Sunday, January 11, 2009

Where's Jacob Riis when you need him?

From The Real Deal:

The city Office of Emergency Management vacated several Chinatown buildings during the last six weeks of 2008 because of fire safety violations, often due to landlords who illegally divided floors into single-room occupancy units, blocking exits and sprinklers. The office only notifies the city Department of Housing Preservation and Development about displaced tenants if they are living in legal units, leaving many of the illegal tenants on their own to find temporary housing. Continue on to Downtown Express for the full article, which includes the following:

Li Xue, who did not want her family name to be published because she is undocumented, was paying $400 a month for her unit at 32 Market St. that fit only a bed and TV. H.P.D. said they typically help illegal immigrants like Li Xue, but not when their units have been illegally subdivided.

Five other families lived in equally small units on her floor, and all shared a bathroom and kitchen. When it rained, water leaked through the ceiling and Li Xue had to place buckets to catch it. Still, it was home.

But the Buildings Department found many violations at the building, where the illegally subdivided units blocked off emergency exit routes. The fire escape was dislodged from the building and missing about 15 steps, and the chimney was in imminent danger of collapsing, according to D.O.B.’s Web site.


1) City encourages illegal immigration
2) City turns a blind eye to most illegal conversions and the occupants live in slumlike conditions.
3) In the cases where the City actually cracks down, the person living in the country illegally in the illegal unit gets screwed and nothing happens to the criminal landlord.

12 comments:

Taxpayer said...

"Li Xue, who did not want her family name to be published because she is undocumented, ..."

Actually, she is an illegal alien. A legal term used by all nations - even the nations where the illegal aliens were born.

The term describes a foreigner who crossed the nation's borders without first asking for and receiving permission.

Li Xue is pictured with her baby. Who is paying to support that child?

Commissar Death and Taxes invited Li Xue to live and work here at taxpayers' expense and to take some other taxpayer's job (another taxpayer expense, since the displaced worker will (A) pay no taxes, (B) spend nothing to help the economy, (C) be supported with taxpayers' money (Hard work)).

Then, Commissar encourages landlords to stuff these illegal aliens into buildings that violate all sorts of building and health codes. He call this "affordable housing". Don't fret. These landlords help the economy. They pay the DOB folks big money to supplement their taxpaid income. A lot of that money bubbles up to the pockets of the Commissar for life.

When that building at 32 Market Street burns down, killing nearly all it's illegal alien occupants, Commissar Death and Taxes will fly to Florida to inspect new subway cars.

Miles Mullin said...

Well, let me go over the the websites for HDC and MAS and see if there is any mention of places (and people) like Li Xue.

No?

How about the great schools of urban planning at Hunter and Pratt?

What - nothing?

Well NY has the reputation as the city of immigrants - you would think after 200 years they would have the routine down by now - don't you think?

So lets see what has everyone's attention: Brittany ... American Idol ... Katy Holms ... Madonna ... Jennifer ... Sex & City ... Ugly Betty .... Hmmmm... nothing new written in the past 80 years.

What gives?

Lard-Bard said...

Oh everyone knows QC is racist. Even bringing this up makes you racist.

If you let these people alone and just accept developers money to keep you quiet you would get along with everyone else and not make you trouble makers.

Anonymous said...

Do you mean to tell me that people that live in landmark communities, support communtiy preservation efforts, and serve on boards of these august institutions actually exploit illegal immigrants by renting to them or paying them under terms and conditions below what Americans would accept.

I AM SURPRISED.

not.

But it certainly explains why they want to confine their preservation discussions to lintels and cornices.

This is really an outer B problem, so they say, as they turn a blind eye to these people being pushed out of Manhattan.

Anonymous said...

first, HPD never did much for me, did not find me a decent apartment.

According to the article they find apartments for tenants. when and where?

second, the baby is a prop. who knows if it doesn't belong to someone next door and she's babysitting? or else it's the essential jack pot baby all illegal immigrants must have once their feet hit American soil.

third, where is the father? I will put money on the baby being on welfare, food stamps, WIC and medicaid. like a little ATM for the mother in the photograph.

in the USA, Asians receive the highest amount of government benefits.

fourth, there are black women and children being thrown out of NYC shelters who are on the street in the rain/snow/sleet at midnight with no where to go. who is playing the fiddle for them?

why are we being manipulated to have concern/care for illegal immigrants when they could care less about the natives? they are here to push us out of jobs, apartments, schools, subway seats. They are the shock troops being used to divide and conquer.

Have you noticed that there is very little regard for working class Americans? That we are reduced to cartoon hilly billys on shows like Jerry Springer? That our rage is acted out on each other and turned inward?

Why isn't the immigrant landlord being held accountable?

Articles like these make me angry.

Anonymous said...

Jacob Riis has been paid off, drugged and killed by the real estate developers.

Sarah says said...

Mayor Bloomberg said that these illegals are the backbone of our economy. Why can't you all see that and stop being disrepectful to our Mayor. Remember he is the most brightest, smartest and most capable person in the whole world!

Anonymous said...

Well, let me go over the the websites for HDC and MAS and see if there is any mention of places (and people) like Li Xue.
No?
How about the great schools of urban planning at Hunter and Pratt?
What - nothing?


What is it exactly you're looking for, MM? Places like Li Xue? And you're looking at HDC, MAS, Hunter and Pratt? Don't forget Key Food and the PANYNJ while you're at it. Next time, try making some sense.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Key Food involved in community preservation? Those other groups dont seem to me.

Actually, there are more preservatives in a grocery store than in what goes for community presevation in NY.

The point is all you guys are out of touch, self serving, lazy, to say nothing about conflict of interest.

You do not serve the needs of our city. You have failed to save our communities. The people that go to your programs do not reflect the demographics of our city.

Might as well get used to it. Crappy is going to revisit these issues over and over again.

Miles Mullin said...

Next time, try making some sense.
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Ok try this one.

The people that live in tax supported landmark designated areas donate money to places like block busting NYU and Columbia Universities, pay for prodevelopment community destroying studies from places like Pratt and Hunter, hog funding and hijack the agenda for community preservation, own and invest in the same buildings we laugh at in Queens Crap and employ illegals at substandard wages like Li Xue.

Is there any wonder that the real issues gripping the typical New Yorker are ignored?

Anonymous said...

is that an electric panel located over the kitchen sink??? isn't that illegal???

Anonymous said...

The point is all you guys are out of touch, self serving, lazy, to say nothing about conflict of interest.

Who are "all you guys"? Are you standing naked in the middle of your bedroom raving at the rest of the world? Somehow you've pigeonholed an "all you guys" without even knowing who "all you guys" might be. Good work! Now take your meds.

The people that live in tax supported landmark designated areas donate money to places like block busting NYU and Columbia Universities, pay for prodevelopment community destroying studies from places like Pratt and Hunter

I thought you were going to make sense this time. First of all, how are landmark designated areas tax-supported? Secondly, how many people do you know living in landmark areas who donate money to the privates? Thirdly, how can Pratt and Hunter studies be "community destroying"? (and by the way, they don't charge for them.)