Brick Underground chats with a Brooklyn artist who is making a photo series on New York families who live in cramped spaces. Which is fascinating, though we remain unconvinced that any family can live comfortably in less than 500 square feet no matter how clever or tasteful their tiny house is.
Of course, things could always be worse. Your landlord, or rather your slumlord, could actively be destroying your apartment, an eviction technique documented by these photos on Gothamist. Or you could be spending the day at Bronx housing court with New York Times columnist Michael Powell. The Bronx remains the most affordable borough, but rising rents coupled with stagnant wages have forced an ever-larger number of residents into eviction proceedings. Maybe Detroit, where the Times reports writers are being given free houses, doesn’t seem so bad after all.
In major development news, Related has secured financing to build the 37,000-ton platform over the Hudson Yards rails, according to Bloomberg. Construction started today! And Atlantic Cities would just like to point out how insane it is to essentially build an entire neighborhood over rail yards, a process which you can watch illustrated in this nifty animation on Curbed. But the most insane thing of all may be that the de Blasio administration has wrung an agreement from Related to pay higher wages to workers at the site, The Wall Street Journal reports, rolling back a controversial agreement to exempt Hudson Yards from the living wage bill that was signed under Bloomberg.
Speaking of crazy projects, Crain’s writes that the Port Authority has delayed a vote on whether or not to shower yet another Silverstein World Trade Center tower with subsidies; negotiations over the terms of such subsidies continue. Other redevelopment dreams include turning the ill-fated Metro theater on the Upper West Side into a community arts center, according to DNAinfo.
Finally, Crain’s reports that de Blasio is actually close to picking a new Landmarks Chair after three months in office—a delayed, though pivotal appointment given the growing debate over whether more landmarking will hurt or help his affordable housing goals. We do know that certainly doesn’t stem real estate interest in a neighborhood, as Frank Ring’s recent buy of five buildings in the super-landmarked Park Slope, a story broken by The Real Deal, illustrates. Mr. Ring is apparently starting a Brooklyn portfolio after losing his Manhattan one to Gary Barnett.