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By a 45-1 vote, the New York City Council in April 2016 approved a rezoning of a 190-block area of East New York and a 15-block area of neighboring Ocean Hill.

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De Blasio’s Sixth Year in Office Could Feature Three Neighborhood Rezonings

The mayor in 2015 set a goal of rezoning up to 15 neighborhoods in a drive to create more density and more affordable housing. Five rezonings have passed and at least three are likely to move forward in 2019.

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Max & Murphy: Rafael Espinal, Candidate for Public Advocate

At midnight on January 1, a ball dropped in Manhattan, former Public Advocate Letitia James became the state attorney general, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson became the acting public advocate, and a race to fill James’ seat that had been stewing for months came to a boil.

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A Toolkit to Fight Displacement in NYC Neighborhoods, Other U.S. Cities

Advocates from Buffalo to Brownsville and the LES to LA are voicing concerns about displacement. One local group has compiled a menu of policies to fight it.

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Pilot Program to Legalize Some Basement Homes Takes Shape in E. New York

Tenants in illegal basement and cellar apartments typically have no lease and limited rights while living in substandard conditions.

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