrating a sociopathic attitude toward the city’s homelessness crisis by sarcastically telling Johnson he must say “ignore the guy living under the ATM machine,” in his speeches. For a more nuanced take on the issue, might I suggest Gothamist dot com, and perhaps even making a donation to a group like CAMBA.

In addition to being mean-spirited and obsessed with public men’s rooms, Carlson also revealed that he doesn’t understand public transportation in New York. Just in case Carlson or his poor social media intern is reading this, Amtrak manages Penn Station, as so many delayed commuters have learned thanks to recent events, not the City of New York. But why would you need to know that if your job was to be a highly-compensated current events screamer?

All this being said, I did happen to go into the men’s room in the LIRR waiting room at Penn a couple weeks ago. It was…fine? Not any better or worse than I’ve seen it in my entire life, and certainly a safe enough place to let your child walk in and pee. Or you know, just accompany them in there if you’re a helicopter parent who watches too much Fox News.

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The Villager: Nice Try, Tucker! Attacks Johnson On ‘Trump Taxes’ Bill

May 17, 2017

By THE VILLAGER
May 17, 2017

Tuesday night, City Councilmember Corey Johnson went on Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox News to discuss his bill that would force President Donald Trump to release his tax returns.

Johnson’s measure would require all New York City concession contractors to release their tax returns — but only if they have their personal name on their business. Trump owns the Trump Golf Links on city land in the Bronx.

Not surprisingly, Carlson quickly pivoted the discussion to another tangential topic and then argued over that with Johnson. Carlson is a bright guy, but, from what we know of his show, this is his shtick — to wind up berating and badgering his guests over a topic out of left field.

In this case, Carlson harangued the councilmember that, basically, he should not be concerned with Trump’s secret tax returns and should instead “do his job” and focus on quality-of-life issues in his Council District 3 (the Village, Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen).

“You preside over a city that just decriminalized public urination, and you’re taking your time to basically grandstand on the national stage,” Carlson fumed. “How about filling some potholes and arresting some public urinators?”

“This is about transparency and public accountability,” Johnson calmly answered.

“Penn Station, it’s in your district — it’s a homeless shelter, it’s disgusting,” the anchor blared.

Carlson did have one point — that some might say the bill seems to “single out” Trump since it focuses on individuals whose names are emblazoned on their businesses. Government can’t pass laws against individuals, only against behaviors, Carlson noted.

Clearly, Johnson has staked out a position as a leader of “the resistance” in New York City. As we reported in last week’s issue, in his annual West Side Summit, Johnson declared the progressive West Side the ground zero of the New York resistance (“Trump trumps all issues at Johnson summit event”).

Hey, maybe Carlson actually read our article! If so, at least he’s got good taste in local newspapers.

“You give these speeches,” the Fox News talking head fulminated, “I just read one, where you’re like, ‘Trump is bad!’ but you ignore the guy living under the ATM machine or relieving himself… . I go to Penn Station every week. Have you been in the men’s room there?”

Johnson smoothly retorted, “Unlike former Republican Senator Larry Craig, I avoid men’s rooms.”

Nice one! Hey, Johnson’s good! Maybe he should get his own show on CNN someday.

“Do you think the president should release his tax returns?” he came right back at Carlson.

“I don’t know,” the Fox mainstay answered. C’mon, Carlson, you’re quoting British legal precdent one moment, but you really can’t answer that one?

“Why don’t you get on those bathrooms?” Carlson lamely doubled-down.

Johnson smoothly rebutted, “We need an independent counsel” to investigate Trump’s Russian connections, Trump’s real reasons for firing F.B.I. Director James Comey…and on and on and on. …

Let’s get our minds out of the bathroom, already, O.K.? We have a president who might not even last 200 days in office. But who knows? Maybe he’ll somehow manage to hang in there despite a crazy new crisis each week.

And unlike Carlson, we want Johnson to keep leading the resistance. For the record, Johnson is great on quality-of-life issues. He can do both. Now let’s hope that bill gets signed into law.

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Metro US: NYC councilman’s plan to compel Trump tax return release

May 15, 2017


By AMY RUSSO
May 15, 2017

Amidst ongoing calls for President Trump to release his tax returns, it appears the tail may be wagging the dog; legislatively speaking, that is. New York City Councilman Corey Johnson is expected to announce a bill this month that would force the president to disclose his personal returns through a strategically-worded proposal targeting one of his golf courses.

