Why talking about costs is taboo, NYC’s housing plan misses mark, & more

By Jennifer White Karp  |
December 20, 2021 - 10:30AM

Public Advocate Jumaane Williams finds Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable housing initiative didn’t meet expectations (Bloomberg)

The use of love letters to sellers increases during the pandemic real estate boom but these entreaties can invite housing discrimination (The New York Times)

A look at why Americans think asking an owner how much they spent on a kitchen renovation is considered inappropriate (The New York Times)

Alleged construction defects and a $250 million lawsuit are not scaring away luxury buyers at 432 Park Ave. (The Real Deal)

The City Council unanimously passes rezoning for a $1 billion Williamsburg waterfront complex with thousands of apartments (New York Post)

The Department of City Planning releases a 10-year plan for the city’s waterfront to create more equitable access to recreation and housing that is affordable and resilient (press release)


Jennifer White Karp

Managing Editor

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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