It isn’t much of a relief, but fashion and beauty blogger PJ Gach, who recently took to the internet to try and raise the $7,739 in back rent she needs to pay her landlord to fend off eviction, now has until May 8 to pay up or move out.
When The Observer spoke with Ms. Gach this afternoon—she was heading out of housing court a day after her deadline to pay the back rent—she was cautiously optimistic about getting a few more days.
Ms. Gach’s plight—which started when she was laid off as a senior editor from Betty Confidential in November and was unable to make her $1,759 rent payments in December, January and February—has earned her both sympathy and vitriol online (it’s also earned her about $500 in donations, though there’s little chance that she’ll be able to summon the remaining $7,200 in the next week and a half.)
A rare divide has formed between Democrats and affordable housing advocates over a prevailing wage provision in the extension of the popular 421-a tax credit. Those advocates say that an extension of the 421-a tax credit that includes requiring them to pay prevailing wages to construction workers on non-public projects will drastically reduce the number of Read More
The country’s home prices are in a downward spiral that shows no sign of stopping in the next year. But New Yorkers are by now in the habit of ignoring such stats, assured that our red-hot property market is still at least dark pink.
Yet just over the border in Westchester County, a short Read More
We sure do miss those homebuyer tax credits.
According to a report out from Zillow today, homes are on track to lose $1.7 trillion in value this year, 63 percent more than the $1 trillion in value they sacrificed in 2009. Much of that fall has come in the latter half of the Read More
The mayor has discovered what we’ve known all along: There’s no stopping slumlords.
Michael Bloomberg doesn’t like paying millions of dollars in rent to landlords who have thousands of unaddressed housing violations. But he says the law makes him do it.
The Observer kvetched yesterday about David Bistricer, a Brooklyn landlord who’s trying to Read More
A note to slumlords: Don’t try to evict old people.
When the news broke recently that David Bistricer, a managing member of Berkshire Capital, was collecting millions in rent from the city — some of it because he owns none other than the Kings County Housing Court — it made barely a ripple. Read More
It is a widely held belief that wherever Wall Street goes, so goes the rest of the city. That is why the recent news that the Street could be headed for layoffs has real estate brokers worried. Sure, last week’s quarterly reports put Manhattan housing on the rebound, but the recovery could falter Read More
Upper West Side State Senate candidate Anna Lewis—who’s running in a five-way race to succeed would-be Attorney General Eric Schneiderman—has a housing proposal that she thinks could help both middle-income tenants and landlords: revive, at least in spirit, the Mitchell-Lama program.
Ms. Lewis, who is on the board of the Mitchell-Lama Residents Coalition, said there Read More