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Bed-Stuy Tenants Bemoan Deterioration and Vagrants in Complex Run By Ex-Met Mo Vaughn

Calling Betty Shabazz Apartments "raggedy," residents plead to remove homeless from their hallways — but management says NYPD’s "Clean Halls" patrol shutdown ties their hands.

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New York Eviction Moratorium Poised for Months-Long Extension

A special session in Albany is imminent to extend a pandemic pause keeping tenants in their homes following a Supreme Court strikedown. Meanwhile, a $2.7 billion relief program still struggles to get aid paid.

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Boost to Skimpy Low-Income Housing Vouchers Leaves Formerly Homeless at Risk of Return to Shelters

Workers who get a raise above minimum wage will lose their housing aid under a deal struck this spring between the City Council and de Blasio to cover a higher range of rents. There’s time to fix that income cliff danger before the Sept. 1 upgrade.

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Cuomo’s Triumphs and Unfinished Business as He Quits Under a Cloud

The governor arrived in office in 2011 with an agenda aimed at bolstering New York State. Some of his promises — from marriage equality to minimum wage to supportive housing and more — came to fruition, while others remain outstanding.

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Gowanus Could Become More Diverse After Rezoning, Racial Impact Study Finds

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Make-or-Break Vote Looms for Brooklyn Botanic Garden Shadow-Casting Towers

City Planning Commission has power to kill a project projected to steal sunlight from part of the historic green space, or cut it down from a proposed 34 stories. The developer says affordable housing is at stake.

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Rogue Brooklyn Building Demolition Stirs Furor and Questions About City Oversight

A developer — undeterred by more than $68,000 in fines for violating asbestos safety rules — knocked down half a house in Prospect Lefferts Gardens before authorities intervened. Neighbors say their health is at risk.

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Months After Massive Fire, Jackson Heights Tenants Struggle to Resettle in Queens

Former residents living in emergency hotels find few options in city affordable housing programs. "We basically have nothing," said a teenager, one of more than 500 residents displaced by the April eight-alarm blaze.

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World Trade Center’s First Residential Tower Sparks Affordable-Housing Fight 

The last re-building block of the World Trade Center could be a 900-foot residential skyscraper on the former home of the Deutsche Bank Building. A quarter of its 1,325 apartments are earmarked for "affordable housing" — but local 9/11 survivors want more.

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Homeless Youth Finally Get Rent Help, But Aid Could be Fleeting

Young people won’t have to automatically go to an adult shelter to become eligible for permanent housing help, thanks to new city and federal new direct rental assistance. But the first-come, first-served efforts are limited.

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Keeping the Faith: South Bronx Church Moves Into New Home After Developer Fight

Pastor Felix Gross last year thought he had been swindled out of his congregation’s property by developers just looking to make a buck. But they shook hands, buried the hatchet — and opened the new worship space for the flock.

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City Starts Kicking Thousands of Homeless People From Hotels Back to Shelters

For some New Yorkers, emergency housing during the pandemic offered a life line: the privacy and peace of a safe and comfortable hotel room. That will now end by late July. Moving day for men at the Upper West Side’s Lucerne Hotel came Monday.

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Staten Island Building Bust Makes New Breed of Candidates Skeptical of Big Real Estate

Some office-seekers in the city’s most conservative borough are targeting development plans after megaprojects with Manhattan views get mired in delays and flops. The disputes echo issues playing out in Council races across the city.

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Bronx Tenant Takes on Ex-Housing Agency Bigwig With Relentless Court Cases Demanding Repairs

Jason Torres tells a judge former HPD Deputy Commissioner John Warren is responsible for ongoing "harassment," after years of filing suits to force fixes. The landlord says the tenant won’t let workers into his apartment.

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Crown Heights Armory Project Towers Over Brooklyn Council Race Roiled By Development Backlash

Candidates pile on to bash term-limited Laurie Cumbo for her support for real estate development in a rapidly gentrifying district — including a leading contender who used to work for her.

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De Blasio’s Promised Rent Help for Homeless Youth Takes a Detour

Officials agreed to route young people to live in adult shelters in order to obtain vouchers for permanent housing — even after the mayor promised direct access to help, document obtained by THE CITY shows.

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Cuomo’s Back-Rent Relief Finally Arrives. Tenants and Landlords Ask: Will it be Enough?

New York’s $2.4 billion aid program will begin accepting applications June 1. Real estate groups and tenant activists have lots of questions, but agree on one thing: The program won’t work without cooperation between owners and residents.

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Homeless Reflect on Life in a New York City Hotel Room, One Year Later

For some New Yorkers, the pandemic proved an ironic lifesaver: Spending a year living in clean, private hotel rooms allowed them to get some stability in their lives and finally see hope for the future — if they’re not kicked back into city shelters.

Red Hook NYCHA Tenants Face New Gas Outages in Maddening Pattern

Nearly 100 households at the Brooklyn complex have been without cooking gas for a week and NYCHA has no timeline for repairs. It’s a story that’s played out repeatedly in recent years at the borough’s biggest public housing development.

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Eric Adams’ Campaigns and Nonprofit Reaped Big Bucks from Lobbyists and Developers Seeking Help

In recent years leading up to his mayor run, the Brooklyn borough president netted up to $322,750 in contributions from favor-seekers — including some banking on the controversial Gowanus rezoning plan, THE CITY found.