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  1. housing

    Trump HUD Cuts Target Public Housing Fixes and Apartment Vouchers

    Local Congressional leaders assail planned budget slashing, which come as NYCHA battles mold and lead, and city grapples with housing crisis.

    housing

  2. housing

    Eviction Drop Fuels Push to Expand Free Housing Help for Low-Income NYC Tenants

    Citywide eviction rate fell 18% over the last two years — credited, in part, to the Right to Counsel law. City Council mulls increasing eligibility.

    housing

  3. housing

    Landlord of Crumbling Bronx Buildings Owes City $12.6M

    The city’s freezing of the Third Party Transfer program — which would let a new owner take over — has complicated things, tenant advocates say.

    housing

  4. gnawing problem

    NYCHA Conducting Its Own 2020 Census — of Rats, Mice and Roaches

    The New York City Housing Authority has quietly started a campaign to tally the number of vermin in 320 developments across the five boroughs.

    gnawing problem

  5. homelessness

    City Red-Flagged Failed Homeless Hotel Firm Before Awarding $359M Deal

    The city awarded a Queens nonprofit a nine-figure contract — even after serious management issues emerged. Now the outfit is under receivership.

    homelessness

  6. cottage industry

    Tiny House Was No Small Feat for Manhattan Man

    After building a $50,000, 300-square foot home in Queens, Tom Saat is among the crowd who says thinking small could help cure NYC’s housing crisis.

    cottage industry

  7. a new lease

    Renters Don’t Have to Pay Brokers’ Fees Anymore. Here’s What You Need to Know

    Apartment hunters have reason to rejoice over a new state finding eliminating fees for prospective tenants. Have questions? We have some answers…

    a new lease

  8. double take

    NYCHA Monitor, Mold Protections Vanish for Tenants Under Private Management

    As homes to thousands enter the RAD program, crucial court and monitor oversight of everything from repairs to health woes in public housing ceases.

    double take

  9. below market

    De Blasio’s Tiny Houses Plan for Apartments in Basements, Garages and Backyards

    City Hall’s plan would offer $150 million in low-interest loans to boost affordable housing and ease homeowner burdens by legalizing the dwellings.

    below market

  10. public housing

    City Hall Ignores Comptroller’s Rejection of NYCHA Monitor Bill

    After the comptroller rejected the monitor’s $12M contract, the de Blasio administration rejected his authority to examine millions in invoices.

    public housing

  11. homelessness

    A Long Line of Red Flags Trailed Embattled Homeless Operator

    The city filed a court complaint Wednesday against Childrens Community Services, alleging massive fraud. But warning signs emerged in 2015.

    homelessness

  12. public housing

    Stringer Bounces NYCHA’s $12 Million Federal Monitor Deal

    Comptroller rejects contract with Bart Schwartz and his firm — citing cost concerns along with THE CITY’s reporting on past ties and billing issues.

    public housing

  13. nycha

    HUD Secretary Carson Claims Fewer ‘Horrible Things’ in NYC Public Housing

    The housing boss argued there’s been “substantial improvement” at NYCHA — even as tab to fix the ailing home to 400k New Yorkers rises to $42 billion.

    nycha

  14. public housing

    Contractor Guilty of Wage Theft Was Also NYCHA No-Bid King

    A review by THE CITY reveals that in 2018 alone, SAC Restoration received 29 separate no-bid contracts totaling more than $141,000.

    public housing

  15. housing

    NYCHA’s New Year’s Gift for Jilted Wife: An Eviction Notice

    A Gowanus Houses mother of two battles effort to eject her family from their Brooklyn home over back rent allegedly owed by her ex-husband, an ex-cop.

    housing

  16. mob rule

    How Allegedly Mafia-Linked Firm Helped Build Affordable Bronx Apartments

    A new taxpayer-subsidized building in Mayor de Blasio’s housing push used a contractor prosecutors say is tied to Gambino crime family.

    mob rule

  17. where are they now?

