Controversial landlord has to pay $3M, house made of 21 shipping containers for sale, & more

By Jennifer White Karp  |
June 21, 2019 - 11:00AM

Landlord Raphael Toledano has to pay a $3 million settlement after an investigation found that he harassed tenants and violated rent-stabilization laws (The Real Deal)

You can buy a four-bedroom house in Williamsburg made of 21 shipping containers for $5.5 million (Curbed)

The city filed a lawsuit against 13 people for converting 36 buildings in Astoria into illegal hotels using Airbnb,, and (Queens Crap)

The $1.18 billion redevelopment plan for the Belmont Park racetrack in Queens includes a new hockey arena for the Islanders, a 250-room hotel, and a retail complex (

Forty-five mostly studio apartments in Bedford Park, the Bronx, are available starting at $883 through a new housing lottery (StreetEasy Blog via HousingConnect)

Is there potential for high-end Brooklyn rentals to become the next subprime mortgage crisis? (Brownstoner)



Jennifer White Karp

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Jennifer steers Brick Underground’s editorial coverage of New York City residential real estate and writes articles on market trends and strategies for buyers, sellers, and renters. Jennifer’s 15-year career in New York City real estate journalism includes stints as a writer and editor at The Real Deal and its spinoff publication, Luxury Listings NYC.

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