The bill, which is still being drafted, would require any individuals holding concession contracts with the city, who are also named in their entity, to make their tax returns public.

Trump Ferry Point LLC, the president’s Bronx golf course, falls squarely under this narrow definition, an intentional move on the part of Council member Johnson, of New York City’s District 3, which includes a large chunk of Manhattan.

If enacted, the bill would demand the release of the president’s most recent returns at the time of the concession contract renewal.

“Donald Trump makes millions off of public land, he emblazons his name all over the property, and he doesn’t return a dime back to the city,” Johnson said in a statement. “This is public property, and the public deserves a much higher degree of transparency. Anybody who behaves this way ought to disclose their financial dealings. The choice for Donald Trump should be simple: Make your returns public or relinquish your contracts with the city of New York.”

How likely is it the bill would pass? Johnson believes it is almost a sure shot. “The response from my colleagues in the Council has been very promising so far,” he said.

However, given the nature of the bill, it is likely President Trump would take immediate legal action against the proposal if it were enacted, but the Council member isn’t too concerned.

“I think it will hold up,” he remarked. “This bill is about more than Trump. It’s about accountability and transparency. And it’s well within the city’s right to require transparency when it comes to the use of public property.”

Council member Johnson isn’t the only New York City politico looking to get ahold of President Trump’s tax information. State Senator Brad Hoylman introduced a bill last month in Albany demanding “statewide elected public officials including the president of the United States” make their tax returns public. The proposal, cleverly titled the “T.R.U.M.P. Act,” or, Tax Returns Uniformly Made Public Act, is currently sitting in the Senate Committee.

Despite possible backlash from President Trump, both legislative proposals show an active stance against the lack of transparency in the president’s administration and in his corporate dealings.

No response was received by Metro US from the White House on Council member Johnson’s bill.

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The Villager: Trump trumps all issues at Johnson community summit

May 11, 2017

By LINCOLN ANDERSON
May 11, 2017

Corey Johnson announced the winners of his district’s participatory-budgeting voting at a “West Side Summit” at the Whitney Museum on Tuesday night. But it was the councilmember’s fiery comments about fighting Donald Trump that won the evening’s strongest applause.

After giving a lengthy recap of his accomplishments in District 3 over the past year, Johnson turned his focus to Trump, urging people to keep up “the resistance.”

As he did at a rally in Washington Square Park in January, Johnson once again slammed Trump as a “pathological liar” — but this time his litany of accusations went even further.

“In the not-too-distant future, Americans of all stripes and people around the world are going to ask each other, what did you do in 2017?” Johnson said. “What did you do when an authoritarian, autocrat, demagogue, pathological liar rose to power, pitting Americans against Americans, debased fundamental social institutions, pushed societal norms to the side, fired the F.B.I. director and U.S. attorneys, colluded with a foreign government, demonized and vilified racial minorities? What did you do in 2017?”

Johnson noted that the leaders of the African-American civil-rights movement, the anti-Vietnam War and women’s suffrage struggles and the farm workers’ movement were all from the grassroots.

“None of these movements were led by politicians and elected officials,” he stressed. “They were started by people, citizens, American people who said, ‘Enough is enough.’ They were movements that made our country and our world a better place.

“When our children and grandchildren look back, I hope they will be able to say we were part of the resistance,” Johnson declared, “that we stood up, fought back against a man and a Congress who wanted to bring us back 100 years.”

The young councilmember said his district, which includes the Village, Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen, is where the fight is currently being waged most intensely.

“New York is the epicenter of that resistance,” he stated. “The West Side is the epicenter in New York of that resistance. That is what these neighborhoods have been about for years, long before my time in the Council, even as a community member here — to march, to protest and to organize.

“We did it with the Women’s Marches across the country and we must continue to do it,” he said of the ongoing opposition to the president and his policies.

Finishing his pummeling of Trump, Johnson concluded, “We cannot normalize what is happening in America right now.” As the audience broke out into thunderous applause, nearly drowning him out, he declared, “We must be the face of resistance in America!”

