Boerum Hill’s public housing project Wyckoff Gardens will eventually have market-rate rentals, city officials said Wednesday. The de Blasio administration has selected NYCHA land at 3rd Avenue and Wyckoff Street as the site of the Mayor’s experimental building model that would be half market-rate and half affordable housing, reported Capital New York.

A part of the Mayor’s controversial infill housing plan for NYCHA, the development will be built on public land leased to a private developer. NYCHA plans a 550- to 650-unit building for the site, which, according to NYCHA, has 5.1 acres of underused space — roughly equivalent to seven football fields.

Two other Brooklyn NYCHA sites — the Ingersoll Houses in Fort Greene and the Van Dyke Houses in Brownsville — are also slated to get infill construction, as we have reported. But where the new buildings at Ingersoll Houses and Van Dyke Houses will be 100 percent affordable housing, only 50 percent of the units at Wyckoff Gardens will be.


This afternoon tenants and housing advocates from Families United for Racial & Economic Equality (FUREE) held a press conference calling out the NYC Public Housing Authority for delaying home repairs and leaving families with conditions that threaten their health and safety. Following the event, attorneys from South Brooklyn Legal Services filed a group lawsuit against NYCHA to force repairs for tenants of three Brooklyn NYCHA properties. Gathered at the Brooklyn Housing Court, FUREE expressed several demands: that NYCHA stop forcing residents to live in dangerous and unhealthy conditions; they stop misusing capital repair funds for other programs; that Section 3 funding is used to train and hire residents to make repairs; that the Centralized Calling Center is overhauled to prioritize back-logged tickets; and that NYCHA residents are treated with dignity and respect. NYCHA is currently back-logged with thousands of citywide repairs, and residents usually wait months or years to see repairs made. The photos are by Desiree Marshall, click through to see a few more.