Tag: Real Estate and Housing (Residential)

When a Great Apartment Plays Cupid

In New York, where apartments tend to be small and good ones hard to come by, real estate often plays an outsize role in romance, speeding along some relationships and straining others as couples juggle the stages of courtship with lease terms and the lure of cheaper rent. At least, it did for Helga Traxler […]

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Live in a Regulated Apartment? New York City Just Decided Your Rent

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] It is a decades-old tradition: A nine-member city board meets once a year in a packed auditorium in Lower Manhattan before a raucous crowd of hundreds of tenants and landlords. Tensions flare. Protesters are sometimes arrested. And the board’s […]

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He’s in Charge of Housing for 11,000 Minnesotans. Can He Handle 400,000 New Yorkers?

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] One chairman resigned in 2008 a few months after a 5-year-old boy fell 10 stories to his death trying to escape a stalled elevator in a Brooklyn housing project. Another chairman resigned in 2013 following reports of mismanagement and […]

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Forget Tanning Beds. College Students Today Want Uber Parking.

The millennial generation attended college in a golden era for student housing, as investors poured money into luxurious off-campus communities packed with resort-style amenities: rooftop pools, golf simulators, tanning beds, climbing walls. The wow factor increased with every new development. Many universities amped up their campus dorms and amenities in an effort to bolster recruitment, […]

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Congrats (or Condolences) on Your New Job: Running the Housing Authority

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] One chairman resigned in 2008 a few months after a 5-year-old boy fell 10 stories to his death trying to escape a stalled elevator in a Brooklyn housing project. Another chairman resigned in 2013 following reports of mismanagement and […]

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Trash-Picking Robots? Park Bench Monitors? Toronto Debates Tech Giant’s Waterfront Plans

Citizens’ groups have challenged it and privacy advocates have wrung their hands, asking whether Toronto was taking its embrace of technology too far by allowing a sibling company of Google to help remake a rundown part of its waterfront. But specifics have been incomplete about the project in the year and half since the company […]

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Moving This Summer? Consider a Hard Hat

Looking to move in New York City? Meet your new neighbors: the demolition crew. Almost 40 percent of listings for sale or rent in New York are less than 525 feet — or roughly one or two city blocks — away from new residential construction, according to an analysis of June listings by Localize.city, a […]

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How New Rent Laws in N.Y. Help All Tenants

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The bulk of the landmark changes to New York’s rent laws last week was aimed at strengthening protections for the 2.4 million people who live in New York City’s rent-regulated apartments, or almost half of the city’s tenants. But […]

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People Are Taking Emotional Support Animals Everywhere. States Are Cracking Down.

A 26-year-old Starbucks barista in the suburbs of Tampa known as Vayne Myers has suffered from anxiety ever since he was a child. A co-worker suggested he try an emotional support animal. So Mr. Myers bought a duck and named it Primadonna. The snow-white bird has worked wonders for his state of mind. “Whenever I […]

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Google Pledges $1 Billion to Ease Bay Area Housing Crisis

SAN FRANCISCO — Google pledged $1 billion worth of land and money on Tuesday to build affordable housing in the San Francisco Bay Area, the latest effort by tech industry leaders to address housing shortages near their headquarters. Sundar Pichai, Google’s chief executive, said in a blog post that the company planned to repurpose at […]

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Rent Laws’ Impact: Tenant Paradise or Return of the ‘Bronx Is Burning’?

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] When a neighborhood landlord named Stephanie Kirnon learned about the far-reaching changes to New York’s rent laws, she grew anxious: How would she afford the $29,000 in repairs to the leaky roof of the 26-unit apartment building she owns […]

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As Downtowns Prosper, Voters Ask Mayors: What About My Neighborhood?

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The resurgence of downtown Kansas City, Mo., radiates from the luxury apartment towers with floor-to-ceiling windows and a rooftop pool. It is visible in the art galleries and clothing boutiques flanking the new 2-mile streetcar line, and in the open-air bar and restaurant promenade that is packed with people when the […]

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Americans Need More Neighbors

Housing is one area of American life where government really is the problem. The United States is suffering from an acute shortage of affordable places to live, particularly in the urban areas where economic opportunity increasingly is concentrated. And perhaps the most important reason is that local governments are preventing construction. Don’t be misled by […]

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New Rent Laws Pass in N.Y.: ‘The Pendulum Is Swinging’ Against Landlords

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] ALBANY — New York lawmakers on Friday passed a sweeping package of rent laws designed to dramatically enhance tenant protections and reshape the state’s housing landscape, after a monthslong battle that galvanized tenant activists and dealt a blow to […]

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How Titans of N.Y. Real Estate Were Trounced in Historic Rent Law Deal

Less than a day after newly emboldened Democratic lawmakers announced bills that would significantly tighten tenant protections, prominent real estate developers got Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on the phone to make a last-ditch plea to persuade him to block the measures. The developers, including Douglas Durst, Richard LeFrak and William C. Rudin, are involved with […]

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