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NYC basement apartments up for debate at City Council hearing

The city is moving forward with its plans to create livable basement apartments, Crain’s has learned. On Tuesday, the New York City Council will hold its first hearing on a pilot program set to launch ... read more

Council bill would legalize some basement apartments

A City Council bill up for debate next week would legalize certain basement apartments in East New York—which officials hope will create ... The legislation, set for a hearing Tuesday, has been in the ... read more

City Launches Pilot Program to Legalize Basement Apartments

Almost three years after it was first proposed, a pilot program to legalize basements in East New York was approved last week in the City Council ... with existing basement apartments targets for ... read more

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New York City Council pushes for more affordable apartments in Mayor de Blasio's housing plan

"We could be here and debate ... Those apartments would rent for $1,150 to $2,350 a month The biggest demand from the Council at a hearing Tuesday was to require cheaper apartments for people making ... read more


How far will $1 billion go, City Council asks at rezoning hearing

“I’m going to advocate for East New York.” Although the exchange at the Council’s hearing on the East New York rezoning ... to implement a pilot program that would legalize basement apartments. City ... read more

D.C. housed the homeless in upscale apartments. It hasn’t gone as planned.

But the Art Deco complex, which overlooks Rock Creek Park and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is today the troubled locus of a debate on housing policy in a city ... New York ... read more

East New York pilot program will create livable basement apartments

“Converting basement units is an important way to address New York City’s affordability crisis,” Lander said during Wednesday’s stated City Council hearing ... The Basement Apartments Safe for ... read more

New York City council to consider regulation of Airbnb sharing economy

A city council hearing on Tuesday is shaping up to be ... in a larger debate about affordable housing – an especially hot topic in New York, where it’s a centerpiece of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s agenda. ... read more

Johnson's State of the City, Heastie's State of Play, Council Budget Hearings & More: The Week Ahead in New York Politics, March 4

Johnson’s City Council will start its month of hearings this week on Mayor Bill de ... 1004-A which will establish the basement apartment legalization pilot in East New York." In the evening, "the ... read more

Amazon Pulls Out of Planned New York City Headquarters

The agreement to lure Amazon to Long Island City, Queens, had stirred intense debate in New York ... Council hearing the next month. Protesters filled the seats, unfurled banners and chanted against ... read more

City Public Advocate Candidates Debate on NY1 Over Their Records in Office, Response to Amazon

They're vying to replace Letitia James, who left the position to become New York state attorney general. NY1 will host a second debate with leading contenders ... and protesters who have attended City ... read more

Lessons from Vancouver for NYC’s Debate Over Taxing Vacant Land to Ease Housing Crunch

Whether or not such a plan could work in New York City is up for debate ... Council has pledged that any money raised beyond what its tax costs to implement will go to additional affordable housing ... read more



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