Thousands apply for rent relief, upgrading to a nicer place, & more

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
June 2, 2021 - 10:30AM

Despite technical glitches, more than 7,000 New Yorkers applied for pandemic rent relief during the program's first four hours (City Limits)

Renters across NYC are taking advantage of low rents and high inventory to upgrade to a nicer place (New York Post)

New York City is the second-least affordable housing market out of the 100 most populous U.S. cities according to a new RealtyHop report (press release) 

According to a new WalletHub report, New York City is the 75th best place to raise a family in the U.S.—but it has the most playgrounds based on population (press release) 

NYC's senior centers will reopen with in-person programming on June 14th (amNewYork)

An affordable housing lottery opened for 12 apartments in Bushwick. Rent starts at $1,850 for a one bedroom (New York YIMBY)


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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