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NYC public housing tenants file class action lawsuit against city, claim unlivable conditions and demand rent reduction
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NYC public housing tenants file class action lawsuit against city, claim unlivable conditions and demand rent reduction

Three New York City Housing Authority tenants filed a class action lawsuit Wednesday in Brooklyn Supreme Court accusing the authority of forcing...

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NYCHA residents at Taft Houses suffer second water main break in three days
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NYCHA residents at Taft Houses suffer second water main break in three days

Hours after NYCHA repaired a water main break Tuesday morning, hundreds of residents at the Taft Houses in East Harlem had to contend with another...

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NYCHA’s Taft Houses residents in Manhattan without water for days
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NYCHA’s Taft Houses residents in Manhattan without water for days

NYCHA officials blamed the outages, which started Sunday, on a broken eight-inch main water supply line, and said it affected all nine buildings in...

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Gracie Mansion isn’t eco-friendly despite NYC Mayor de Blasio’s efficiency upgrades
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Gracie Mansion isn’t eco-friendly despite NYC Mayor de Blasio’s efficiency upgrades

Gracie Mansion uses far more electricity than other homes across the country despite the city spending millions in recent years to make the...

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Breaking the backs of brokers: A new regulation is unwarranted and unfair to real-estate agents
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Breaking the backs of brokers: A new regulation is unwarranted and unfair to real-estate agents

The rule issued last week by New York's Department of State on the collection of brokerage commissions sent shockwaves throughout the real estate...

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Mayor de Blasio shies away from big proposals in State of the City speech that focuses on small biz, kids, climate
News 2 weeks ago
Mayor de Blasio shies away from big proposals in State of the City speech that focuses on small biz, kids, climate

Mayor de Blasio sounded a dark note in the second-to-last State of the City speech of his administration, saying his efforts to make the city...

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NY real estate groups vow to fight rule blocking landlords from passing on broker fee to prospective tenants
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NY real estate groups vow to fight rule blocking landlords from passing on broker fee to prospective tenants

ALBANY - Real estate groups, reeling in the wake of a state determination barring landlords from passing on a broker's fee to prospective tenants,...

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New York State says landlords to pay broker fees, not renters
News 3 weeks ago
New York State says landlords to pay broker fees, not renters

ALBANY - State regulators, in a move that could upend the city's rental market, have determined that renters are no longer on the hook for broker...

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Protecting tenants from evictions renews push in Albany for ‘good cause’ legislation
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Protecting tenants from evictions renews push in Albany for ‘good cause’ legislation

Proponents of the renter-friendly legislation - which would require a landlord to show "just cause" for not renewing a lease- are preparing a full...

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NYC inspectors have found lead in 11,275 NYCHA apartments since April 2019: report
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NYC inspectors have found lead in 11,275 NYCHA apartments since April 2019: report

City public housing inspectors found lead in 11,275 apartments between April and December 2019 and still have not tested more than 100,000...

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NYC councilman gives the cold shoulder to ice skating rink at Bryant Park pricing, demands investigation into ‘deceptive advertising’
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NYC councilman gives the cold shoulder to ice skating rink at Bryant Park pricing, demands investigation into ‘deceptive advertising’

Bronx Councilman Ritchie Torres (D-Bronx) is demanding the city's parks commissioner investigate what Torres called "extortionate" costs that...

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Apple is closing its stores and offices in China during coronavirus outbreak
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Apple is closing its stores and offices in China during coronavirus outbreak

"Our thoughts are with the people most immediately affected by the coronavirus and with those working around the clock to study and contain it,"...

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New York lawmaker readies legislation to level property tax playing field
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New York lawmaker readies legislation to level property tax playing field

ALBANY - A Harlem lawmaker wants to change the city's property tax law to better level the playing field when it comes to buying a home in the Big...

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Fix this tax: New York’s regressive and unfair property levies need a complete overhaul
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Fix this tax: New York’s regressive and unfair property levies need a complete overhaul

It's way too late and a bit too cautious, but give credit to a joint mayoral-City Council advisory panel for laying out the start of a sane...

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NYC property tax overhaul would change 90% of owners’ bills -- including de Blasio’s
News 3 weeks ago
NYC property tax overhaul would change 90% of owners’ bills -- including de Blasio’s

Mayor de Blasio will finally see his low bills go up under long-awaited reforms to the city's complex property tax system proposed Thursday by a...

