The rules that govern access to NYC roofs, a guide to the city's smaller islands, & more

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Why some buildings ban residents from using the roof and other buildings allow access (StreetEasy Blog)

Exploring the lesser-known islands of New York City (New York Magazine)

A crumbling storefront at 435 Tompkins Ave. in Bed Stuy has been demolished to make way for a new building with 40 apartments (Brownstoner)

The Bronx’s Soundview ferry service cut the commute to Downtown Manhattan from 90 to just over 30 minutes (welcome2thebronx) 

A new housing lottery opened for nine apartments at a building on the Lower East Side with a roof deck, laundry room, and package room (Curbed via NYC Housing Connect)

Berkeley, CA, tops a new report from of college towns with the highest and lowest rents. The average rent for a one bedroom there is $2,918 (press release)