Activists demand billions for public housing, mega development proposed for East New York, & more

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
February 5, 2020 - 11:00AM

The DOB's crackdown on illegal apartments is at odds with the city's efforts to ensure that every New Yorker is counted in the 2020 Census (The City)

Activists and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson are demanding billions after Governor Cuomo left out extra funding for public housing in the 2021 budget (

A privately-owned escalator at the Lexington Avenue-53rd Street station has been down for over a year and isn't expected to resume service until the end of September (Patch) 

An 11-acre development has been proposed in East New York, with 2,100 income-based apartments, retail space, a school, and park (Curbed)

An affordable housing lottery has opened for 121 apartments on the Lower East Side, with rent starting at $562 for a studio (The Lo-Down)

Flushing took the top spot for the NYC neighborhoods with the highest number of residential sales in the last decade, according to a new Property Club report (press release)


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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