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Turbulence Amid Changing NYC Rent Laws

By Gianna D’Alessio

New York renters temporarily rejoiced on February 4, when the Department of State clarified language from 2019 housing laws, effectively banning broker’s fees in New York City. Broker’s fees, which are sums of money prospective tenants are asked to pay towards a broker’s commission, are a large expense to new renters and could cost as much as 12 to 15 percent of one year’s rent. This decision was long-anticipated, after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Statewide Housing Security & Tenant Protection Act of 2019 and the Housing Stability & Tenant Protection Act of 2019 on June 14, 2019.…

Fashion Week 2020

Full disclosure: I’m writing this article wearing a hard hat in a damp construction shanty in the Meatpacking District. I am not the target market of New York Fashion Week (NYFW), but one thing is for sure: I absolutely love it. For two weeks, NYC is flooded with even more materialism and pretty people than it usually has, and the excuse to party on Tuesday nights (all in the name of networking of course) is never more palpable.

Sure, there are downsides to Fashion Week. Longer lines at restaurants, overcrowded bars and clubs, sleep deprivation. But if those are really dealbreakers, why did you move to New York in the first place?…

Progressive Legislation & Urban Development

New York City recently passed new ordinances and progressive legislation to improve the safety and carbon footprint of more than 1 million buildings in the five boroughs. I have 1200 words. Let’s make them useful.

SAFETY

Unfortunately, building safety legislation in New York is reactive. New York City’s Façade Inspection and Safety Program (FISP) began in 1980 following the death of Grace Gold, a Barnard College student, when a piece of masonry spalled and struck her. Since then, any building over 6 stories requires routine façade (exterior wall) inspections. Updates in 1998 required hands-on inspections, mandated repairs, and staggered filing deadlines.…

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