A West Village roommate nightmare, couples shack up quicker, & more

Austin Havens-Bowen
By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
February 3, 2021 - 10:30AM


Taking it to the next level: Couples moved in faster together in 2020 compared to 2019 as a result of the pandemic, according to a recent Zumper survey (press release) 

Luxury towers like 432 Park Ave. face serious design-related issues like leaks and mechanical problems (The New York Times)

In recent months, public parks have become "people's everything," serving as de facto gyms, classrooms, and an escape from pandemic living (Brooklyn Eagle)

A West Village couple posted an ad for a roommate but what they got was a serial grifter, her daughter, her dog—and hundreds of thousands of debt (Curbed) 

More than a year after a court ordered their landlord to sell several dilapidated Brownsville buildings, tenants are still living without heat (The City) 

An affordable apartment lottery opened for 35 apartments in Chelsea. Rent starts at $995 for a studio (Patch)

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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