Housing

Policy

NYC’s basement apartment pilot draws only 5 participants

A program to bring some illegal basement apartments up to code has demonstrated the financial and regulatory hurdles to conversions – a setback for the mayor and governor’s housing agendas.

Opinion

Opinion

Opinion: Thousands of NYCHA tenants forgotten under Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Residents in public housing deserve the same relief that millions of renters received across the state, but instead face mass evictions.

Opinion

Opinion

Opinion: New York’s answer to the eviction crisis triggered by COVID-19 needs a successor

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which is set to close its application process Jan. 20, helped renters and landlords alike.

Opinion

Opinion

Opinion: NYC’s residential floor area ratio cap must go

Restricting building density isn’t helping to speed up housing production.

Policy

Policy

Zoning fights may become political liabilities in upcoming 2023 NYC Council primaries

Everyone is talking about building new housing. With rezonings under the microscope, will development sway City Council elections?

Opinion

Opinion

Opinion: New York finally has momentum on housing and it’s time for a breakthrough

We need a comprehensive statewide strategy that sets clear expectations for where and how much we need to build.

New York City

Policy

Adrienne Adams makes her own bid for building new affordable housing

Following proposals made by Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams, the City Council Speaker unveiled her own complementary plan that prioritized equity, while still pushing for new units.

Heard Around Town

Policy

Office to residential conversions – again – a focus of Adams and Hochul

The governor also previewed a goal of 800,000 new housing units over the next decade, presenting a united front with the mayor

New York City

Policy

City & State summit seeks solutions to unfolding affordable housing crisis

Key issues addressed were increasing housing supply, rezoning and the city’s response to future tax exemption plans.

New York City

Policy

How NYC’s Code Blue emergency notice aims to protect homeless people

When temperatures drop, the city tries to eliminate barriers to sheltering people – but advocates worry about police involvement.

Policy

Opinion

Opinion: ULURP shouldn’t be taken for granted

New York City Council Members should have the goal of saying “yes” to developers going through the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure and affordable housing is at stake.

Policy

Policy

Evictions slowly ramp up after COVID-19

They’re nowhere at pre-pandemic levels, but a small but steady rise since January may portend a new crisis.

New York City

Policy

A timeline of the water testing fiasco at the Jacob Riis Houses

City Hall said Saturday that test results that showed arsenic in the water – and left residents without water for eight days – were inaccurate.

New York City

Policy

A timeline of arsenic contamination at the Jacob Riis public housing complex

It’s still unclear when New York City Housing Authority officials knew of the water conditions and why they didn’t inform residents sooner.

New York City

Policy

New York City’s real estate subsidy program is dead. What should a revived version look like?

Should developers get a shorter tax exemption period? Be made to offer more deeply affordable units? These details will determine if the 421-a program reemerges.

New York City

Politics

YIMBY group targets local council member on Bronx rezoning

A new ad campaign from Open New York calls on Council Member Marjorie Velázquez to support the controversial rezoning in Throggs Neck.

Housing

Policy

Could NYCHA really fall into private hands?

Officials supporting a new public housing trust to fund billions in repairs say no, but the law says yes.

Housing

Policy

Can Adams’ citywide affordable housing plan finally tear down the NIMBY wall?

When deeply affordable housing is proposed for neighborhoods other than the poorest, locals shout it down. Is the city ready to plow over the outrage?

Housing

Policy

Why are rent stabilized tenants getting rent hikes?

New York City has a housing affordability crisis. So why are 2 million rent stabilized tenants getting a rent increase?

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