NYC's vacant apartment count, a Hamptons squatter reveals all, & more

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
August 18, 2021 - 10:30AM

Landlords say the city's tally of vacant apartments distorts the numbers to keep the rent-stabilization program in place (The Real Deal)

Residents of Queensbridge Houses sue NYCHA over hazardous conditions including mold, asbestos, and lead paint (press release)

A Hamptons squatter reveals how she lived in luxury for free (New York Post)

The MTA plans to build more ramps to increase accessibility but avoid expensive elevator installations (The City)

New York City's Covid vaccine mandate starts this week but some business owners fear they'll loose customers (amNewYork)

An affordable housing lottery launches for eight apartments in Williamsburg (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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