NYC tracking ‘zombie homes’

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development has created a special team to track down so-called “zombie homes."

No heat, hot water top issues facing NYCHA tenants

NYCHA tenants spoke face to face with various housing authority officials about having to live without heat or hot water, among other concerns at a town hall in the East Village on Wednesday. 

Yonkers mayor slams NYC about influx of homeless

The mayor of Yonkers says his financially strapped city has its own issue with homelessness so he wants to know why New York is sending its homeless here. The Special One Time Assistance Program, or SOTA, gives homeless individuals and families one year's rent to relocate anywhere in the United States.

Jersey City to vote on increased Airbnb regulations

Some residents and lawmakers in Jersey City are asking people to vote yes on restrictions on Airbnb and other short-term rentals, arguing that rent controlled apartments are being turned into short-term rentals and displacing long-term residents.

Real estate trends and millennials

Millennials now make up the largest group of homebuyers in the United States. Amy Plitt is the editor of Curbed New York. She discusses trends that buyers and sellers need to know about.

'Zombie' homes on Long Island

More than 500 vacant properties, so-called zombie homes, can be found in neighborhoods across the Town of Hempstead. As that crisis continues to escalate, state and local officials have secured a $215,000 grant designed to take a closer look at the community's housing needs.

Council Member Ritchie Torres

Council Member Ritchie Torres weighs in on the new deal between NYCHA and the federal government to fix the failing housing system.

NYC public housing deal

The federal government will take greater control of the New York City Housing Authority in a deal struck by local officials and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, HUD Secretary Ben Carson announced.

2019 real estate trends for NYC

To rent or to buy? To sell or to hold? Where will you find the best real estate deals in New York this year? StreetEasy senior economist Grant Long says prices are continuing to fall in a lot of places in the city and buyers continue to have the upper hand in negotiations.

Williamsburg real estate

A day after Gov. Cuomo announced that he intended to avert a full shut down of the L-train and instead have repairs done during nights and weekends, calls started coming into Can Nomer, the director of leasing at Level, a 554-unit high-rise on the waterfront in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

NYC affordable apartments

A new report by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer's office says the number of affordable apartments in New York City has dwindled over time, leaving working-class residents with fewer options in a city with ballooning rents.

Long Island development controversy

Residents of Syosset, Long Island, packed a public hearing on Tuesday. Most of them oppose a proposed mega-development called Syosset Park. The development would encompass about 93 acres, some of which are a former Superfund site and also a landfill. The development would include condos, townhouses, retail, entertainment, restaurants, office space, two hotels, and a 30-acre park. The park would be over the former landfill.

Public housing rent increases?

The more than 400,000 New York City residents who live in public housing could soon see a federally mandated rent increase that many say they can't afford. Under a proposal by the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, public housing residents would be required to pay 35 percent of their gross income in rent, up from the current requirement of 30 percent of adjusted income.

NYC rents fall

If you rent a home in New York City, you already know we have some of the highest rents in the country. Now, finally, some promising news: rents are starting to come down a little, according to a report by appraiser Miller Samuel Inc. and brokerage firm Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

NYCHA state of emergency

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a state of emergency to end the bureaucratic gridlock that has stalled urgent health and safety repairs in public housing managed by the New York City Housing Authority. He pledged more than half a billion dollars set firm deadlines for results.

Housing priorities in NYC

Ask New Yorkers and they'll tell you that our city is expensive. Housing costs are high. And sometimes it feels like everything is going up but your paycheck. With that in mind, StreetEasy.com surveyed 1,000 New Yorkers across all five boroughs to get an idea of what people were thinking in terms of their real estate priorities, plans, and preferences.