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Wikipedia Questions

  1. How does the Wikipedia team comes to to concenus on what information is credible to stay and what has to be removed?
  2. why is the edit button visible on some Wikipedia pages and on some it does not exist e.g. celebrities and politicians . How does the Wikipedia editors evaluate when a page needs to be closed?
  3. Is there a limit of sources that is needed for one topic in order for the page to exist and not be removed?

Post site reflection #3

Our third site visit to the Farragut houses with the property manager, Ms. Cyriaca Decaille was a success. I got so many of my questions answered and she was very informative with all the answers for all of the questions being asked. This visit will help with my group project a great deal since we are focusing primarily on the current and future developments of NYCHA buildings especially the Farragut buildings and the way of life and living conditions in these buildings. Some of the things I learnt during this visit are as follows:

  • If the empty land is used to build brand new houses and the old buildings are dilapidated crime rates in the area will be reduced and it will encourage other communities of people to go and live in that area and it wouldn’t just be the Farragut houses residents.
  • There are residents sitting on the lobby to protect the buildings from vandalism since they are not always enough security. This is called “resident watch”
  • There are new leaking in the top floors of the buildings and repairs to all the apartments will most half as much it will cost to build an entire new building
  • During the summer they are newly placed recycle bins, LED lights, and all the bulbs were changed
  • There are coming with new ideas to improve the current situation called the next generation NYCHA
  • NYCHA representatives always refer clients to other programs in the case of eviction. They do no not want anyone on the streets. They may refer elderly clients to access a ride or they also have a social services department for issues they cannot handle on the site.
  • They are currently 45 employees The staff members includes maintenance crew which is inside the building, care takers which deals with the grounds and garbage, workers of the main office including manger, assistant manger and secretary.
  • Everyone who works in the NYCHA building needs to take the civil services exam and residents are not allows to work in the office because of sensitive information.
  • Maintenance is always an issue because they need more staff with the amount of repairs that are needed to be done is just impossible.
  • When asked about the crime rates the manager said they has only been a couple of issues
  • To get into one of the Farragut houses NYCHA does not do a credit check, income and background check.
  • They do not accept section 8 vouchers and since they have so many applications at some point they will need to stop applications at some point to re zoom.
  • At one point in history town houses were built and a lot of residents that lived in Farragut houses got into those apartments as long as their credit was on tract and the residents also obtained help on their mortgages
  • Subsidized housing
  • Residents has to sign a one yr. lease
  • No resident has ever been kicked out based on their income. They just need to provide their pay stubs yearly and inform the staff of all the necessary changes such as getting married or unemployment or whether they got a raise or promotion. Residents needs to sign a release from in order to check their income. However if these changes happen in the middle of the year they would not be any changes in their rent.
  • Garbage needs to be properly disposed of and put into the incinerator and not be thrown out of the window.
  • She mentioned that there is another very nice housing complex in Williamsburg but residents hardly move and has been there since it was built.
  • The property utility is very high and it is in the millions
  • If residents wants AC it has to be permanently installed and cannot be taken out. They are also apartment inspection to check if the fire alarms are effectively working. NYCHA has its own parking lot that is 60 spaces for $70 per year.
  • Residents has a designated spot for a flower or vegetable garden and they also get award for the best garden and their hard work
  • No dryers are allowed in the apartments because it is a fire hazard but there is a private owned Laundromat that has a dryer.
  • If residents cannot afford to pay their rents they are referred to other programs such as CAMBA. Residents are referred to CANBA because of nonpayment so they would go to the program and bring the required documents. In addition since NYCHA is federally funded the goal is not to put anyone out but to make referrals.
  • When applying for NYCHA housing residents are allowed to pick the borough but not the specific place they want to live.
  • The manger discussed that there is hardly anywhere for residents to shop and they were promised a supermarket somewhere in or around the navy yard. She also reiterated that change is big and often people feel lost because the rich people is on one side of the neighborhood and the poor is on the other.
  • NYCHA property is tax-free and it depends on the person’s income to be qualified to live in one of the apartments. To be qualified it is 30 % of your gross income and not net. There are two bedroom apartments which are called studio apartments and it goes all the way up to 3,4,5 and 6 bedrooms because in the earlier days people had more children. All utilities are included in the rent and as soon as someone moves out a new person gets called in the office for an interview.
  • Families are not allowed to have BBQs outside on the grass only on family days and they also require permission and fill out additional paper work b because it is a safety concern if someone gets hurt because it is a private property.
  • Basketball tournament needs insurance and forms needs to be filled out in order to play in the playground.
  • Inside of the buildings they are cameras, elevators and wheel chair access she also explained that apartment upgrades are not encourages because as soon as that family leaves they have to put everything back to standard because they do not want to create any conflict as to why some apartments look nicer or are fancier than the other.


Pre visit reflection #3

I am very excited about our third visit to the NYCHA Farragut housing complex since this time we will actually have a NYCHA representative with us to kind of give us a tour around the property and to also answer any questions we might have since we all want primary information directly from someone that works there. I also hope we will get the opportunity to go inside of one of the buildings just so that we can get a sense of how it is inside appose to the outside. I am very open minded about this visit and  I hope we can get all our questions answered such as whether or not section 8 is accepted, what are the criteria to be accepted into the program, what is the rent like, how Many bedrooms are offered to families and how does tenant get evicted ?

BPL reflection

I really enjoyed our visit to the Brooklyn Library , the librarian was so helpful with all the information we needed and  I managed to collect way more data at this library than I did at the NYPL . it was my first time visiting this library and I wasn’t expecting such a beautiful building and friendly staff I also there was no bag check at this library as the NYPL. I would definitely re visit this library since its not as packed .I am planning to revisit this library  to find more information on gentrification and urban renewal and even make  copies of this data rather than taking photograph.

5 questions

  1. Redefine your topic as narrowly as possible

My topic is to focus on the current and future of New York City public housing. We will be focusing primarily on the Farragut houses located at Vinegar Hill.

2.What have you learned about the topic? Be sure you can document & cite sources.

So far what I’ve learnt is NYCHA is very behind in maintenance work and they do not respond to the residents complaints. I’ve also learnt that they are special zoning depending on the land value and public housing are only built in certain neighborhoods. I am very curious to find out why with additional research.

3.What do you want to say about the topic?

For our topic we want to focus narrowly on the Farragut Housing although we will still be doing research on about the New York City Housing Authority.

4.What do you still need to do/know/research to accomplish #3

we still need to research how much rent the residents that live in the Farragut houses pay, whether of not NYCHA accepts section 8 vouchers, how long does NYCHA takes to call you back after one applies, how is qualified to apply to live in the Farragut houses and why does NYCHA takes so long to respond to the residents’ needs.

5.What is your game plan?

Since we will actually get to speak and speak to a NYCHA representative on Monday our plan is to get as much information as we can since that will be an excellent primary source  to get direct first hand information.

NYPL reflection

Unfortunately my classmate and I ended up at another library and not the main branch located on 42nd street . After we got to the China Town public library as Google maps directed us the librarian there gave us directions as to  where we can access the  F train that would lead us to the main branch on 42nd street. Even though we did not get to look at any of the  maps in the map room (room 215) I did manage to gather some information about the Farragut houses in the remaining class time at the NYPL. I  asked the librarian for assistance and was assorted to a section where I  saw one map of the area where the Farragut houses were built in a book titled, “BROOKLYN  NY VOL 12”. Although this visit wasn’t a huge success for me I do plan on revisiting the library sometime soon to look at as many maps as possible in order to better understand what that piece land was used for before everything was completely demolish and to also gain a broader perspective of the current and future of NYC Public housing.


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