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  1. need to know

    April’s Rent Is Due But I’ve Lost Income. What Are My Options?

    New York has an eviction moratorium, but what does that mean for paying rent? And what’s this talk about a freeze? Here’s what tenants need to know.

    need to know

  2. faq

    New Yorkers’ Coronavirus Questions, Answered by THE CITY

    Do I have to pay rent? Are homemade masks helpful? What’s up with the federal stimulus? We tackle readers’ questions on getting through the pandemic.

    faq

  3. health

    Coronavirus in NYC: Resources You Need to Know

    Here’s our guide to resources for dealing with the coronavirus crisis. This page will update regularly — and your suggestions are welcome.

    health

  4. housing

    Courts Offer Chance to Delay Eviction and Other Cases Over Illness

    New Yorkers will be able to request deferments due to “flu-like symptoms” or possible coronavirus exposure starting Friday, court officials said.

    housing

  5. justice

    Evictions and Trials Halted While Courts Defend Against Coronavirus

    Meanwhile, two community courthouses are being eyed as NYPD holding centers for arrested people suspected of having the COVID-19 illness.

    justice

  6. homelessness

    No Hand Sanitizer for Homeless Living on Streets, Even as Virus Spreads

    Advocates call on the city to stop discouraging its outreach workers from distributing sanitary items to people living on sidewalks and subways.

    homelessness

  7. public housing

    NYCHA Spending Details Go Public on Contracts website, Long After Other Agencies

    Comptroller Scott Stringer announces deal to put billions in spending info on Checkbook NYC. The move comes after THE CITY exposed no-bid contracts.

    public housing

  8. off key

    Owners of Chelsea Hotel Harassed Tenants During Renovations, NYC Alleges

    Landlords at the cultural landmark asked the city for permission to continue work that tenants say is causing dangerous conditions inside.

    off key

  9. housing

    Hotel Shelter Operator Stiffed Homeless Families on Toilet Paper and Microwaves

    New filing submitted by a court-appointed receiver finds a host of failings at Childrens Community Services — including a 55% staff turnover rate.

    housing

  10. housing

    Harried East New York Homeowners Seek Ban on House Flippers

    Speculators’ rampant solicitations spur push for so-called cease-and-desist protection for the Brooklyn neighborhood. A hearing is set for this week.

    housing

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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?

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. 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

  35. 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

  36. 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

  37. 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

  38. 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

  39. 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

  40. 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

  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. 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

  44. 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

  45. 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

  46. 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

  47. 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

  48. 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

  49. 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

  50. 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

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