Cheap basement apartments, Black inspectors sue the DOB, & more

By Jennifer White Karp  |
December 3, 2021 - 10:30AM

As rents in the city continue to rise, New Yorkers turn to cheap basement apartments, despite their many dangers (New York Post)

Black building inspectors sue the Department of Buildings, alleging widespread racial and disability discrimination (amny)

The new, conforming loan limit for mortgages that can be acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for high-cost areas like New York City will be capped at $970,800 (Mortgage News Daily)

How to make the most of the storage space in a tiny kitchen (Architectural Digest)

For the first time, Governors Island will be open to the public throughout the winter, with sledding, ice skating, and more winter activities (Gothamist)


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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