Is this really happening in NYC? - Editorial

Is this really happening in NYC?

Posted: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 7:13 am

Gentrification is a serious issue in many large cities. Rising real estate values, which are generally a sign of economic health, can bring with them upper-income residents who displace lower-income tenants from developing neighborhoods. There is nothing new about this problem. But are Jews to blame for it? One Democratic candidate for the New York City Council is arguing that they are.

“Jewish landlords [own more than 80 percent] of the privately owned, for-profit, multifamily rental apartment buildings in Harlem and Washington Heights and are at the forefront of pushing black and Hispanic tenants out of their apartments,” reads the campaign website of Thomas Lopez-Pierre, whose Manhattan district includes parts of the Upper West Side, Morningside Heights and Washington Heights – areas that contain large Jewish populations. He is challenging district incumbent Mark Levine in this fall’s Democratic primary.

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