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Wikipedia Questions

  1. Does every fact in the article we write need to have an in-text citation, or does the source just need to appear in the references?
  2. Are we allowed to add something to an article that we cannot find a credible source to back up, but we know is a fact from our experiences?
  3. Is there a limit to the amount of information and categories we can add to our article?

Post Site Reflection

After visiting Vinegar Hill and the Farragut houses for a third time, we walked away with a great amount of new and important information. Most of the information did not relate to my research topic, but it helped me grasp a better understanding of the Farragut Houses and how they work

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 ?

Farragut Housing Post site-visit reflection #3

The visit to the Farragut housing again was very resourceful the notes I’ve taken are really going to help me in the project. We had the opportunity to spend time with Cyriaca Decaille, the property manager of the Farragut Housing complex and ask tons of questions, I was able to take notes on what we saw and the answers to the questions we asked her. This will defiantly help our project since it’s on the youth and education and the programs they are providing to help the residents in the Farragut Housing.

  • Went inside the lobby of the management office
  • of flyers offering services and help for the residents
  • Gates were put up just to keep off the grass to keep the area clean
  • The smoke coming out the tube popping out of the grown was from a tunnel through the building to keep the building warm and extra heat out
  • there is no section 8, because they’re with the federal government
  • programs for training, tutoring, get help with substance abuse, English second language
  • Up the block are always on the news, but not the Farragut housing crime rates not so high
  • With resident watch it helps keep the building safe & clean but only 4 out of the 10 have them and it’s working
  • The schools like Ps 307 are zoned schools so a majority of the kids from the Farragut housing do go there
  • The church named church of the open door , pastor is helpful and involved with the residents
  • In order to apply for the Farragut housing or any housing you’ll need 30% income
  • They have different type of rooms from studio bed rooms to 6 bedrooms for big families
  • Once someone moves they have to fix & clean the rooms for the new owners
  • They don’t have important documents on site like blue prints, you’ll need to head to 250 Broadway, Manhattan NY
  • They never remove the window guards for residents safety
  • Only if placing in an air conditioner but would need someone to install them in permanently
  • There’s always opportunity for jobs in the neighborhood
  • Prince Street is the barrier of rich and poor
  • The main street where they had a Duane read and other stores and markets were replaced with other sky buildings
  • They do have stores like name brands but they can’t afford it
  • The fire alarms seen outside do not work but they do inspect in the apartments for the fire alarm
  • During the summer residents get awards for their gardens
  • In the apartments they don’t have dryers because it’s a fire hazard but in the laundry room they have one
  • Best place in the building is in the middle because when it rains the first floor apartments water gets backed up and on the top floor apartments they experience leaking
  • When applying for housing you can pick the borough but not exact location to be placed
  •  In the interview they need to have a job, verify income and no criminal records

We asked if she believed if it’s a positive or negative idea to build more buildings in the area for residence. She disagrees because the residence that have been living there for years would be afraid they will be kicked out but that will never be the case.

Farragut Housing Post site-visit reflection #5

What a resourceful site visit yesterday! Cyriaca Decaille, the property manager of the Farragut Housing complex was generous enough to take time out of her busy schedule to show us around the complex as well as answer any questions we had.

A couple interesting questions/discoveries that sprung up included:

  • Is Section 8 accepted in the apartment application process?
  • What do the residents think of the gentrification happening in the surrounding streets/neighborhood?
  • What is Cryriaca’s view on utilizing all the empty land to build new infrastructure on the current Farragut Housing property? Would it be a positive or negative turnout?
  • What is the Farragut Housing property cut off?
  • What are some of the special programs offered to residents?
  • Who funds these programs?
  • What is the turnout for these events? Are they usually a big hit?
  • How is the crime on the property?
  • Resident watch program – 4/10 of the buildings are participating
  • Any construction companies doing work on the property is required to hire some of the residents for the job (this requirement is fantastic!) 

Professor Leonard brought up a crucial question which we were not able to get an answer to –

“What happens to the rooms that are no longer usable because of deterioration?”

“On an average, how long does it take for maintenance to recover these rooms?” 

Inside the lobby of the management office, I noticed plenty of flyers offering services and help for the residents, children and adults alike. Specifically for youth (since that is my focus), just this past weekend, there was a Halloween festival in Fort Greene Park which offered hay rides, face painting, games, and more. Hanging on the walls are multiple black and white posters showcasing the El Museo Del Barrio, New York City’s only Latino museum, located on 1230 5th avenue.These are only some of the examples of the efforts taken to create a better environment and living space for the Farragut residents. The process and changes are rather delayed, however, measures such as the resident watch program and the construction hiring requirement, it is this sense of community they are trying to build in the property that can impact the quality of life positively.

Pre visit – Farragut

This will be our third visit to the Farragut houses. Our first visit allowed for a general overview of the buildings and its surrounding area. The second visit allowed for greater detail by visiting specific streets. This visit should provide more details for our respective topics. I’m hoping to get as much beneficial information as I can.

5 points to help me focus on my topic.


Redefine topic as narrowly as possible

“The quality of life”

What have you learned about the topic
– beginning the area was farm land, after the revolution the land started to be sold and sectioned for development. The area then was sectioned into blocks and development brand both industrial and residential properties. The vision proposed by Joshua Sand was Olympia, a high end development similar to Manhattan. Seen as a Bustling area for growth. Then suffered a high crime rate. Then was chosen for urban renewal because of the slums, robbery drugs bars prostitution… Many blocks wiped out

What do you want to report about it
– the area prior to urban renewal ( crime rate, demographics, business and its effect on the area , real estate value)

What do I need to know/learn further to accomplish #3

What is my game plan
– find more information

Farragut housing visit

Today’s visit will be the most informative to me. We will be talking to workers who have an inside look to the housing project that we’ve been researching. I hope we find out more about the actual use of the ground and get an indepth look to the perks and disadvantages to living in the Farragut houses. I look forward to our visit today !