Tackling the city's lead problem, measuring community board diversity, & more

Austin Havens-Bowen
By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
February 12, 2020 - 11:00AM

Mayor de Blasio signed five bills to address the problem of lead paint, four of which target landlords (The Real Deal)

Recent surveys point to a lack of diversity among Manhattan's 12 community boards (The City)

An affordable housing lottery has opened for 176 apartments in Brownsville, with rent starting at $367 for a studio (Brownstoner) 

A French Tudor house in Forest Hills Gardens, once owned by the family of actor Humphrey Bogart, is on the market for $4 million (Patch)

The City Council launched a contest for the redesign of the overcrowded Brooklyn Bridge walkway (Gothamist)

The Department of Sanitation is distributing 100,000 free, reusable bags ahead of the plastic bag ban that starts March 1st (

Austin Havens-Bowen

Austin Havens-Bowen


Austin Havens-Bowen is a writer and reporter. He previously covered 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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