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Getting out of the gas fix we’re in: We need more energy but we can’t just keep burning fossil fuels
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Getting out of the gas fix we’re in: We need more energy but we can’t just keep burning fossil fuels

Con Edison's moratorium on serving most new gas customers in Westchester took effect on March 15; Con Ed recently advised New York's Public Service...

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NY labor leaders putting pressure on state lawmakers in fight of rent reform
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NY labor leaders putting pressure on state lawmakers in fight of rent reform

A dozen of the state's most powerful union bosses sent a letter to Gov. Cuomo and legislative leaders Monday, encouraging them to enact sweeping...

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Trump administration admits 55,000 kids could be displaced under plan to evict undocumented immigrants
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Trump administration admits 55,000 kids could be displaced under plan to evict undocumented immigrants

Thousands of children with legal immigration status could end up homeless under a controversial Trump administration plan to purge undocumented...

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California couple ordered to pay almost $600K for uprooting 180-year-old oak tree on protected property
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California couple ordered to pay almost $600K for uprooting 180-year-old oak tree on protected property

A Sonoma County judge has ordered Peter and Toni Thompson to fork over almost $600,000 after they uprooted a 180-year-old heritage oak tree from a...

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NYC Council passes 17 bills to combat tenant harassment and displacement
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NYC Council passes 17 bills to combat tenant harassment and displacement

The City Council on Wednesday passed 17 bills meant to protect tenants and prevent landlords from harassing them out of their apartments. The...

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The Rent Guidelines Board must hold the line: While we’re waiting for stronger laws, freeze rents for tenants
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The Rent Guidelines Board must hold the line: While we’re waiting for stronger laws, freeze rents for tenants

Tonight, the nine members of the New York City Rent Guidelines Board face a choice. They can either recognize that the rent laws in our state are...

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Appraisers question process NYC used to value properties before shelling out $173 million to shady landlords
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Appraisers question process NYC used to value properties before shelling out $173 million to shady landlords

Mayor de Blasio's release of hundreds of pages of appraisal documents used in the city's controversial $173 million purchase of 17 properties from...

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Preservation group calls for probe of city’s Union Square tech hub
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Preservation group calls for probe of city’s Union Square tech hub

A downtown historic preservation group is accusing the city of doling out a sweetheart deal to the developer chosen to build a 22-story tech hub in...

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South Bronx tenants demand senior housing after De Blasio blows off $500 million pledge
News 3 weeks ago
South Bronx tenants demand senior housing after De Blasio blows off $500 million pledge

Angrily denouncing Mayor de Blasio over what they call a broken $500 million promise, tenants and church leaders marched in the South Bronx on...

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Build out the NYCHA infill: Use spare land to aid public housing
News 3 weeks ago
Build out the NYCHA infill: Use spare land to aid public housing

Business as usual will not improve the living conditions of the New York City Housing Authority's 400,000 residents. Years of underfunding,...

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BQE and the road to New York’s future: Highways that split neighborhoods are things of the past
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BQE and the road to New York’s future: Highways that split neighborhoods are things of the past

Rather than plow ahead with a rebuild of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway running through Brooklyn Heights, Mayor de Blasio set up a panel to discuss...

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City brags about ‘historic’ drop in childhood lead exposure despite minor progress in public housing
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City brags about ‘historic’ drop in childhood lead exposure despite minor progress in public housing

The city bragged about a "historic" 11% drop in childhood lead exposure last year - despite the fact that hundreds of kids living in its own public...

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A tech hub in every borough
News 1 month ago
A tech hub in every borough

The heart of New York's Silicon Alley won itself another tenant this week, but this one was not Google, Facebook or Amazon. New York landed a deal...

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Former NYC Councilwoman pushes to renew passenger rail service on forgotten Queens tracks
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Former NYC Councilwoman pushes to renew passenger rail service on forgotten Queens tracks

A little-used stretch of train tracks in Queens could be the key to filling transit deserts in the borough, community leaders say. The Long Island...

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NYCHA lifts eviction; will find new apartment for elderly tenant who fell behind on his rent after a rehab stay for amputated leg
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NYCHA lifts eviction; will find new apartment for elderly tenant who fell behind on his rent after a rehab stay for amputated leg

An elderly Bronx man who was kicked to the curb after a medical emergency forced him to fall behind on his rent is being welcomed back with open...

