Momentum builds for May 1 rent strike, NYC beaches may stay closed, & more

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
April 16, 2020 - 10:30AM

A New York City Housing Court judge made it very clear that eviction cases can not proceed during the pandemic (The Real Deal) 

Tenants and housing advocates are organizing a large-scale housing strike for May 1 (press release)

Starting Saturday, New Yorkers will be required to wear face masks in public where social distancing is not possible (The New York Times) 

The city's beaches may close through the summer to prevent the spread of Covid-19 (Curbed) 

More than 900 public hospital employees have tested positive for coronavirus (The City) 

The MTA has agreed to pay $500,000 to the families of their employees who have died from Covid-19 (Gothamist) 


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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