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If you’ve ever wondered about the cost of building an affordable housing unit in New York City, you can now learn firsthand the price of maintenance and development courtesy of a new online video game created by the Citizens Housing and Planning Council. The game is called Inside the Rent, and it lets you play the role of developer, construction foreman and superintendent. The game intends to elucidate how various things like neighborhood location and...
In many ways,  Mayor de Blasio's first year in office has been a stark departure from the Bloomberg reign. It's not all that surprising then that de Blasio, who has seemingly tried to break with the previous administration in every possible way, went so far as to change the name of the annual State of the City address to the feel-good "State of Our City." But the Mayor's speech wasn't just replete with rhetoric, he...
A very important hearing was held yesterday morning at City Hall. And bear with us, because there's a lot of complicated stuff going on here, but you will feel way, way more informed about the current state of affordable housing in this city if you take a deep breath and listen up for this twisted tale. The City Council's Committee on Housing and Buildings met for a hearing regarding a lil' old tax exemption called...
Ten years ago the Brooklyn Heights Association (BHA), a well-organized neighborhood specific activist network, came to an agreement with private developers. In the interest of raising much-needed funds to complete construction of Brooklyn Bridge Park, the community group agreed to let developers build a hotel and three-building condo cluster, despite the fact they were "not thrilled with the thought of a large new structure that is out of character with the rest of the neighborhood." But in exchange for...

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