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Mississippi community baffled by mashed potatoes mysteriously appearing on people’s doorsteps
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Mississippi community baffled by mashed potatoes mysteriously appearing on people’s doorsteps

Neighbors at a historic neighborhood in Jackson are scratching their heads this week after someone mysteriously dropped off bowls of mashed...

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Racist planning shaped our city; conscientious planning can help undo its mistakes
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Racist planning shaped our city; conscientious planning can help undo its mistakes

Today is the 51st anniversary of the federal Fair Housing Act, and New York City is debating adding a comprehensive planning requirement to its...

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New York lawmakers vow to pass sweeping set of pro-tenant polices as they tackle rent regulations
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New York lawmakers vow to pass sweeping set of pro-tenant polices as they tackle rent regulations

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) unveiled a wide-ranging platform on Tuesday intended to strengthen rent regulation laws and implement...

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De Blasio donor is a chief architect behind city’s $173 million real estate deal with shady landlord
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De Blasio donor is a chief architect behind city’s $173 million real estate deal with shady landlord

For three months, Mayor de Blasio and two notorious landlords have hidden the fact that a chief architect behind a controversial $173 million land...

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De Blasio taps Vicki Been to lead troubled public housing agency
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De Blasio taps Vicki Been to lead troubled public housing agency

Mayor de Blasio announced Thursday that Vicki Been - his former head of Housing Preservation and Development - will be his new deputy mayor. Been...

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Speaker Heastie says Albany lawmakers ‘laser-focused’ on rent regulations
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Speaker Heastie says Albany lawmakers ‘laser-focused’ on rent regulations

ALBANY - Lawmakers in the state capital are going to be "laser-focused" on rent regulations in the coming weeks of the legislative sessions,...

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Enlarge Manhattan, and develop the land: De Blasio avoids mentioning the obvious way to pay for a necessary way to combat climate change
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Enlarge Manhattan, and develop the land: De Blasio avoids mentioning the obvious way to pay for a necessary way to combat climate change

Last week, Mayor de Blasio announced a series of interventions to protect lower Manhattan from the impacts of climate change, since much of it...

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Department of Finance snafu means some miss deadline to save on property taxes
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Department of Finance snafu means some miss deadline to save on property taxes

Bad information from the Department of Finance means that some New Yorkers missed their chance to apply for property tax exemptions that could save...

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NYC moves to turn basement apartments into legal, safe, affordable housing, but renters worry increases aren't far behind
News 2 months ago
NYC moves to turn basement apartments into legal, safe, affordable housing, but renters worry increases aren't far behind

Marlene Hernandez moved from her two-bedroom apartment in Bushwick to an illegal basement apartment in East New York two years ago out of necessity...

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Brooklyn man has too many books in home of 46 years, says landlord who wants him out
News 2 months ago
Brooklyn man has too many books in home of 46 years, says landlord who wants him out

Ben Hammer could probably write a tome about the 46 years he has spent in his Brooklyn apartment, but he wouldn't have anywhere to put it. The...

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Lynne Patton resumes NYCHA tour at Queensbridge Houses ahead of federal monitor
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Lynne Patton resumes NYCHA tour at Queensbridge Houses ahead of federal monitor

Lynne Patton's NYCHA tour resumed Wednesday in Queens, where residents got what they said was a rare treat - a visit from from a pair of...

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NYC sued to protect Little Italy's Elizabeth Street Garden
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NYC sued to protect Little Italy's Elizabeth Street Garden

The Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden filed a lawsuit Wednesday in a bid to save the garden and sculpture sanctuary in Little Italy from getting...

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Neighbors reportedly rally to push dominatrix out of her Brooklyn business
News 2 months ago
Neighbors reportedly rally to push dominatrix out of her Brooklyn business

She's used to being in charge, but a Brooklyn dominatrix said she feels handcuffed over a neighbor's efforts to push her out of the community....

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Kohl's to start leasing store space to Planet Fitness
News 2 months ago
Kohl's to start leasing store space to Planet Fitness

Kohl's started a similar program with supermarket chain Aldi last year, another tactic thought up by CEO Michelle Gass. Kohl's has over 1,100...

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Ocasio-Cortez opens new Queens district office, revisits Amazon issue
News 2 months ago
Ocasio-Cortez opens new Queens district office, revisits Amazon issue

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez seemed to soften her stance against Amazon on Monday, telling reporters she has no "personal animus" toward the tech...

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