Former state Senator Tom Duane, earlier in the program, praised Johnson for his activism against Trump.

“Whenever there’s a rally of resistance to the regime in Washington,” Johnson is there, Duane said, adding, “He’s a leader in that battle.”

But Duane — who began his career representing the Council seat Johnson now holds — also highly praised Johnson as the consummate local politician delivering for his constituents.

“Has Corey Johnson not knocked on anyone’s door?” he asked. “He holds so many events in the district. He has a wonderful staff. Not since Ruth Messinger was a councilmember on the Upper West Side, do I think anyone there’s anyone about who deserves to be said, ‘Are there two of them?’ Down at City Hall, he’s very effective from land use to getting funding for programs that really help people who are really need help. You are well represented,” he assured the crowd.

The event’s keynote speaker was Comptroller Scott Stringer, who also spoke to how Trump has galvanized New Yorkers into united opposition.

“It is amazing what is happening,” Stringer said. “We have Jews fighting side by side with Muslims, blacks and Hispanics, young and old… . We are organizing in a way I haven’t seen since the ’60s and ’70s, and I believe we will benefit from it when this resistance is over.”

In addition, Stringer said, Trump’s tax-cut plan would callously benefit the wealthy.

“This is not West Side rhetoric,” he stressed. “The millionaires would get a tax cut of $100,000. With corporate loopholes, they could walk away with $200,000. Single-parent households would see a tax increase of hundreds of dollars. This was literally written by the ‘Mar-a-Lago elite,’ ” Stringer scoffed, “millionaires writing a tax cut for millionaires to make them billionaires.”

The federal budget backed by Trump and the Republicans would cut $400 million from the Big Apple, slicing out critical funding for things like special education and Section 8 housing, the comptroller explained.

“It is a terrible attack on the city of New York,” he said.

Meanwhile, Stringer stressed that immigrants — much maligned by Trump and Co. — are the backbone of New York City’s economy.

“Immigrants make up half of the city’s workforce and earn $100 billion a year,” he said. “Our economy is built with the power of immigration.”

On the local front, taking some apparent shots at Mayor Bill de Blasio, Stringer stressed that, while it’s great that affordable housing is being included in new construction projects, the rents must be set at a level people can actually afford. And he slammed the practice of putting homeless families in what he derided as “roach hotels,” saying the only alternative is to create more affordable housing.

The announcement of the “P.B.,” or participatory-budgeting winners, came at the end of the two-hour “summit.”

Johnson reported that 3,518 people had voted this year — with around 1,600 of them voting online — in late March and early April. About a dozen projects competed for chunks of more than $1 million in capital funding.

The top vote-getter was $200,000 for a park in Hell’s Kitchen, on a vacant site at 10th Ave. between W. 48th and W. 49th Sts. that was used for construction of the Third City Water Tunnel. The city also plans to build affordable housing on part of the site. The community will be involved in planning and designing the park, Johnson said.

Coming in second was $125,000 for real-time rider-information signs at five key bus stops in the district. This will add to the 10 electronic signs already funded in last year’s P.B. process.

In third place was $150,000 for air conditioning for the library at P.S. 111, at 440 W. 53rd St., which is used for summer school and also as a cooling center.

Rounding out the winners at No. 4 was $500,000 for grounds renovations at the Elliot-Chelsea Houses, to install new playground fencing, renovate walkways and revitalize garden areas, designed with the complex’s residents.

During his recap of his accomplishments over the past year, Johnson cited the deal involving Pier 40 — which he helped broker — as the most significant.

“Pier 40 is arguably the most important community asset” in the district, he said. “Thousands of children use its playing fields and its parking garage generates one-third of the entire Hudson River Park’s revenue.

“A robust and transparent public process” resulted in “an outstanding deal,” Johnson said, in which more than $100 million was secured to shore up the W. Houston St.’s 4,000 corroded steel support piles. The deal will also bring 500 affordable apartments, including for seniors, to the new St. John’s Partners project at 550 Washington St., he noted, and also resulted in the city finally designating for landmark status the final one-third of the South Village Historic District. In addition, no further air-rights transfers from Pier 40 will be allowed into Community Board 2 after the St. John’s deal, in which the developers have agreed to buy 200,000 square feet of development rights from the massive park pier.

