Starrett City: The character of an unusual urban community

WNYC News, February 28, 2007

The proposed buyers of Brooklyn’s Starrett City have received nothing but bad press since putting up their $1.3 billion bid. Most of it has been directed at developer David Bistricer. The latest allegations – from the housing advocacy group Acorn – are that he refuses to rent apartments to people with Section 8 vouchers at another complex he owns in Brooklyn. If true, it would be illegal and Attorney General Andrew Cuomo tells The New York Times he’ll look into it. The allegations are exactly the kind of thing that has the complex’s 12,000 residents worried, but beyond the cost of housing, what may be at stake is the character of an unusual urban community. WNYC’s Siddhartha Mitter spoke with some of Starrett City’s residents.