More affordable Manhattan studios, at-risk NYers advised to stay home, & more

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
December 2, 2020 - 11:30AM

With rents down for Manhattan studio apartments, living without roommates is something renters on a budget can afford (Bloomberg)

After several fatal fires in the city, the City Council is considering a bill that would require many buildings to install sprinklers in every apartment (The Real Deal)

City Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi says elderly and high-risk New Yorkers should stay home as Covid-19 cases surge across NYC (CBS New York)

Crown Heights tenants are on a rent strike to protest the worsening condition of their building. Their landlord responded by trying to evict them (Curbed)

More than 1,700 NYCHA apartments are being renovated in order to be converted into permanent housing for low-income New Yorkers (amNewYork)

An affordable apartment lottery opened for eight apartments in Williamsburg. Rent starts at $2,228 for a studio (Brownstoner)


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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