Crown Heights continues to change very quickly. Often times, especially lately, it can be hard to follow and understand all the changes that are occurring. As a community, we need to bind together to keep each other informed, and we need to take action to ensure that we have an active hand in guiding the changes that will impact our neighborhood and the people who live here.
• Our community is in need of responsible, objective, proactive representation.
• Our neighbors -- old and new -- should represent the needs and desires of our community.
• There should be a healthier balance of power in our community.
• People are more important than profits.
LaunchPad is interested in working with the community to develop a new "Community Activism" program. We'll have more information in the coming months. In the meantime, please contact us to express any thoughts, concerns, ideas, questions, or interest in participating: [email protected]
Here's an example of the kind of situation we'd like to avoid (also on facebook, feel free to share there):
LaunchPad recently learned that Stacey Sheffey, Vice President of the Crow Hill Community Association, is employed as a real estate agent at MySpace, the realty company located across the street from LaunchPad at 722 Franklin Avenue. MySpace is known to use unethical, unscrupulous, borderline illegal tactics to force out longtime residents of properties they acquire and/or manage. After removing longtime residents, they then charge MUCH higher rents to new residents. In past instances of these actions by MySpace, the Crow Hill Community Association decided not to intervene, despite many pleas from forced out residents and LaunchPad. As Vice President of CHCA, Ms Sheffey is well aware of ruthless actions taken by MySpace, including the harassment and displacement of 2 families with disabled children. Ms Sheffey has decided to team up with MySpace.
MySpace will soon be the new owner of the property located at 730 Franklin Avenue, the lot that housed a community garden until very recently. You can read more about the eviction of the community garden, including a few ironic quotes by Stacey Sheffey: http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20120514/crown-heights/crown-heights-community-garden-be-razed-as-neighborhood-blooms
What does this mean? Some may see business as usual in the NYC real estate world. LaunchPad sees a severe conflict of interest. The Vice President of our neighborhood community association is an employee of the real estate company that is forcing longtime residents out of our community.
Please get involved to help steer changes you believe in.
Founder of LaunchPad