Reverend Marc Rivera
A Conversation with Reverend Dr. Marc Rivera, Pastor of Primitive Christian Church

April 2017

Reverend Dr. Marc Rivera is the Pastor of Primitive Christian Church


Reverend Marc Rivera helps one of his parishioners at the February 16 online annual recertification event.
Workshop Highlights the Ease of Online Annual Recertification

NYCHA and Vision Urbana, a community-based organization on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, hosted an online recertification workshop at the Primitive Christian Church (La Iglesia Primitiva) on February 16. Spearheaded by Reverend Dr.


colorful photos of women's faces
Brownsville Art Matters

Every day, Langston Hughes Apartments residents and community members are treated to a stunning outdoor art exhibit called “Brownsville Matters,” which celebrates the culture and identity of Brownsville through Technicolor paintings and captivating photos, showing beauty that’s often overlooked i


NYCHA Chair Meets with Electeds to Discuss Federal Budget Cuts

Elected officials representing New York at the federal, state, and city level met with Chair Shola Olatoye to discuss how to advocate for public housing in the face of the most significant federal budget cuts NYCHA has ever faced.


Paul Philpott at work in his shipping container farm, Gateway Greens.
Farm in a Box

Paul Philpott, 25, has grown various veggies on his farm, Gateway Greens, such as kale, collard greens, Swiss chard, and a variety of herbs, including sage, thyme, and oregano.


James Secreto
Celebrating Black History & Women’s History Months

In celebration of Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March), we want to re-introduce you to four people who are making a real difference in the NYCHA community.


Lolita Miller
Transforming NYCHA Through Public Private Partnerships

Ocean Bay (Bayside) is the next development scheduled for major renovations


New lighting at Castle Hill Houses in the Bronx has helped residents feel safer walking around their development at night.
New Lights, Safer City

There are more than 1,000 new, state-of-the-art, energy-efficient LED light fixtures at entrances, walkways, and parking areas at three NYCHA developments—St.


Art work inspired by the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by young artist Diem Robinson, a NYCHA resident and afterschool student from University Settlement's Atlantic Terminal Community Center in Brooklyn.
Picture the Dream

Art Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Muhammad Watley
A Stand-Up Guy

The City’s seven-week Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), which provided job experience and earnings for almost 900 New York City youth at NYCHA developments and offices, ended in August. But the encouragement that Grant Houses Supervisor of Grounds Muhammad Watley and his staff gave their young charges could affect their lives forever. That’s Mr. Watley’s conviction, and he should know —he was a SYEP employee 11 years ago.



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