The 550 Washington St. project will also include a 15,000-square-foot publicly accessible indoor recreation space and an affordable supermarket. Plus, the city Department of Transportation will do a $1.5 million study of traffic along Varick St. and around the Holland Tunnel.

Johnson touched on many other initiatives he had a hand in over the past year, such as funding four formerly homeless workers from ACE to help keep the district clean and helping fund a green roof for the new Morton St. middle school.

On that last subject, Johnson revealed to applause, “I have it on good authority that the school will be named for Jane Jacobs.”

He called the “affordability crisis” the city’s most pressing issue.

“Rents are soaring as many people who have lived here their whole lives are being forced out of the city,” he noted. “Our neighborhoods are being transformed and are struggling to retain their character and spirit. We need affordable housing like our lives depended upon it.”

Johnson also said he is a strong support of the long-stalled Small Business Jobs Survival Act, which for years has never been allowed to come up for a vote in the City Council.

“Our neighborhood affordable businesses and small businesses are closing at an alarming rate,” he said.

At the end, Johnson thanked the crowd, saying it’s an honor to serve his constituents every day, and that he feels like the “luckiest” guy to have his job.

“I pinch myself each time that I walk into City Hall,” he said. “I can only serve two terms, then I’m out — so I can only savor every moment.”

Johnson has served three-and-a-half years of his first term and is running unopposed for re-election.

Finally, the councilmember added he has budgeted $200,000 to fill every empty tree pit in the district, so people should call his office if they see an empty one, and the city will plant a tree in it.

“Trees,” Johnson reflected with a sigh, “We need something to feel good about these days. “Let’s keep up the resistance!” he exhorted. “You guys rock!”

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DNA Info: New Park on 10th Avenue One of Four West Side Projects Receiving $1M

May 11, 2017

By MAYA RAJAMANI
May 11, 2017

HELL’S KITCHEN — A vacant lot on 10th Avenue is one step closer to becoming a park following a district-wide vote earlier this spring.

The planned green space between West 48th and 49th streets will receive $200,000 in funding after securing 1,405 votes in this year’s participatory budgeting process, Councilman Corey Johnson said at a summit Tuesday evening.

Each year, residents living in District 3 — which include Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, the West Village and parts of the Upper West Side, Flatiron and SoHo — vote on how to spend around $1 million in funding allocated by Johnson’s office.

“This is a site that’s been designated for a park for years,” Johnson said. “There’s going to be affordable housing on part of the site [and] the rest of the site’s going to be a park.”

The city’s Department of Environmental Protection has already pledged $1.2 million to the project, he added.

Also on the ballot this year was a plan to install electronic boards with real-time bus arrival information at five bus stops throughout District 3. That project will receive $125,000 in funding after securing 1,358 votes, Johnson said.

The library at P.S. 111, meanwhile, will get an air conditioning system after securing 1,323 votes and $150,000 in funding.

The remaining $500,000 will go toward ground renovations — including new playground fencing, renovated walkways and a revitalized garden area — at the Elliott-Chelsea Houses.

That project garnered 1,296 votes, Johnson said.

Last year, residents voted to spend $100,000 on planting new trees throughout the district. The city’s Parks Department will start planting them this fall, Johnson said.

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The Villager: Viva la reconstruction! Spring Street Park overhaul starts

May 11, 2017

May 11, 2017

Local officials recently joined Ellen Baer, head of the Hudson Square Connection business improvement district, to break ground on the renovation of the former Soho Square — to be renamed Spring Street Park — on Sixth Ave. between Spring and Broome Sts. The project in the former Printing District aims to create “a new, green centerpiece for a more walkable and livable Hudson Square.” A few days after the groundbreaking, the statue of General Jose Artigas, “the father of Uruguayan nationhood,” below, was removed for restoration, after which it will be returned to a spot slightly north, plus rotated 180 degrees to face looking west down Dominick St. Of course, the park could no longer be named Soho Square since the BID and Trinity Real Estate have pushed to rebrand the Lower West Side enclave west of Sixth Ave. as Hudson Square. Trinity also led the effort to rezone the manufacturing-zoned area to allow residential use and hopefully turn it into more of a 24-hour neighborhood.