    Catching Up With New Yorkers You Met in THE CITY

    Here’s the latest on some folks who lived tales of hope, adversity and change during an eventful 2019. They have more stories to tell.

    where are they now?

  18. top tips

    New Yorkers Shared News Tips With Us. Here’s How We Responded

    Listening to our readers is a big part of what THE CITY does. Here are some stories that came through the tip line in 2019.

    top tips

  19. housing

    De Blasio Turns Corner to Put Street Homeless on Fast Track to Homes

    Commitment to place 2,000 people in “safe havens” and apartments comes amid resistance to stays in strict and sometimes dangerous shelters.

    housing

  20. public housing

    City Spends $3M for Public Housing Authority Advice It Already Paid $10M For

    A consulting firm’s report calling for an overhaul of NYCHA management echoes a 2012 document produced by another company, THE CITY’s review found.

    public housing

  21. losing streak

    Another ‘Worst Landlord’ Nod for Troubled Housing Group

    Tenants and contractor say Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corp. owes them big money as it sells buildings through bankruptcy.

    losing streak

  22. the bloomberg way

    How NYCHA Lead and Repairs Scams Started Under Mike Bloomberg’s Mayoral Watch

    The former mayor, now running for president, never publicly questioned nearly 200K logged public housing fixes prosecutors later found never happened.

    the bloomberg way

  23. housing

    Tenants Sue for Repairs at Embattled East Side Public Housing Complexes

    Residents of the Holmes and Isaacs Towers in Yorkville want a judge to correct “years of neglect,” while NYCHA mulls selling air rights to raise cash.

    housing

  24. housing

    Seniors Fight Homeless Charity Pushing Them Out on Street

    Council Speaker Corey Johnson and others vow to aid elderly in the Hell’s Kitchen residence run by a nonprofit tied to pet food magnate Leonard Stern.

    housing

  25. housing

    Manhattan Seniors Pushed Out as Building Goes Up for Sale

    Amid a housing crisis for elderly New Yorkers, reps for The Riverview in Hell’s Kitchen says it couldn’t find seniors to fill the 80-unit building.

    housing

  26. house hunting

    Housing Bias Fight Carries on Case by Case While Citywide Response Waits

    “Where We Live NYC” project to fight racial and other discrimination approaches its second anniversary, while results are still under wraps.

    house hunting

  27. falling down

    NYCHA Playgrounds Languish in Disrepair While Funds Go Unspent

    At least 22 public housing playgrounds are slated for an overhaul, but the Housing Authority has given little sign of when the work will be completed.

    falling down

  28. adrift

    Homeless Youth Age Into Adulthood Still Waiting for Housing Aid Promised in 2017

    Most young adults must leave youth shelters when they turn 21, yet are still denied promised vouchers to help them pay for their own apartments.

    adrift

  29. public housing

    NYCHA Monitor’s $12 Million Budget Includes His $600-an-Hour Pay

    Deal to oversee housing reform will cost taxpayers at least $60m over five years. Even with a pay cap, the monitor will out-earn de Blasio and Cuomo.

    public housing

  30. rail concern

    Anti-Amazon Pols Signal Concerns Over Sunnyside Yards Plans

    Fighting EDC again, a coalition that includes Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rails against another Queens “mega-project” a neighborhood over from LIC.

    rail concern

  31. curb appeal

    Landlord Looks to Supreme Court in Downtown Rent Overcharge Fight

    Lawyers for Clipper Equity have asked the high court to review a June ruling by the NYS Court of Appeals, which found tenants were due rebates.

    curb appeal

  32. nycha

    Public Housing Workers Tried to Fool the Feds on Building Repairs

    Three NYCHA staffers have been suspended for allegedly tricking HUD inspectors by falsely claiming fixes had been completed, THE CITY has learned.

    nycha

  33. housing

    From Shelter to Home to Street: One Man’s Homeless Struggle

    Karim Walker counted as a success story when he moved into permanent housing. Now, he’s living in the subways. Can de Blasio’s new Outreach NYC help?

