Stuyvesant Town store selling dolls made by Syrian refugee women to benefit their creators

The dolls come in sets of three: a father, a mother and a child, and each set tells the true story of a different family. (Photos by John King)

By Sabina Mollot

This holiday season, Stuyvesant Town boutique Ibiza Kidz is hoping to spread some cheer to Syrian women refugees, by selling dolls they’ve made with 100 percent of the money from the sales going towards helping them and others who are in the same position.

The elaborately embroidered dolls, which have just made their debut in the United States, arrived at the kids’ clothing shop last Friday. They come in sets of three (a mother, a father and child) and are meant to tell the stories of real refugee families.

Each one comes with a story parents are encouraged to read to their children that Ibiza Kidz owner Carole Husiak describes as “reality in a meaningful, kid-friendly way.

“It demystifies and explains the concept of people starting a new home, not to frighten children but explain what some families go through,” she said.

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Council approves bill for predatory equity watch list

Council Member Dan Garodnick at a rally against predatory lending in 2016 (Photo by William Alatriste)

By Sabina Mollot

Last Thursday, the City Council passed legislation aimed at making it more difficult for speculative landlords to price or harass tenants out of the buildings they’ve just bought.

City Council Members Dan Garodnick and Ritchie Torres are the authors of what’s been dubbed the “Predatory Equity Bill,” which calls for the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development to establish a list of recently sold, rent-regulated buildings owned by potentially predatory investors.

Garodnick, who’s been working on the legislation for over a year, said it was inspired by the disastrous sale of Stuyvesant Town in 2006.As has been well documented, then owner Tishman Speyer tried to make up for its over-leveraged $5.4 billion purchase by issuing primary residence challenges to over 1,000 rent-regulated residents, before finally defaulting and walking away in 2010.

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