Trump's Opportunity Zone program under fire, Hillary Swank's former townhouse asks $11M, & more

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
January 17, 2020 - 11:00AM

President Trump's Opportunity Zone program, which offers tax breaks to boost investment in low-income communities, is under investigation for diverting funds to luxury projects (The Real Deal)

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Benjamin Carson claims more money is not the answer to NYCHA's problems, despite the need for $42 billion in repairs (amNew York)

Riders of the 7 train heard subway announcements and general etiquette lessons from Queens native and Golden Globe winner Awkwafina, part of the MTA's new ad program (Gothamist)

A four-story Greenwich Village townhouse once owned by Hillary Swank is on the market for $11 million (Curbed)

Worried that your unorthodox bagel order might get you exiled from NYC? Here's how to order like you just don't care (New York Magazine)

MoMA and the MTA partnered on an installation at the Fifth Avenue-53rd Street station that celebrates the role graphic design plays in navigating the city (Curbed)


Austin Havens-Bowen

Staff Writer

Staff writer Austin Havens-Bowen covers the rental market and answers renters' questions in a column called Realty Bites. He previously reported on local news for the Queens Ledger and The Hunts Point Express in the Bronx. He graduated from Hunter College with a BA in media studies. He rents a one-bedroom apartment in Astoria with his boyfriend and their two cats.

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