squatters

affordable housing, Celebrities, East Village

544 West 13th Street under construction in January, via Paul A. Castrucci Architect (L)

Actress Rosario Dawson’s family hopes to buy low-income apartments in a newly renovated building as part of a city program that converts abandoned homes into affordable units. Rosario grew up in an East Village squatter’s den and her family continues to live in the East 13th Street co-op, even after the actress became famous and amassed a net worth of more than $16 million. According to the New York Post, long-time tenants of the building say the Dawson family bullied their way into controlling a third of the 14-unit residence over the last 20 years.

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  • Did you know the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has its own Twitter? Comedian Matt Haze talks about being the voice behind the account. [WSJ]
  • Pop Candy author Whitney Matheson is moving out of her Brooklyn Heights apartment. But before she goes, she’s saying goodbye with a list of 33 things she’ll miss about the ‘hood. [BK Heights Blog]
  • A new documentary seeks to capture the spirit and struggle of ’90s-era Lower East Side squatters. [Animal]
  • Why do proposals for offshore parks like Pier 55 keep popping up all over the world? [CityLab]
  • This colorful end table is covered with crocheted plastic bags. [Design Milk]

Images: Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree (L); Brooklyn Heights (R)

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