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PHOTOS: USNS Comfort hospital ship arrives in NYC

By Devin Gannon, Today, March 30, 2020

Photo by Michael Appleton for the Mayoral Photography Office

The 1,000 hospital-bed Navy ship USNS Comfort arrived in New York City on Monday, sent by the federal government to alleviate the burden the city’s hospitals are facing as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. With more than 1,200 medical personnel on deck, the floating hospital will serve non-COVID-19 patients to take the pressure off the city’s hospitals, which are currently overwhelmed by a growing number of cases. Docked at Pier 90 in Hell’s Kitchen, the ship expects to begin receiving patients in 24 hours after its arrival.

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City Living, Events

Photo by Anthony Quintano on Wikimedia

A New York City landmark is looking to lift the spirits of New Yorkers and keep the light in the city bright during this challenging time. The Empire State Realty Trust on Friday launched a music-to-light show from the skyscraper’s famous tower, in partnership with iHeartMedia. A new show, designed by lighting artist Marc Brickman, will premiere every Friday night and play nightly for one week.

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New Developments, New Jersey, Rentals

295J, Jersey City, apartments

Image of 295J courtesy of Ironstate Development Company and BKSK Architects

A new luxury rental building has opened in the bustling Bergen-Lafayette section of Jersey City, with apartments starting at $1,910/month. Located just steps from Liberty State Park, 295 Johnston Avenue, called 295J, contains 309 units, with a mix of studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. In addition to being next to the 1,212-acre waterfront park, the rental boasts an impressive landscaped courtyard with a pool, fire pits, barbecue grills, and ping pong tables.

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Policy

Photo of the Aqueduct Racetrack via Wikimedia

Facing a shortage of hospital beds, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced a plan to build four additional temporary hospitals in each New York City borough, adding 4,000 more beds. On Friday, he toured the Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens’ South Ozone Park, the Port Authority-owned Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook, the CUNY College of Staten Island, and the New York Expo Center in Hunts Point in the Bronx. On Saturday, Cuomo said President Donald Trump had approved these sites, meaning work can begin immediately. These will be in addition to Manhattan’s Javits Center, which opens tomorrow as a temporary 1,000-bed FEMA hospital.

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Policy

Photo by Nicolas J Leclercq on Unsplash

Most construction projects will be temporarily banned during the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Friday. While originally considered an essential service under the state’s “pause” order that shutdown most workplaces last week, all non-essential construction must now shut down until April 21 under an updated executive order by the state.

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City Living, Features, Policy, real estate trends, Top Stories

Can you move in NYC during the coronavirus outbreak?

By Devin Gannon, Fri, March 27, 2020

Photo © Daxiao Productions – Fotolio

While most of life seems to be put on hold at the moment, there are a few tasks that can’t be avoided. This includes moving apartments, typically a dreadful experience for New Yorkers with or without an ongoing pandemic. But moving companies are considered an essential service, according to New York City and State officials. Ahead, find out what you need to know about moving in NYC during the coronavirus outbreak, from the extra protocols movers are taking to your rights as a tenant.

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real estate trends

Amazon snags two Fairway Market stores in NJ

By Devin Gannon, Thu, March 26, 2020

Fairway, Fairway Grocery, Upper West Side, Whole Foods, Grocery Stores, Red Hook, Fairway Red Hook

Photo by Dougie WII on Wikimedia

Amazon has acquired the leases for two Fairway Market stores in New Jersey, half the number of stores the company originally hoped to buy. According to Supermarket News, the online retailer will acquire Fairway’s Paramus and Woodland Park, N.J. store leases for $1.5 million. It’s unclear why Amazon’s offer for stores in Red Hook and Westchester fell through. The auction comes just a few months after the beloved New York City grocery store filed for bankruptcy.

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affordable housing, Brooklyn, East New York, housing lotteries

Rendering of 911 Erskine Street, courtesy of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Office

There are nearly 200 affordable apartments up for grabs at a brand new development in the Spring Creek section of East New York in Brooklyn. Located at 911 Erskine Street, the complex is part of the mixed-use Fountains Development, which broke ground in 2017. The nine-story building sits between Betts Creek and Hendrix Creek of the Jamaica Bay and directly across from the massive shopping center, the Gateway Plaza Mall. Qualifying New Yorkers earning 30, 40, 50, and 60 percent of the area median income can apply for the apartments, which include studios from $328/month and three-bedroom apartments up to $1,504/month.

Here’s how to apply

affordable housing, Bronx, housing lotteries

Photo of Woodlawn Cemetery by Ted via Flickr/cc 

A housing lottery launched on Thursday for placement on a 20,000-person waiting list for a number of rental properties in the East Bronx. Found across the neighborhoods of Williamsbridge and Wakefield, the location of the buildings stretch from Woodlawn Cemetery to about Pelham Bay. New Yorkers earning 50, 85, 90, and 95 percent of the area median income can apply for the apartments, which range from a $1,106/month one-bedroom to a $2,074/month three-bedroom. Eligible applicants will be randomly selected and placed on the waitlist for future vacancies.

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affordable housing, Harlem, housing lotteries

Photo of the Robeson © CityRealty

A housing lottery for 73 mixed-income units will launch on Thursday at a building in one of the most bustling sections of Central Harlem. The new 10-story building, called The Robeson, is located at 407 Malcolm X Boulevard between West 130th and 131st Streets. Qualifying New Yorkers earning 50, 100, and 130 percent of the area median income can apply for the units, which range from a $680/month studio to a $3,452/month three-bedroom apartment.

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