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Real Estate Weekly: Gale Brewer to chair steering committee on Garment District rezoning

May 11, 2017

By REW
May 11, 2017

A new Garment Industry Steering Committee has been formed to guide the rezoning of the one-time fashion hub of Manhattan.

Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, and Council Member Corey Johnson announced the formation of the committee to be chaired by Brewer and to meet over the next three months.

It’s aim is to get input from the Garment District’s fashion and clothing industries; devise a plan to ensure sufficient long-term space in mid-Manhattan remains available for garment manufacturers in the years to come; and expand upon the City’s existing plans for boosting the garment manufacturing industry.

“We believe in New York City’s future not just as a capital of fashion design and marketing, but of home-grown garment manufacturing. That’s why we’ve invested more than a quarter billion dollars in the industry,” said Deputy Mayor Glen.

“As part of that vision, I want to see the Garment Center not just survive, but thrive as a critical hub, even as we grow the industry in other parts of the city.”

The move follows concerns that the city’s current rezoning plan for the Garment District could lead to the fashion industry’s exit from New York City.

The city’s proposal would eliminate a 1987 zoning mandate that required an equal share of space for manufacturing and offices in the Garment District and designated two Sunset Park facilities – the Brooklyn Army Terminal and the Bush Terminal – as landing sites for relocated garment companies.

Borough President Brewer was particularly critical, but on Wednesday, she praised the formation of the new steering committee noting: “The one thing experts and business owners keep telling me is this: the Garment Center is a complex web of businesses that fit together. Some may be better off in Brooklyn, but some need to stay in Manhattan – and we must maintain a core of manufacturing space in Manhattan for them to do so. We need to determine how much space is necessary and the best way to acquire or preserve that space.

“Our steering committee will gather experts and representatives from all major stakeholders – manufacturers, labor, designers, and more – to examine the data, hear from everyone, and achieve consensus.”

The Department of City Planning will begin the formal review process for zoning changes affecting the Garment Center at the August 21 City Planning Review Session, after the steering committee makes its recommendations.

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ECONOTIMES: The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and Council Member Corey Johnson Bring Music Into NYC Public Schools

May 10, 2017

By JO-ANN GEFFEN
May 10, 2017

June 9th will mark the culmination of a 15-week after school songwriting program created by the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. Events surrounding the special day will take place at New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies in Chelsea. The program is supported by The New York City Council, Department of Cultural Affairs and District 3 City Council Member Corey Johnson. ““As part of the CASA (Cultural After School Adventures) programming initiative spearheaded by the Mayor and NYC Council,” said Johnson, “The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus team has brought a unique songwriting curriculum into our school. Arts education is a crucial part of a child’s development and giving students the chance to focus on classic and contemporary songwriting, with an eye towards creating an original piece is an incredible opportunity. The guidance of Lennon Bus instructor Daniel Yount and LAB School music teacher Leah Pilon has an immeasurable positive impact on the students at the LAB School and we look forward to expanding the program next year.” For one hour each week during the duration of the program, a select group of students focus on classic and contemporary songwriting, with the culmination being marked by the creation of their own original piece The after-school program was offered on a first come first served basis and each student was required, at a minimum, to have beginner-level experience with a musical instrument prior to registering.

On Friday, June 9th at 10AM the students who benefitted from this program will premiere an original song they created by performing it live in front of the 600 students of the high school. Council Member Corey Johnson will provide remarks, as will Brian Rothschild, Executive Director of the Lennon Bus, and LAB School Principal Brooke Jackson. A documentary-style video that tracks the progression and experiences of the students from the initial session to the culminating event will be debuted as well.

Following the assembly, the school will come together to form a giant human peace sign that will be aerially photographed with each participant wearing a gifted Lennon Bus T-shirt.

This exciting addition to the curriculum precedes the fourth annual Come Together NYC Tour in the Fall largely sponsored by the Mayor’s Office, Department of Cultural Affairs and New York City Council.

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Chelsea Now: Work Begins on Long-Awaited Affordable Housing Project at Fulton

May 10, 2017

By DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC
May 10, 2017

Construction started last week on a 160-unit, 18-story building — that will be 100 percent permanent affordable housing — on the grounds of NYCHA’s Robert Fulton Houses.

