Spike in tenant hardship requests, record-breaking Astoria condo sale, & more

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
March 17, 2021 - 10:30AM

New York City housing courts received a nearly 1,000 percent increase in hardship forms from tenants seeking to pause or prevent eviction cases until May 1st (Queens Eagle)

Landlords are seeking evictions nearly four times more often in the neighborhoods hit hardest by the pandemic (The New York Times

A condo sale at The Rowan in Astoria for $1,699,000 broke a new record for the neighborhood (press release)

Shakespeare In The Park will return to Central Park in July after being canceled last summer due to Covid (Gothamist)

An affordable apartment lottery opened for six apartments in Bed-Stuy. Rent starts at $2,245 (Brownstoner)

After federal review, the $2,000,000 LaGuardia AirTrain project is moving forward (


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.

Brick Underground articles occasionally include the expertise of, or information about, advertising partners when relevant to the story. We will never promote an advertiser's product without making the relationship clear to our readers.