LandlordsNY Briefing for February 7th

Today's briefing will be abridged, as we will be covering a conference on the subject of basement apartments that is being hosted by the Citizens Housing & Planning Council.

  • City & State asks if there is anything that Amazon can do to sell its HQ2 plan to skeptics in the city. [City & State]
  • The first public hearing on the rezoning of Soho was held yesterday. [Crain's New York]
  • Steve Witkoff is tired of how expensive it is to build in New York City, so he's going to develop properties in Florida and Las Vegas, even though the former is being swallowed by the ocean and the latter was the epicenter of the housing crisis. [The Real Deal]
  • Preservation advocates are hoping to create a list of historically significant properties in Gowanus to protect them from development. [Brownstoner]
  • Bankruptcy rates are soaring across the nation's Farm Belt. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Leading Democrats from New York are urging Albany not to abolish fusion voting. [Politico New York]
  • The MTA is closing the Astoria Boulevard station on the N and W lines to install an elevator. [Times Ledger]
  • 2018 was the fourth warmest year on record. [New York Times]
  • The Federal Aviation Administration claims that birds run into planes at least 40 times each day. [USA Today]

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