The around $77.8 million development project has been 12 years in the making, and a groundbreaking ceremony took place on Thurs., May 4. The approximately 11,000-square-foot site — at 413 W. 18th St., between Ninth and 10th Aves. — was once home to a trash compactor and a parking lot.

The building includes studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom units, with apartments affordable for an individual earning $33,400 and from $42,950 for a family of three. The building will also have a landscaped rooftop, outdoor recreational areas for resident use, and an about 8,000-square-foot community facility space, according to a New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) press release.

Miguel Acevedo is the president of the Fulton Houses Tenants’ Association, and said that he has been involved since the project’s 2005 announcement, “to make sure it’s 100 percent affordable housing — especially since it is on New York City Housing Authority land.”

In a Mon., May 8 phone interview with Chelsea Now, Acevedo said the project took so long because it was difficult to nail down financing. The city issued a request for proposals in December 2006, and Artimus Construction was awarded the Fulton Houses and Elliott-Chelsea sites in 2007, according to the release. The Elliot-Chelsea — a 168-unit, 22-story mixed-use building — at 401 W. 25th St. near Ninth Ave. was completed in December 2011, according to Artimus’ website.

The 2008 Financial Crisis delayed a number of projects — that are a collaboration between NYCHA and the city’s Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) — that included Elliott-Chelsea, the Fulton Houses, and Harborview Terrace, Jasmine Blake, deputy press secretary for the Department of Communications, said in an email. The commitment to affordable housing was made under the Bloomberg administration as part of the West Chelsea rezoning, according to news reports.

According to Acevedo, some funding — $4.6 million — for the project came as part of a deal in late 2012 when developer Jamestown Properties asked to construct two office towers on top of the Chelsea Market. Jamestown created the affordable housing fund and “that money was directed to this building to help its finances,” he said. But Blake said that ultimately the Chelsea Market trust was not used in the project.

The total development cost for the project is around $77.8 million, with HPD providing $26.97 million in capital reserves, $10.74 million from corporate reserves, and the city’s Housing Development Corporation providing $30.03 million in bonds, according to the release. JPMorgan Chase will provide a letter of credit, and NYCHA will retain ownership of the land. It will provide a 99-year lease to the developer, according to the release. The remaining balance of funding sources included developer equity, deferred interest, and a NYCHA lessor’s note, according to Blake.

NYCHA residents will be given preference for 25 percent of the units with the rest of the apartments made available through HPD’s lottery. “It gives professionals like teachers, police officers [and] firemen the opportunity to live in this building,” Acevedo said.

Artimus has worked closely with the community, which has been involved since day one, he said. The developer hired a Fulton Houses resident to be the forewoman of the laborers, Acevedo said. Artimus is also paying for the renovation of a basketball court and playground at the complex, he said.

Acevedo pointed to the efforts of Community Board 4 (CB4) member Joe Restuccia, “who oversaw this whole project and made it happen,” and City Councilmember Corey Johnson who made sure that the project happened sooner rather that later.

“If there are two things we need more of in Chelsea, it’s affordable housing and improvements to our open spaces,” City Councilmember Corey Johnson said in an email statement to Chelsea Now. “This development is bringing both. Permanently affordable developments like this are exactly what we need to solve our city’s housing crisis and make New York a place where all people can afford to raise a family.”

State Senator Brad Hoylman said in the release, “For the families that will soon call Chelsea home, particularly those who have spent years on NYCHA waiting lists, these units represent an opportunity to build a better life.”

CB4 Chair Delores Rubin said in the release the board was “proud to have worked alongside our local elected officials, the residents of Fulton Houses, NYCHA, HPD, Artimus Construction and other stakeholders culminating in this milestone project.”

Rubin noted how the board has been a “longtime advocate for affordable housing” and is “thrilled that as a result of our advocacy and the West Chelsea rezoning negotiations to see this administration fulfill its commitment to deliver permanent affordable housing” at Fulton.

“Chelsea has been gentrified so much as of late,” Acevedo told this publication, “with such little affordable housing being built — especially 100 percent affordable housing building. This building is so important to me — it gives the next generation the opportunity to live where they were born and raised.”