Afternoon Bulletin: De Blasio Announces Affordable Housing Plans

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05:  A sign for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's new housing plan stands at an affordable housing construction site on May 5, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The mayor's $41 billion 'Housing New York - A Five-Borough Ten-Year Plan', billed by his office as the most ambitious affordable housing plan in U.S. history, plans to build or preserve 200,000 apartments in the next decade. The project would serve more than half a million low and middle income New Yorkers across the city's five boroughs. New York City has some of the highest rents and property values in the nation.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
A sign for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new housing plan  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) (Photo: John Moore for Getty Images)

Mayor de Blasio has announced plans for the creation and preservation of 20,325 affordable housing units, aiming to reach his goal of 200,000 in ten years as part of the Housing NYC plan. According to a press release, initial units will go towards housing 50,000 New Yorkers—the most affordable housing offered by the city since 1989. Affordable housing is in high demand: 93,000 New Yorkers who applied for 925 units in Queens in May. (Gothamist)

Amidst the excitement surrounding the ticker-tape parade for the U.S. Women’s National Team last Friday, it’s unlikely anyone though about the trash. The Department of Sanitation has revealed that 29.6 tons was generated, and 7.9 tons were recycled. This is nothing compared to the 2009 parade for the New York Yankees, however, which produced 56.9 tons of trash—an indication that last week’s parade drew a smaller crowd. (CBS)

The nonprofit organization No Longer Empty is appealing asking the public for their opinions on the future of the old Bronx Borough Courthouse. The landmark building is currently undergoing drastic renovations, costing $10 million, and is expected to reopen permanently in 2017. (New York Times)

Pets passing through JFK can now travel in luxury. The airport is currently constructing The Ark, a $48 million, 178,000-square-foot facility for animals featuring 70 climate-controlled stalls for horses, pools, massage therapy and other spa services for dogs, plus custom-made climbing trees for cats. (New York Post)

Lena Dunham is expanding her already extensive resumé by launching “Lenny”, a weekly email newsletter in collaboration with Girls showrunner Jenni Konner. According to Ms. Dunham, the newsletter will offer lifestyle advice and commentary, with pieces from outside writers, and eventually expand into e-commerce. Having come up with idea while on her book tour, Ms. Dunham told The Cut that she aims to reach a diverse audience and cater to their “desire for intelligent, politically liberal, thoughtful content that would speak to them”. (The Cut)

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