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Foreclosures

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    John Sampson, State Senator, Indicted; Brooklyn Relieved He Wasn't Elected DA

    Well, we guess the voters were right to re-elect Charles Hynes back in 2005, when he was pushed fairly hard in the democratic primary by challenger, state Sen. John Sampson. (Hynes won by about four percentage points.) Sampson, a 15-year veteran of the Legislature and chair of the senate ethics com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    Nine Arrested As Auction Blockade Returns to Brooklyn Court

    After a three-month hiatus, the singing protests that disrupt the auction of foreclosed homes returned to New York yesterday, popping up in a Brooklyn courtroom. The courtroom was packed with prospective buyers eager to bid on the thirteen properties scheduled for auction. But when the auctioneer b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2012

    Longtime Queens Court Foreclosure Sales Monitor Forced Out For A Ridiculous Reason

    Ever since Runnin' Scared started its coverage of the foreclosure auctions a few months ago, one of the most helpful and kind individuals have been Debbie Seabrook. As we've mentioned before, the 63-year-old travel agent have been monitoring the Queens Supreme Court foreclosure auctions--peacefully, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    "Week of Action" Wraps With Queens Court Singing Protest; 63 Arrested For The Week

    The "Week of Action" --three foreclosure blockades at the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queen's Supreme Court--finished today with two dozen singing protestors storming Queen's court. Yesterday's action at Brooklyn led to 38 arrests. Unlike the Seabrook incident, most of the interactions between guards a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Foreclosure Blockade Activists' "Week of Action" is Indeed Action-Packed

    We are in the midst of a "week of action", a term dubbed by a collective of housing activists--you know, those singing protestors we've written about for the past few months--and homeowners facing foreclosure, and it has been action-packed indeed. On Monday, about 40 people from diverse backgrounds ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Who's Getting Foreclosed on in Brooklyn Tomorrow? A Grumpy Chinese Restaurant

    The Voice is starting a new feature several times a week. As foreclosures continue unabated across the nation, the Voice will be profiling the foreclosures that happen every week right here in the five boroughs. We'll be looking closely at the properties facing foreclosure, the public auctions where ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    Foreclosed Tomorrow, Harassed Today

    ​The Voice is starting a new feature several times a week. As foreclosures continue unabated across the nation, the Voice will be profiling the foreclosures that happen every week right here in the five boroughs. We'll be looking closely at the properties facing foreclosure, the public auctions wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    The Feds Seek Crackdown on Flawed Foreclosure System

    If there's one thing we've learned from reaching out to homeowners about to face foreclosures the past several months, it's that the entire foreclosure system is heavily flawed. Back in February, we profiled Debbie Hailey, who managed to stop the foreclosure sale of her home by failing for bankrup ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Singing Protests Will Return Tomorrow in Queens

    For the past few months, The Voice has written about these protestors interrupting foreclosure auctions at supreme courts across the city by singing out loud. Dubbing it the "People's Bailout", the protesters believe their actions raise awareness to the country's dangerously high foreclosure rate an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    Foreclosure Rate in New York State Drops--But Queens Supreme Court Still Did Their Thing

    Well, some good news today on the nation wide foreclosure pandemic--New York State's foreclosure rate dropped a whopping 44 percent last month--while the rest of the country only dropped 2 percent--according to a report by RealtyTrac. But let's not start celebrating yet, as this sudden drop is most ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Putting A Face On Americans One Step Away From Foreclosures

    Foreclosures rates are rising--and will continue to rise--across the US, and for the past few weeks, The Voice has been visiting homes that are about to, or have been, sold at foreclosure auctions, in an effort to put a face on the crisis and allow them to tell their story. A recent project by New ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    What Went Down at Yesterday's Brooklyn Foreclosure Auction

    The Voice is starting a new feature several times a week. As foreclosures continue unabated across the nation, the Voice will be profiling the foreclosures that happen every week right here in the five boroughs. We'll be looking closely at the properties facing foreclosure, the public auctions where ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Who's Getting Foreclosed on in Brooklyn Today? A Surgical Supply Company

    ​The Voice is starting a new feature several times a week. As foreclosures continue unabated across the nation, the Voice will be profiling the foreclosures that happen every week right here in the five boroughs. We'll be looking closely at the properties facing foreclosure, the public auctions wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Who's Getting Foreclosed on in Brooklyn Today? Apparently, No One

