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I have a close friend who moved from Crown Heights to Staten Island in 2009. For her quiet island quarters—a huge house split with two other people a five-minute walk from the Staten Island ferry—she paid $500 per month. (This saved her, incidentally, $600 monthly, having previously paid $1,100 for her studio in Crown Heights in 2008 and 2009. I texted her to confirm this. She replied, "I moved to Brooklyn with FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS. In 2008....
Artists, cultural critics and occasional collaborators Jennifer Dalton and Bill Powhida are launching a new public art project very soon, and it’s a most compelling one. It’s called MONTH2MONTH, and it’s an initiative that came out of artist-centric concerns, then gathered greater conceptual force and assumed more broadly public shape as it became a platform for potentially very crucial conversations regarding social justice. MONTH2MONTH will encourage, indeed demand that many of today’s most important...
For starters, this: A residential high-rise set to open this winter at 365 Bond Street in Gowanus—home of one of the country's most toxic waterways—received 56,058 applications for, hilariously, 86 affordable apartments. Good news, for the less than two percent of these applicants who will be granted one kind-of-reasonably-priced unit next to the Gowanus Canal, their future waterfront esplanade home will come with a giant sponge system to keep all of those pollutants at bay. Yes, to live affordably...
New York City is in the midst of an affordable housing crisis, and most New Yorkers are seeing their wages flatline while the cost of rent skyrockets. And according to the mayor's office, the city is dealing with an influx of newcomers who greatly outnumber the amount of people leaving. Quite simply, there isn't enough housing, but Mayor de Blasio has put forth a ten year plan that will ostensibly build and/or protect 200,000 affordable...

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