Applying for rent relief, appreciating basement space, & more

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

Staff Writer

Austin Havens-Bowen covers the rental market. 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. 


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