NYPD to enforce social distancing, MTA seeks $4 billion in relief, & more

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
March 24, 2020 - 10:30AM

The NYPD will now enforce social distancing by breaking up large crowds and checking in on essential businesses (Newsday)

Here's how to access unemployment and other government benefits during the Covid-19 pandemic (Gothamist) 

Governor Cuomo and city officials want to close some city streets to vehicles to create safe areas for social distancing (Bklyner)

The MTA is seeking $4 billion in federal relief because ridership has decreased by 66 percent over a seven-day period (The City) 

Community gardens have closed to the public and are only accessible to members for mandatory maintenance as part of the state's 'PAUSE' order (Gothamist) 

An affordable housing lottery opened for 10 apartments in East New York, with rent starting at $783 for one bedrooms (Brownstoner) 



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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