The Rent Is Too Damn High Guy Continues to Fight Landlord's Eviction Efforts

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Jimmy McMillan is not homeless.

The Rent Is Too Damn High party founder Jimmy McMillan was scheduled to be evicted in February from his $872-a-month rent-stabilized apartment in the East Village. But the fierce affordable-housing advocate has still managed to stay in his home — at least for now — thanks to the intervention of the city's Adult Protective Services program.


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Ditch Your Overpriced Apartment Without Leaving New York

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If New York had an official pastime, it would be real estate. In between searching for increasingly remote crawlspaces to inhabit, we love to bitch about our astronomical rents and gloat shamelessly when we find the Brigadoon of sublets (rent-controlled, roof access, close to a viable train — the stuff your friends in lesser cities consider the most basic of dwelling criteria). One-downing one another about our living quarters is practically a bloodsport: "I paid $1,200 a month to sleep in a disused elevator shaft" vs. "I showered with a stranger for reduced rent in a good location." The only solution anyone ever proposes is: "leave." But before you discard your hopes and dreams, consider these creative alternatives to your pricey apartment (also available on Craigslist).

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Bronx Barnes & Noble Will Remain Open for at Least 2 More Years [Updated]

Barnes & Noble will be shutting down its retail store in Bay Plaza at Co-op City in the Bronx after more than a decade of serving the borough. Or as the Daily News aptly put it, "the Bronx is about to go bookless" because of a lease disagreement between the bookstore chain and its landlord, Prestige Properties & Development.More »

Rents in NYC Keep Going Up (But It's Even Worse in Other Cities.)

Categories: Cash Money, Rent

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Pretty much all the "Sans" are worse.

A new report from the Citizens Budget Commission ranks New York City sixth in median rent costs nationwide, which might come as a surprise to the millions struggling to cut that check every month.

San Francisco, San Jose and San Diego all have a higher median cost, according to the report. And while the West Coast may have sunshine and decent tacos to salve the pain, Washington D.C. and Boston come out ahead as well, which just doesn't seem fair.


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St. Mark's Bookshop Has Moved to East 3rd Street, Won't Be Called East 3rd Bookshop

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The new location at 136 E. Third Street
It's been coming for a long time, but it still doesn't quite lessen the sting: St. Mark's Bookshop has moved from its longtime location on 3rd Avenue. The venerable bookseller had been battling its landlord, Cooper Union, for a number of years, trying without success to keep the school from raising their rent. But they are not, repeat, not gone for good: they've got a new shop location in the East Village, at 136 E. Third Street, between Avenue A and 1st Avenue. The move was made possible in part by an IndieGoGo campaign; bereaved book-lovers donated almost $52,000 to help out.

The bookshop staff reports on Facebook that they probably won't re-open until next week, the week of July 7. In the meantime, no one is mourning their departure from 3rd Avenue quite as keenly as Jeremiah Moss of Jeremiah's Vanishing New York. Moss petitioned passionately to save the bookshop when it was first endangered back in 2011. He notes that the store left behind a lovely Ted Berrigan poem in their window to say goodbye. And he's written St. Mark's a love letter of his own, which made us just a little prickly behind the eyes.

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Rent Guidelines Board Approves Pointless Yet Deeply Infuriating One-Percent Increase

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He really does have a point.
In a move that angered everyone and pleased precisely nobody, the city's Rent Guidelines Board voted last night in a meeting at Cooper Union to increase the rent on rent-stabilized apartments by one percent. That's after Mayor Bill de Blasio called for a rent freeze , saying at an unrelated press conference that the city is locked in an "unfair pattern."

"We've had a pattern in recent years of tenants being charged substantial increases," he said at the presser yesterday, "while the actual costs to landlords did not increase anywhere near the same amount."

The mayor's words were apparently for naught. As the Times points out, two of the six people de Blasio appointed to the board actually voted in favor of the increase.

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The Other Mayoral Candidate: Jimmy "Rent Is Too Damn High" McMillan Wants Your Vote

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Tessa Stuart
On Monday, when the other candidates for mayor of New York were trying out new talking points about the high cost of living in this city, crafted after a night spent in public housing, a sixth candidate was quietly collecting signatures on the corner of Lafayette Street and Astor Place.

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VIDEO: Rent's Going Up For 1,000,000 New Yorkers

Categories: Housing, Rent

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Is the rent too damn high? For many of the more than 1,000,000 New Yorkers living in rent-stabilized apartments across the city, if it isn't already, it soon will be.

Today the nine-person Rent Guidelines Board decided on next year's rent increases in a public meeting in the Great Hall at Cooper Union (please note the irony). Rent will jump 4% on all one-year leases and 7.75% on all two-year leases in the city. The tenants jeered, the landlords cheered. It came down to a 5-4 vote.

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The Ghost of Anthony Weiner's Rent-Stabilized Past (UPDATED)

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"Why No Tenant Should Vote for Anthony Weiner," read the headline in May's issue of Metropolitan Council on Housing. The op-ed, written by tenant advocate Michael McKee of the Tenants PAC, highlights a 1994 flip-flop by the then-councilman on rent stabilization--a term that has slowly evaporated from Big Apple real estate talk in the modern age. The vote cast by Weiner had angered the tenant community at the time and, now that he's running for City Hall, has only fostered more backlash. And, in a display of how utterly dismal the New York City housing market truly is, it's one of the first times the issue that should be a top priority has made an appearance in this election cycle.

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After 46 Years of Business, Bleecker Bob's Finally Closed This Weekend

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John Surico
It was the record store enshrined in West Village fame; a place where Bob Dylan and Kramer found their favorite vinyls in the dusty clearance bins that sat out front. The landmark from an era of the neighborhood that no longer exists, driven out by high rents, high spenders and, in this case, frozen yogurt stores.

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