Join us on April 1!

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Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to rezone East New York, the Cromwell-Jerome area in the Bronx, West Flushing, Long Island City, among others. Changing the zoning code for the land in these neighborhoods will allow developers to build larger/higher buildings that will accommodate new affordable housing units as part of the Mayor’s housing plan.

SOS at Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation


The New York City Department of Buildings has stopped work on Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park ten times—seven times for safety violations—in addition to numerous other fines and violations. The lack of oversight by the developers to ensure compliance with NYC building codes and safety practices may put the safety of the public and workers on the project in jeopardy.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Stop Work Order Fuels Calls to Stop All Construction in Pier 1


More than a dozen Build Up NYC activists were joined by community allies and local elected officials February 2 to symbolically “block the view” of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation’s office using a large stop sign.

Join us for Learning Day on Wednesday, January 14!

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Join Build Up NYC and Councilman Costa Constantinides, Urban Upbound, Astoria Houses Tenant Association, Queensbridge Tenant Association and Ravenswood Tenant Association on Wednesday, January 14 for a Learning Day in our community. Learn about new opportunities for careers in construction, building operations, security and the hotel industry. Representatives from construction pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs, 32BJ SEIU and the Hotel Trades Council will be on hand to answer questions about work in their industries.

Astoria Cove Project Gets Final Approval from NYC Council

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“Good jobs and affordable housing will be a reality in Astoria Cove thanks to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Councilman Costa Constantinides’s leadership,” said Build Up NYC President Gary LaBarbera. “We are proud to stand with them today and look forward to continue working with them and the rest of the City Council to ensure responsible development strengthens our communities.”

Build Up NYC to attain good jobs in Astoria Cove as City Council’s Land Use Committee votes to approve project

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“Alma Realty has agreed to create good jobs for all construction, building maintenance and security workers in Astoria Cove. We encourage the developer to continue working with all stakeholders to meet the community’s affordable housing and infrastructure needs, and we commend Councilman Costa Constantinides for standing firm on the needs of his constituency and of working families across the city.”

VIDEO: Serious Questions about Astoria Cove Raised at NYC Council

The NYC Council’s Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises held a hearing on October 20 to discuss Alma Realty’s proposed development of Astoria Cove, where hundreds of construction, building maintenance and security jobs are expected to be created. Alma Realty has an opportunity to make sure these are good, safe jobs with priority hiring for local residents and opportunities for local businesses, but hasn’t made a commitment to do so. Despite some conversations with Alma, there still isn’t an agreement for either the construction or building service workers that guarantees us that Astoria Cove will create good jobs that benefit our community.

Build Up NYC to City Council: Give Astoria Cove the Red Light


Build Up NYC President Gary LaBarbera said, “We are urging the New York City Council to give Alma Realty the red light and vote no on their proposed development of Astoria Cove as it stands. Alma Realty should not be granted permission to develop Astoria Cove until they commit to the good jobs and affordable housing working families need in Astoria and across the city.”

We need a commitment from Alma Realty to Good Jobs in Astoria Cove!

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Councilman Constantinides Writes to City Planning Commission for Responsible Development in Astoria Cove

In response to appeals by members of Build Up NYC for Alma Realty to adhere to responsible development practices in their proposed construction project in Astoria Cove, Councilmember Costa Constantinides issued a compelling statement to the City Planning Commission that illustrates many of Build Up’s fundamental concerns regarding the endeavor.