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NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer unveils affordable housing plan
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NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer unveils affordable housing plan

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer rolled out a wide-ranging affordable housing plan Wednesday that would require 25% of new construction...

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Only innovation can save NYCHA: The federal monitor outlines the creative solutions needed to address the Housing Authority’s many challenges
News 4 weeks ago
Only innovation can save NYCHA: The federal monitor outlines the creative solutions needed to address the Housing Authority’s many challenges

Over the last year in my role as the federal monitor over the New York City Housing Authority, it has become clear to me that even with the level...

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We can’t survive new rent laws: A small-building landlord says reforms will lead to deterioration of housing stock
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We can’t survive new rent laws: A small-building landlord says reforms will lead to deterioration of housing stock

New York calls its new rent regulation law the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act. In reality, it will destabilize and wreck the state's...

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Real estate money still rolling in for Senate Dems despite vows from some to avoid the industry
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Real estate money still rolling in for Senate Dems despite vows from some to avoid the industry

Last year, as New York lawmakers overhauled the state's rent laws, some progressive Senate Democrats swore off real estate money and vowed to keep...

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Anti-eviction ally responsible for starting hundreds of NYC eviction cases
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Anti-eviction ally responsible for starting hundreds of NYC eviction cases

A key ally of a fiercely anti-eviction advocacy group has been initiating evictions against tenants in the buildings it runs for years - sometimes...

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How to get more affordable housing: The key is leveraging private developers
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How to get more affordable housing: The key is leveraging private developers

Mandatory Inclusionary Housing, one of New York City Mayor de Blasio's signature housing initiatives, is a bust. As politically appealing as MIH...

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A suddenly orphaned teen is being kicked out of his grandparents’ retirement community
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A suddenly orphaned teen is being kicked out of his grandparents’ retirement community

A 15-year-old boy who lost his parents two weeks apart is being told he can't stay with his grandparents in their retirement community. Collin...

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De Blasio launches NYC’s $40M effort to ‘get out the count’ for 2020 Census
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De Blasio launches NYC’s $40M effort to ‘get out the count’ for 2020 Census

Mayor de Blasio launched the city's $40 million "get out the count" effort to ensure New Yorkers participate in the 2020 Census during a campaign...

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NYC evictions down almost 20% six months after state tenant protections enacted
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NYC evictions down almost 20% six months after state tenant protections enacted

Evictions in the Big Apple have plummeted nearly 20% in the six months since Albany lawmakers enacted sweeping new tenant protection laws. The drop...

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NYCHA to spend $50 million scouring air ducts not cleaned in decades to fight mold
News 1 month ago
NYCHA to spend $50 million scouring air ducts not cleaned in decades to fight mold

The New York City Housing Authority is launching a $50 million program this month to scrub out and modernize ventilation systems in the 326...

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The very best Christmas gift: Families in dire straits need help navigating the legal system
News 2 months ago
The very best Christmas gift: Families in dire straits need help navigating the legal system

It was 3 p.m., the day before Christmas. The normally bustling office of Mobilization for Justice (or MFJ as most people call it) was quiet. The...

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Dueling city public housing Christmas displays boost holiday spirit in the Bronx
News 2 months ago
Dueling city public housing Christmas displays boost holiday spirit in the Bronx

For the past five years, residents in two of the towers that make up NYCHA's Soundview Houses have engaged in a friendly duel over which building...

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NYCHA tenants lawyers demand Housing Authority keep holiday heat on
News 2 months ago
NYCHA tenants lawyers demand Housing Authority keep holiday heat on

Attorneys who've represented scores of public housing residents over the years demanded Thursday that NYCHA ensure tenants' apartments get heat...

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More than 9,300 stores closed down in 2019 in what was a dramatic rise from last year
News 2 months ago
More than 9,300 stores closed down in 2019 in what was a dramatic rise from last year

An eye-popping 9,302 stores were reported to have either been shut down or were planned to do so this year by retailers across the nation,...

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So, you’re one of NYC’s worst landlords
News 2 months ago
So, you’re one of NYC’s worst landlords

In fairness, it looks like you did it to yourself, by failing to live up to the most basic responsibilities of being a landlord - of being a...

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