Applying for rent relief, appreciating basement space, & more

Applying for rent relief, appreciating basement space, & more

Austin Havens-Bowen
By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
May 5, 2021 - 10:30AM

New York City renters will have to request rent relief that goes directly to their landlord when federal aid is released this month (The Real Deal)

Basements are having their moment in the pandemic and some owners are doing elaborate renovations to make better use of the extra space (The New York Times)

The Landmarks Preservation Commission approved plans to improve South Street Seaport, including the addition of affordable housing (amNewYork)

New York City public schools added Juneteenth as a holiday and changed Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day (Gothamist)

An affordable apartment lottery opened for six apartments in Long Island City. Rent starts at $2,125 for a one bedroom (New York Yimby)

A free webinar explains how to comply with Local Law 97, which will cap emissions from buildings larger than 25,000 square feet beginning in 2024 (press release) 


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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