NYers urged not to travel, roommates vs. loneliness, & more

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
October 28, 2020 - 10:30AM

Proposed austerity cuts to public transportation would impact commute times of millions of New Yorkers, according to a report by the Riders Alliance (press release)

Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation to the Supreme Court may benefit landlord groups who have filed challenges to last year's changes to the rent laws (The Real Deal) 

Mayor Bill de Blasio urges NYC residents to stay within the state for holidays as Covid-19 cases surge nationwide (Gothamist)

Some New Yorkers are renting bigger apartments with their friends to avoid feeling lonely during the pandemic (The New York Times) 

Hundreds of self-storage units will go to auction in NYC because of unpaid fees (The Real Deal) 

The Department of Buildings has launched an online tool that shares average wait times for services like plan approvals and inspection requests (City Land) 



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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