April 2017 Committee Reports

All-Member Quarterly Meeting- MAY 7th!

We invite all members of the REIC, as well as anyone interested in joining our cooperative, to our Spring 2017 quarterly All-Member Meeting! Join us to hear updates from our Founding Board, view the roadmap for us moving forward that was developed at our strategic planning meeting in March, hear report-backs from committees, and get more involved by joining a new working group. Also on the agenda – an interactive session where REIC members new and old can learn and ask questions about our business model and structure.

Come 10 minutes early or stay 10 minutes after the meeting to become a member and/or to pay your $10 member fee.

We are very excited to hold this meeting at Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria (www.wordupbooks.com), 2113 Amsterdam Avenue (at 165th St.), Washington Heights, New York, NY 10032


1/A/C to 168th St.

or C to 163rd St.

M100/M2 buses stop close by

One block from the High Bridge pedestrian entrance for those walking or biking over from the Bronx

We need volunteers to help with setting up and member sign-in for the meeting! Email elizahetterly@gmail.com with MAY MEETING HELP in the subject line if you are interested.

RSVP on Eventbrite HERE and on Facebook HERE!

REIC University Update

JOIN US for an REIC-U Film Screening and Discussion! Thursday, April 27 at 7pm

Come out to Flux Factory (39-31 29th St, Long Island City) to watch Kelly Anderson’s 2012 documentary, “My Brooklyn,” exploring how commercial forces transformed one New York City neighborhood along lines of race and class. Meet your fellow New Yorkers committed to challenging these forces by creating permanently affordable commercial space.

See the Facebook event here

We’ll briefly discuss the film in small groups after and connect it to the challenges and opportunities of our communities today. Everyone’s encouraged to bring food and drink! Good refreshments make for even better company.

We hope to see you there! Please register here, and share with your friends and networks!

REIC U reconvened in February and March, setting three committee objectives: (1) hosting monthly social and educational events, (2) helping create an all-member orientation in collaboration with the Disappearing Task Force and a community outreach training with CORB; and (3) helping develop marketing materials. The committee has since been identifying future meeting venues (please add any you know to this spreadsheet!), and laying plans for events through the summer.

If you would like to join us, please contact: REIC U: nyc-reic-case-studies@googlegroups.com or contact John Guzek: guzekjc@gmail.com
Founding Board Report-back


The Founding Board held a meeting on April 9 and continued the organizational planning process that was initiated at the meeting in March. The official minutes to the meeting are here.  

The April meeting focused on planning for the first project, with particular attention paid to financial feasability. In compliance with the legal responsibilities placed on directors of nonprofits, we discussed the risks and challenges to crowdfunding the purchase of real estate property in New York.

The Board recognizes the inspiring work being led by David Glick and other NYC REIC members to develop financial projection models that will enable us to finish the incubation phase of the cooperative. If you are interested in helping finalize our financial projections, please email the Founding Board at: steering@nycreic.com

More to come for those who are interested in taking more active roles in this next phase of the cooperative’s development!

Stay tuned to our Event Calendar for our next open meetings! Contact us at steering@nycreic.com and by voicemail at (718) 316-6092 ext. 5.

CORB: Community Outreach & Relationship Building Update

The former PBIG: Public Buildings Inventory Group seeks new members with great community organizing skills. We are looking for those who can help us build our community engagement model and educate the membership in best practices in how to reach out to communities and work together with them, in a horizontal, democratic, grassroots way. We are looking for professional community organizers who might “train the trainers.”

We are also looking for members who can help with translation, where necessary – whether from Spanish, Chinese, Russian, or other languages.

Contact us at: nycreic–public-buildings-inventory-group@googlegroups.com

Art & Media Update

Are you a video editor who cares about affordable space? Do you want to help us by editing footage of NYCREIC members, shot by The Laura Flanders Show, down to a few 30 second clips each for 10 members? If so, please email carolinewoolard@gmail.com with subject heading “NYCREIC editor” and share any links to your editing / video work.

Our new graphic identity for the REIC will be launched within the next couple of weeks, with huge thanks to Roy Rub, Seth Labenz and the Topos Graphics team for their pro bono work!

Please post to the REIC blog! Contact Leland at leland.cheuk@gmail.com to post on a topic specific to your workgroup or anything else related to the REIC – See:  http://nycreic.com/blog/ Join us!

Grievance Committee Update

Please join us, contact us at: grievance@nycreic.com