Indian-American organization in Queens, NY, celebrates Amazon’s withdrawal

Indian-American organization in Queens, NY, celebrates Amazon’s withdrawal

News India Times, February 14, 2019, By Ela Dutt Chhaya Community Development Corporation of Queens at a rally opposing the deal with Amazon to build its second headquarters in Queens, NY. Seen in photo, Executive Director Annetta Seecharan, right, addressing the crowd. (Photo: courtesy Chhaya CDC) An Indian-American non-profit organization in Queens, N.Y., which vehemently […]

The War Against Amazon was a War for Cities–and Cities Won

The War Against Amazon was a War for Cities–and Cities Won

Fast Company, November 15, 2019, by Katherine Schwab   Yesterday, Amazon abruptly announced that it would abandon its plan to build a second headquarters in Long Island City, Queens. For some politicians, like Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill Di Blasio, who were key supporters of the deal, it was a devastating loss for the city. But for many […]

Chhaya Opposes the Arrival of Amazon Headquarters

Chhaya Community Development Corporation works to build the housing stability and economic well-being of low-to-moderate income (LMI) South Asian and Indo-Caribbean New Yorkers. It is because of this mission that we unequivocally oppose the arrival of Amazon’s second headquarters in Long Island City, Queens.   Three billion in taxpayer dollars were committed to the land […]

Solving Problems by Bridging Community and Higher Education

November 02, 2018 | by Frances Bronet & Adam Friedman   Across the country, the shortage of affordable housing and rising homelessness threaten the vitality of our cities as areas of opportunity and centers for commerce, creativity, learning, and a foundation for our sense of identity. Educational institutions should be active partners addressing these issues […]


In his second term, Mayor Bill de Blasio has emphasized “fairness” in policies ranging from law enforcement to school desegregation to public health. Photo by Ed Reed via NYC Mayoral Photography Office   “Location, location, location” is the tired refrain of real estate agents. But it is more than a sales pitch: we’re more aware […]

September 4th 2018 Language Gap Drives Growing Asian American Poverty in NYC

A study found that Asian Americans have the starkest wealth divide of any other group By Emma Whitford (@emma_a_whitford)   “I cannot tell you the number of times, as a leader of this movement, I have heard these words: ‘Oh, your community is okay,’” says Annetta Seecharran, executive director of Chhaya Community Development Corporation, a […]

June 2018 Federal Candidate Surveys

APA VOICE conducted a candidate survey for candidates in the 5th , 12th , and 14th Congressional Districts in preparation for the Tuesday, June 26 New York Federal Primaries. APA VOICE is a strictly non-partisan, pan-Asian coalition of 19 civic engagement organizations in the Asian Pacific American community and conducted the survey this month in […]

April 19, 2018 Chhaya’s Community Visioning Session is in the news

On April 16th we welcomed the community members of Jackson Heights to participate in a Community Visioning Session to brainstorm alternative possibilities for the 82nd street land in place of  the plan to create a 13-story mixed use project with a Target in it. Community members envisioned projects that would protect the community from harassment, […]

Call For Socially Engaged Artists

CHHAYA CDC is seeking socially engaged art to feature at our annual South Asian street fair, Chatpati Mela, in July 2018. Artists or collectives of South Asian descent are strongly encouraged to apply; we also welcome residents of Jackson Heights who wish to respond to the pressing questions of the day and seek to motivate […]

Kiran Ahuja, Maulik Pancholy honored at Chhaya CDC Gala

Link to News India By Ruchi Vaishnav – November 27, 2017 Kiran Ahuja, CEO of Philanthropy Northwest and actor and activist Maulik Pancholy, were honored at the Chhaya CDC Architects of Change Gala, held on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at Studio 450, which was attended by about 150 people. Ahuja began her career as a civil […]

New luxury apartment complex coming to Jamaica by 2019

New luxury apartment complex coming to Jamaica by 2019

NEW YORK, Times Ledger, September 26th, 2017 by Naeisha Rose  Zara Realty, a Queens-based real estate firm, is developing a new luxury apartment complex near Rufus King Park on 89th Avenue between 172nd and 173 streets in Jamaica. The 18-unit, seven-story building will feature a gym, two rooftop terraces with a recreational space, a lounge with free […]