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No Heat, Bathroom Mushrooms, Bees in the Wall: Life Under One of NYC’s Most ‘Egregiously Negligent’ Landlords

“How is it possible that a city, a system, allows landlords to profit from their bad behavior?"

January 13, 2023

‘It’s Dangerous To Sign A Full-Time Lease’: These Airbnb Hosts Don’t Want People Living in Their NYC Apartments

If being a landlord is a job, operating an Airbnb represents a significant promotion, one that hosts are reluctant to give up.

January 12, 2023

‘My Water Smells and Tastes Like Poop’: Tenants of NYCHA’s Riis Houses Reveal Ongoing Squalid Conditions

Riis residents have been living with discolored water, leaks, gas outages, mold, and vermin for months.

December 11, 2022

New York’s Suburbs Now Have Better Transit. So How About Some More Housing?

Billions of dollars have gone to make a commute to NYC from its suburbs easier. Will Long Island and Westchester hold up their end of the bargain?

October 27, 2022

The Fight for Real Estate Crumbs at Innovation QNS

While New Yorkers battle over affordable housing, the real winners are the developers behind the massive redevelopment project.

October 20, 2022

Where Are the Free Housing Attorneys NYC Promised to Tenants Facing Eviction?

As evictions ramp up, housing court officials aren’t waiting for people to get attorneys.

October 17, 2022

June Homes ‘Reinvents’ Having a Roommate and It Sounds Less Than Ideal

The company promises to help landlords the tech-startup way: with surge pricing and an app.

October 14, 2022

One Weird Trick to Forget About the Housing Crisis

The solutions to the housing crisis are not as sexy as the problem, and the problem is the overwhelming power and weight of wealth. The problem is our desire for the problem: to see it, to touch it, and perhaps one day to inhabit it.

Want a Rent-Regulated Apartment? Pay This Broker $10,000

Brokers are capitalizing on an already exploitative rental market, and in the process are effectively destroying the few rent protections we have.

June 9, 2022