The always thoughtful Esteban, from the Crown Heights Tenants Union, added a comment on "On Second Thought" that puts this article in its proper place...as one reminder of the tactics, but hardly the last word. Here's his comment from the last post:
I think part of what makes the story so compelling is the matter-of-fact
way the issues are discussed. As Cea [from UHAB] says in the follow-up article,
it's shocking to hear the actual words that Ephraim uses, but only
because we are much more accustomed to hearing terms like "knowledge
worker" or "good tenant" (that's my landlord's preferred phrase, and he
uses it exclusively for new, white tenants). In the same way, it's
common knowledge that though the law clearly prohibits it, landlords
practice "source of income" discrimination ALL THE TIME. Ask any Section
8 recipient how hard it is to get a landlord to agree to rent to them;
better yet, ask an HIV positive HASA recipient how they fare. The point
is, these are not isolated incidents or things that kinda just "happen."
Getting rid of the black and brown people in a building is an essential
part of the business model for landlords like mine (Burke Leighton) or
ZT or BCB. So you know they REALLY hate it when long-term tenants and
new tenants organize together!
The Q at Parkside
News and Nonsense from the Brooklyn neighborhood of Lefferts and environs, or more specifically a neighborhood once known as Melrose Park. Sometimes called Lefferts Gardens. Or Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Or PLG. Or North Flatbush. Or Caledonia (west of Ocean). Or West Pigtown. Across From Park Slope. Under Crown Heights. Near Drummer's Grove. The Side of the Park With the McDonalds. Jackie Robinson Town. Home of Lefferts Manor. West Wingate. Near Kings County Hospital. Or if you're coming from the airport in taxi, maybe just Flatbush is best.