New buildings must be 'bird-friendly,' NYC sued over affordable housing scam, & more

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
December 11, 2019 - 11:00AM

A bill that would codify "bird-friendly" building facades was approved by a City Council committee on Monday (The City)

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said the idea of Staten Island succeeding from NYC would be a "travesty," but he's open to considering it (The New York Post)

Cobble Hill residents are speaking out against three construction sites by the former site of Long Island College Hospital for causing traffic nightmares (Brooklyn Paper)

Adam Neumann, former CEO of WeWork, may be offloading one of the four apartments he owns in a single building on Irving Place (The Real Deal)

The city and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development are being sued for an affordable housing scam (Daily News)

Developers have released renderings of an all-electric skyscraper set to be included in Boerum Hill's 80 Flatbush mega-project (Brooklyn Paper)



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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