    housing

  34. human rights

    Landlords Ghost Apartment Hunters When Housing Vouchers Come Up

    It’s against the law to discriminate against a tenant who relies on government funds. That doesn’t stop some brokers from pulling a vanishing act.

    human rights

  35. special report

    How Shelter Chaos Drives Many Homeless to Live on Streets and in Subways

    NYC’s biggest shelter is plagued by violence — often carried out by repeat offenders who remain in the system, a trove of incident reports reveals.

    special report

  36. tps

    Some New Yorkers Live on Borrowed Time While Awaiting Immigration Program’s Fate

    Trump efforts to end Temporary Protected Status for some countries leave 15,000 city residents looking for a Plan B to stay in the U.S. legally.

    tps

  37. unwelcome mat

    Queens Homeless Shelter Foes Make Last-Ditch Efforts to Stop Project

    A City Council member and local opponents to planned a shelter for homeless men in a former factory site in Glendale call for probe, plan lawsuit.

    unwelcome mat

  38. public housing

    ‘Shoddy Work’ by No-Bid Contractors Now a Target for NYCHA’s Federal Monitor

    Weeks after a special report by THE CITY on costly unsupervised construction jobs, the Housing Authority is put on notice to clean up its act.

    public housing

  39. special report

    NYCHA’s Post-Sandy Rebuild Mired in Delays and Dubious Contracts

    Red Hook and Riis houses residents live in construction mazes while most damaged complexes are still awaiting repairs seven years after the storm.

    special report

  40. unexpected development

    Troubled Nonprofit Gets Payout in Flip of Bed-Stuy Landmark to Upscale Developer

    City deed restriction removal paved the way for a court-ordered $12 million sale of a historic building supposed to be used for “youth development.”

    unexpected development

  41. justice

    New York’s Most Desperate Caught Up in ‘Crimes of Poverty’

    Thousands of people are arrested on petit larceny charges every year in New York City. Their fates can depend on who’s doing the prosecuting.

    justice

  42. burning questions

    Film Probes Causes, Legacy of South Bronx Fires

    While The Bronx is no longer burning, it’s simmering with political activity. A new documentary looks at the ongoing impact of the 1970s blazes.

    burning questions

  43. cashing in

    Opportunity Zone Boosts Bids for Hot Bronx Property

     Developers bet on reaping big rewards for pouring dollars into a quickly gentrifying strip in Port Morris, thanks to a federal tax credit.

    cashing in

  44. waiting game

    Tenants Hire Contractors to Help Back Rent Overcharge Claims

    New rent law could mean bigger payouts for those who seek a second opinion on landlords’ claims about the cost of apartment renovations.

    waiting game

  45. off the books

    Proposal for ‘5Pointz Towers’ Library May Have Sad Ending

    Queens library officials signal interest in community board’s 11th-hour demand, but the developer of the old graffiti art site isn’t on the same page.

    off the books

  46. nowhere to go

    Homeless Seek an Elusive Safe Refuge in the Subways

    The slayings of four men underscored the fears of vulnerable New Yorkers who avoid city streets and shelters. But life underground is getting tougher.

    nowhere to go

  47. community organizing

    Bangladeshi New Yorkers Form Their First Tenant Union

    Seeking strength in numbers, Queens tenants who trace their heritage to the south Asian nation band to challenge exploitative landlords.

    community organizing

  48. public housing

    Federal Housing Official Says Fraud Charges Building Over NYCHA No-Bid Contracts

    HUD’s Lynne Patton declared that “fraud charges are forthcoming” in the wake of THE CITY’s reporting on $250 million in spending on “micro purchases.”

    public housing

  49. special report

    NYCHA’s $250 Million No-Bid — and Sometimes No-Work — Repair Jobs

    One contractor has pocketed nearly $2 million — including for labor investigators say apparently was performed by Housing Authority employees.

    special report

  50. new lease

    Lower Manhattan Tenants Sue for Refunds Over Landlord Tax Break Abuse

    Residents claim 10 Hanover Square owner overcharged them while reaping lucrative benefits. They’re among thousands who may be due years of back rent.

    new lease

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