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Caroline Spivack is a native New Yorker born and raised in Brooklyn. As a reporter at Curbed NY, she covers the city’s built environment through a lens of urbanism and local news. Her stories make complicated land use and civic issues digestible and get to the core of why a story should matter to New Yorkers. Caroline’s beats include housing, development, and transportation. She began her career covering local news across the city for the New York Post, DNAinfo, the Brooklyn Paper, and Patch. After attending Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, she earned her master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her rescue dog Scout. Send Caroline tips at and follow her on twitter @CarolineSpivack for the latest news.

What It’s Like to Not Pay Rent, According to Striking Tenants

Inside a rent strike in the Bronx.

New York Housing Courts Reopen to Confusion and Protests

"I feel like I’m on the edge of a cliff, and I’m just waiting for a push to send me over."

Here’s how NYC plans to keep New Yorkers cool this summer

Spacious cooling centers, misting oases, open hydrants, and more.

This Lawsuit Could Change How NYC Plans Neighborhoods

"If we don’t have planning that is focused on racial equity, it’s essentially complicit in segregation."

Manhattan Apartment Deals Plummet 80 Percent in May

Newly signed contracts nosedived in the borough last month.

The Plan to Reopen New York City’s Real-Estate Industry

Here’s how the industry is preparing to bounce back from the coronavirus crisis.

New Yorkers Want to Defund the Police. They’re Getting 5 ‘Black Lives Matter’ Murals Instead.

Without action a mural is just paint on pavement.

‘Health or Their Home’: The Risks of Housing Court During a Pandemic

Tenant advocates fear coronavirus could spread in cramped housing court.

What you need to know about NYC’s unprecedented weeklong curfew

The mayor has since lifted the city’s curfew.

What NYC could do with its $6 billion police budget

Part of that money could go towards youth programs, housing, and homeless service, advocates say.