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NYC may mandate homeless housing in new affordable projects

Plus, a Midtown landlord is seeking to evict WeWork—and more intel in today’s New York Minute news roundup

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City Council expected to pass ‘ambitious’ bill to tackle NYC’s homelessness crisis

As the city faces a homelessness and affordability crisis, a City Council bill expected to pass next week would require affordable housing projects built with city assistance to set aside 15 percent of their units for the homeless. The bill would apply to new rental buildings with more than 40 units and could add around 1,000 new apartments per year for the homeless, the New York Times reports.

“We have a homelessness crisis in New York City, and we have to start getting aggressive or we are never going to fix it,” City Council speaker Corey Johnson told the Times.

Though earlier this week it was reported that Speaker Johnson and Mayor de Blasio were still negotiating the terms of the piece of legislation, it now seems like they’ve reached an agreement. As the Times puts it, the bill “represents one of the city’s most ambitious efforts in a decade to address the dearth of housing for homeless people.”

And in other news...

  • Staten Island ranked first among New York state’s 62 counties for its GDP growth between 2017 and 2018.
  • The International Center of Photography will unveil its new Essex Crossing facility at 242 Broome Street in January 2020.
  • A Midtown landlord is seeking to evict WeWork from its building.
  • Manhattan Community Board 3’s Land Use Committee rejected a developer’s air rights transfer application to build a 10-story building on St. Marks Place.
  • NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer says that the proposed Con Ed rate hike will exacerbate the climate crisis.
  • And, finally, El Barrio rejoices with the upcoming In the Heights movie: