NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to rezone East Harlem, which would include more highrises, doesn’t sit well with many residents in the neighborhood.
De Blasio says it will fulfill his promise of creating and preserving 200,000 units of affordable housing, but several people at a Thursday town hall said it’s really about gentrifying the neighborhood.READ MORE: New York City Jewish Community Paying Very Close Attention To Installation Of New Israel Prime Minister Naftali Bennett
“Affordable housing is nothing for people who have low income, right? It’s for people who have middle income,” one woman from the Justice Center en El Barrio said. “So we say no to racist rezoning.”READ MORE: Erik Chimborazo Hit With Multiple Charges Following 2-Car Crash That Killed Lyft Driver In Maspeth, Queens
The group doesn’t understand how the mayor could support aid to Puerto Rico, yet push a proposal they say can price out Puerto Ricans in New York and other minorities that live in the area.MORE NEWS: Ned Beatty, Legendary Character Actor Known For 'Deliverance,' 'Network,' Dead At Age 83
“If that makes you feel good to say that and not look at the facts, God bless you,” the woman told WCBS 880’s Myles Miller.