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Millennials most likely to go over budget on NYC housing: Report

It’s hard to find a New York City apartment that’s in your budget — and apparently, a lot of New Yorkers don’t. Nearly one-third of New Yorkers go over their initial budget when it comes to housing costs, according to a new study by StreetEasy, and millennials are the worst...

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 10:01am

NYCHA training residents to be leaders in community — and beyond?

With 326 developments and more than 400,000 residents across the city, the New York City Housing Authority serves a large number of New Yorkers, but often, public housing is overshadowed by the city’s other for-the-public facilities like transit, parks, education and art. That’s why,...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 11:24am

Boston-area mayors come together to address housing crisis

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone and other local leaders are partnering up to address the housing shortage amid growth in the Greater Boston area’s population. The Metropolitan Mayors Coalition of Greater Boston, made up of 14 representatives from local cities and...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 11:36am

These are the worst landlords in New York City

Living in New York City isn’t always glamorous, and for some tenants at the mercy of bad landlords, living conditions can be downright dangerous and disgusting. Public Advocate Letitia James released her 2017 Worst Landlords Watchlist, an annual database of the worst landlords in New York...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 12:17pm

Florida man fighting to keep emotional support squirrel

A Florida man must choose between his emotional support squirrel or his home. Ryan Boylan of Clearwater Beach received a notice from his condo association saying the squirrel has to go. Boylan said he saved the squirrel, Brutis, during Hurricane Matthew and the two have become inseparable. "...

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 9:06pm

On-time rent payments should count towards credit scores: Comptroller

City Comptroller Scott Stringer unveiled a plan on Monday that would allow renters in New York City to count on-time, monthly payments toward their credit score. While homeowners who punctually pay a mortgage can boost their credit, renters currently cannot count on-time payments in the same...

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 5:12pm

This is the only neighborhood in NYC where it doesn't make financial sense to get a roommate

It’s no secret that the average rent in NYC is, well, a tall order — Empire State Building tall, not Starbucks size small tall. Instead of listening to your friend’s tips on easy ways to save money — like making your own coffee instead of buying it and setting zero spending...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 9:02am

461 Dean, world’s first modular residential building, opens in Brooklyn

461 Dean is full of firsts. The 32-story residential tower is the first modular, or sectional prefabricated, high-rise in the world. It’s also the first apartment building to open in Pacific Park Brooklyn, a 22-acre mixed-use community that links Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Park Slope and...

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 9:42am

Boston faces many barriers to new apartment construction: Report

Demand for new apartments is on the rise as people — young professionals, couples, families and empty nesters all included — continue to flock to cities. In Boston alone, the city needs another approximately 66,000 housing units by 2030 to keep up with the growing population, according...

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 2:32pm

Foreclosure prevention programs face budget crunch

Leon Keith nearly lost his three-family home in the Bronx in 2012, after becoming ensnared in a high-profile Ponzi scheme.He credits the foreclosure prevention services operated by the Legal Aid Society helping him in court and in obtaining a loan modification that enabled him to pay his mortgage....

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 5:00am

City to phase out link to operator of shelter where 2 babies died

New York City is cutting ties to a nonprofit group that sheltered homeless people in hotels and cluster residences – including the building where two children died in December after a radiator burst and scalded them.The city’s Department of Homeless Services announced Thursday phase out its use of...

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 5:16pm

City will guarantee legal aid to low-income New Yorkers facing eviction

Funding just doubled for the city’s well-supported “right to counsel” initiative, turning the free legal aid pilot program into a full-fledged city service, Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Councilmembers announced Sunday.Low-income tenants who earn up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level are...

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 1:12am

Aw rats! Philly, Boston, New York most vermin-infested cities

Ever been curious as to just how many of of those pesky, disease-filled rats are running around beneath your floorboards?Well, apparently Uncle Sam had the same question.Every two years the Census conducts the American Housing Survey, gathering statistics that paint a broad picture of housing in...

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 4:25pm

Walsh bills take aim at gentrification

Housing prices are up 44 percent from a decade ago and as economists debate whether Boston is headed for another housing bubble, soaring rents and sale prices are making some rich while leaving others scraping to get by.The median home value in Boston is $522,600, up 9.4 percent in just the last...

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 7:56pm

Five big-league NYC landlords slapped with discrimination charges

The city is charging five bigNew York City landlords and brokers with discrimination based on findings from an extensiveyear-long undercover investigation.On Tuesday, the New York City Commission on Human Rights announced a list of landlords and brokerage firms —whichin total operate 20,000housing...

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 5:00am

Owner of Bronx building where 2 toddlers died was on pol's ‘100 Worst Landlords’ list

Two young sisters who died after a radiator exploded in their Bronx apartment Wednesday lived in a building owned by one of the New York City's worst landlords, Public Advocate Letitia James said Thursday.Moshe Piller owns the six-story building at 720 Hunts Point Ave. where Scylee Vayhoh Ambrose,...

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 6:09pm

Trump taps Ben Carson for HUD secretary

President-elect Donald Trump's former rival in the presidential race has been nominated as the next secretary of Housing and Urban Development, his transition team announced Monday.Ben Carson, a retired surgeon, will lead the federal agency that oversees home mortgage lending and enforces fair...

Monday, December 5, 2016 - 5:58pm

Old-school charm meets community haven at PS 186 in Harlem

For decades, PS 186 in Harlem stood as a neighborhood blemish, a once beautiful building ravaged by time and the elements, with crumbling walls and trees growing inside.“I used to walk on this block and not walk on this side,” longtime neighborhood resident Dominique R. Jones told Metro, referring...

Monday, November 14, 2016 - 3:30pm

Housing crunch shrinks as city’s first micro-unit building opens

New Yorkers having been living in small spaces long before the popularity of HGTV shows like “Tiny House Hunters.”But a new batch of residents can teach even the most seasoned of small-apartment dwellers a thing or two as the city’s first micro-unit apartment opened in Kips Bay on Thursday, the New...

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 5:01pm

Critics say scrapped shelter plan exemplifies failed homeless policy

Yielding to unwavering community pressure from Queens residents, the city has given up on its plan to convert a Holiday Inn Express Hotel in Maspeth into a homeless shelter.The battle over the hotel underscores the city’s daunting challenge of finding shelter for homeless people, a problem that has...

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 2:30pm