    The Voice is starting a new feature several times a week. As foreclosures continue unabated across the nation, the Voice will be profiling the foreclosures that happen every week right here in the five boroughs. We'll be looking closely at the properties facing foreclosure, the public auctions where ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    NYPD Ready for Today's Occupy Wall Street Movement at Bryant Park

    The New York Police have sent out a department-wide memo to prepare for today's Occupy Wall Street event, which is scheduled to take place 9am at Bryant Park. The protest, titled "Shut Down the Corporations #F29", targets, among others, Bank of America for supposedly selling subprime mortgages--whic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    What Went Down at Last Week's Foreclosure Auctions

    ​The Voice is starting a new feature several times a week. As foreclosures continue unabated across the nation, the Voice will be profiling the foreclosures that happen every week right here in the five boroughs. We'll be looking closely at the properties facing foreclosure, the public auctions wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    Who's Getting Foreclosed on in Brooklyn Today? A Third-Generation Home-Dweller

    The Voice is starting a new feature several times a week. As foreclosures continue unabated across the nation, the Voice will be profiling the foreclosures that happen every week right here in the five boroughs. We'll be looking closely at the properties facing foreclosure, the public auctions where ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    Singing Foreclosure Protesters Occupy Queens Courtroom

    The third "People's Bailout", a series of singing protests organized by activist group Organizing for Occupation that aims to disrupt the court foreclosure proceedings, took place this morning at 11am at the Queens Supreme Court. Forty-two people showed up for the movement and, in three separate bat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    Singing Protesters Arrested Again During "Public" Foreclosure Auction

    Activists took up song to protest a "public" foreclosure auction in Brooklyn Supreme Court this afternoon. Many of those gathered (from FUREE, Housing Is a Human Right, Organizing for Occupation, and a new group called Occupied Real Estate) had taken part in another singing act of protest last Octob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    The Occupation in East New York, Two Weeks Later

    The Indeypendent​It's been two weeks since hundreds of Occupy Wall Street organizers landed in East New York to reclaim and renovate a vacant house that will eventually become the residence of a homeless mother Tasha Glasgow and her two children. Now, in the wake of OWS's three-month anniver ... More >>

  • News

    December 14, 2011

    Occupy Goes Home

    The movement takes back foreclosed houses after leaving the park

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    Occupy Wall Street Re-Occupies Foreclosed Home in East New York: A Report From the Scene

    Nick Pinto​Occupy Wall Street organizers ushered in a new phase of their movement yesterday when about 400 people participated in a collaborative takeover to re-occupy a vacant foreclosed home in East New York for a homeless family of four. The afternoon's event, part of a collaborative Nati ... More >>

  • News

    November 16, 2011

    Occupational Hazards

    Could Occupy Wall Street survive without an occupation?

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2011

    Foreclosure Fallout: Did Organizing for Occupation's Singing Protest Accomplish Anything?

    Michelle D. Anderson1241 Flatbush Ave. was sold at auction on Thursday, despite a song-delayed court session​Last week the Voice reported on Organizing for Occupation's first co-sponsored Occupy Wall Street action in Brooklyn, which took place at the Brooklyn Supreme on Thursday and saw the ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    How Singing Paused Foreclosure Court in Brooklyn (VIDEO)

    Yesterday, we wrote about how nine people, including two lawyers, got arrested for temporarily halting the foreclosure auctions of three buildings in Brooklyn Supreme Court, by singing. Even though such auctions are open to the public (until the court officers tell you that you'll be arrested if you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Lawyers and Activists Arrested in Brooklyn Courtroom While Stopping Foreclosures with Song (VIDEO)

    Updated below: the singers have been released. Organizing for Occupation co-sponsored the first Occupy Wall Street action in Brooklyn today, and it didn't disappoint in terms of adding some Brooklyn flair to the once Manhattan bound scene. About a hundred people rallied outside Brooklyn Supreme Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    Defenders of Mary Ward, 82-Year-Old Facing Eviction, Join with Occupy Wall Street to Fight Foreclosures

    Michael Premo​The group Organizing for Occupation will bring Occupy Wall Street to Downtown Brooklyn on Thursday, in a joint action from the two groups at Brooklyn Supreme Cout that will call for an end to foreclosure auctions. "O4O" first made news in August, when their members surrounded t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    NYC Foreclosures Drop, But Don't Get Giddy

    ​The good news? The overall number of foreclosures in New York City dropped dramatically in 2010 after a spike in woeful 2009. The bad news? The number of foreclosed buildings is still staggering, and the city's overall rate of foreclosures is high. Those are part of the mixed bag of conclusions ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2011

