Get ready for the F train shutdown, NYCHA sued over 'deplorable' living conditions, & more

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
February 27, 2020 - 11:00AM

What fresh hell is this: The F train tunnel between Manhattan and Brooklyn will be shut down for repairs next year, mostly during nights and weekends (The City)

NYCHA has been hit with a class action lawsuit alleging the agency of creating "deplorable" living conditions for its residents (The Real Deal)

HUD's budget cuts much-needed funding for NYCHA repairs and upgrades (The City)

Sales of apartment buildings declined by 41 percent in 2019, according to a new PropertyShark report (press release)

The City Council has launched Reimagining Brooklyn Bridge, a competition to redesign the overcrowded Brooklyn Bridge walkway (Van Alen Institute) 

A year after withdrawing plans for a campus in Long Island City, Amazon signed a lease for 300,000 square feet of space in Middle Village (




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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