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Luxury building developer Bauhouse Group has performed some New York-style black magic on the residents of Sutton Place, allegedly tricking them into allowing the building of a 90-story luxury high rise in the Upper East Side neighborhood. According to the Daily News, the residents signed away air rights and zoning for what they expected to […]

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New York City is in the middle of an affordable housing crisis. Rent rose 11 percent between 2005 and 2012 and continues to climb. Tens of thousands of people routinely apply for reduced-rent buildings that only have a few hundred units. And Mayor de Blasio’s aggressive plan to create 200,000 extra units of affordable housing […]

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For years, the future of the historic Beaux-Arts Ridgewood Masonic Temple in Bushwick has been a mystery. It was put up for sale in 2010 and was quietly sold in 2014, according to the Brooklyn Eagle, but there was little word on what its new owner would do with it. Well, now we know — […]

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The state’s outdated property valuation system is resulting in the super-rich paying a fraction of the property taxes they should be, the New York Post has learned. To put the inequity into perspective, the Post notes that “the buyer of the most expensive apartment ever sold – a $100 million duplex overlooking Central Park — […]

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In NYC, landlords have all the power. The mysterious figures behind official-sounding organizations and LLCs that you send your rent check to can turn out to be little less than crooks, yet it’s so hard to find out information about them unless they’re among the 100 worst landlords in the city. A new website called […]

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When facing accusations of potentially illegal activity from New York City officials in January, Airbnb defended itself by arguing that a majority of users rent apartments on occasion. The roomsharing service didn’t present any data at the time, but now community activist Murray Cox has scraped data from Airbnb’s site and put together an interactive […]

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A penthouse at the top of 10 Gracie Square. Ben Wellington, the intrepid data quantifier/visualizer of I Quant NY, has merged publicly accessible information from the MTA Subway Station Entrance data set and city lot directory PLUTO to discover it. The building, located at the end of 84th street at the FDR Drive, is 0.8 miles away along the grid to the nearest […]

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Once in a while, a gem pops up on NYC Reddit that makes years we’ve spent living in windowless basement shitholes and shanty dorms seem a little better, for this is an amazingly bad and pompously pitched set-up right here. Let Joseph Morgan give you a tour of this “Luxury Midtown East” apartment and it’s twelve bunk beds […]

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A two-week sublet in Bushwick for $250. A $750 Park Slope studio where “THERE ARE NO WINDOWS.” A Williamsburg studio that “comes furnished with slightly used futon, sheets included.” Such are the findings on The Worst Room, a Tumblr that logs one New Yorker’s struggle to find a new apartment on Craigslist. And while some […]

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Like most tenants in New York City, there’s lots of shit I’m willing to put up. Faulty door buzzers, loud steam pipes, and even the lack of a bonafide super fails to rouse me at this point. However, this recently posted notice about our very unfriendly mailboxes is enough to infuriate even the most laid […]

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