    Blogger Fined $60,000 For Telling The Truth

    John Hoff (via)​A Minneapolis blogger was ordered on Friday to pay $60,000 in damages to an ex-community leader who lost his job because of the blogger's reporting -- even though that reporting was accurate. John Hoff connected Jerry Moore, who was employed by the University of Minnesota to study ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    The Search Is On for Dan Donovan's Record on Mortgage Fraud

    Morgan Schweitzer​Would-be state Attorney General Dan Donovan says that the reason he hasn't had any public corruption cases as Staten Island District Attorney, is that the borough's too small to have its very own corrupt officials. The Voice pointed out that for years you could walk into rest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    New York City Real Estate Blissfully Impervious to Foreclosure Drama -- So Far

    ​While foreclosure issues (including a whole bunch of potentially fraudulent -- read, really, really bad --- practices that kicked people out of their homes) have housing markets in the rest of the nation in disarray, the New York City real estate market remains actually sort of...okay. As far ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2010

    Evictions Across America on Pause Because Paperwork is Hard

    ​Bank of America is the latest mega-mortgage lender to put their housing foreclosures on pause due to difficulty filling out forms, the New York Times reports. BoA joins GMAC Mortgage and JPMorgan Chase in the "This is A Lot of Work!" camp, temporarily halting all evictions to amend the paperw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    David Bouley Faces Foreclosure, Debt, Tsuris

    All is not bully for Bouley.​David Bouley's been traveling quite a trail of tears for the past several months: The chef can now add foreclosure to his roster of woes. The Post reports that Bouley is facing foreclosure on his $2.5 million three-bedroom condo in Tribeca. To add insult to injury, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2009

    41 Arrested in Mortgage Fraud Sweep

    Forty-one people in the New York area were arrested today, charged by U.S. Attorneys in connection with mortgage fraud schemes totaling $64 million dollars -- one of the biggest such sweeps ever. The alleged scam artists profited off the housing crisis by running fraudulent foreclosure rescue oper ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    Quick Hits

    Mayor Bloomberg spoke for Sonia Sotomayor at the hearings today, lauded her appointment on diversity grounds in that she would represent The Bronx. (Ginsburg is from Brooklyn, Scalia from Queens.) "My grandmother was born in Montgomery, Alabama," Manhattan D.A. Robert Morgenthau told Alabama Sena ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    Yes, Commercial Real Estate Diving Too

    Watching the financial news wires these days is kind of like waiting for a tidal wave. You know the bad news is coming, and you can't do much about it. That must be a familiar feeling for the pashas of the New York City commercial real estate market.    Along those lines, a new report by Real Cap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2008

    Times Says Most Homeowners Will Cheat Gov't, Should Be Forced to Rent from Banks

    The liberal New York Times steps up for the banks today in the person of David Leonhardt, who counsels that whatever modest aid may be given to "underwater" homeowners should make distinctions -- between those presumably deserving souls who cannot make their mortgage payments, and those who (in his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2008

    Fighting Foreclosure: Subprime Borrowers Battle (and Beat) Lenders in Court

    In response to the subprime mortgage foreclosure crisis sweeping New York City, the highest court in the State is finding new ways to provide homeowners with legal advice and representation if they are faced with foreclosure. A series of startling court decisions nationwide have ruled against subpr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2008
  • Blogs

    June 13, 2008

    Now Showing: The Repossessed

    From Bush Beat: U.S. banks may be in trouble, but they're not too busy bailing red ink out of their yachts to stop foreclosing on your home — and yours and yours and yours and yours . . . Hot off the server, Bob Ivry of Bloomberg News reports: Banks repossessed twice as many homes in May an ... More >>

  • News

    January 22, 2008
  • Blogs

    December 11, 2007

    Bush Subprime Bailout Will Help Few New Yorkers

    In 2006, 9,088 homes in New York City were in foreclosure. In the first six months of 2007, 6,743 homes entered foreclosure proceedings. Illustration courtesy of the Center for Responsible Lending By Eileen Markey Thanks for nothing. That's what sub-prime mortgage victims in New York's at-ris ... More >>

  • NYC Life

    June 27, 2006

    Jacob Selechnik

    'Sometimes they don't open the windows and let the walls breathe'

  • News

    October 12, 2004

    Kerry to Ohio: Vote Your Wallets, Please

    Buckeyes way worse off than four years ago

  • News

    August 24, 1999

    Liberals On Loan

    Lender that preys on poor fights the state­ with help from leading democrats

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