Safety concerns, like the recent house fire in Bushwick, are what many people think of when they consider squatters. But lost in those narratives is a different kind of squatter in New York
By Lea Khayata. Jay Amato thought he had it all planned. He was going to build his own house on a piece of land he bought at the corner of Van Brunt and Conover streets in Red Hook, Brooklyn. But the city rejected his construction permit for not complying with the zoning requirements. Amato’s property […]
Throughout most of Brooklyn, the housing market has rebounded from the slump that followed the economic collapse of 2008. While the number of new properties being sold in America is currently the lowest in recorded history, Brooklyn has seen an increase in total sales and sales prices in the past year. But the health of […]
Brooklyn, like the rest of the country, heads into the midterm elections amid voter anger and dissatisfaction with the ailing economy. The Brooklyn Ink looked at the numbers, and talked with the residents to see how statistics figure into their discontent.
By Abigail Ronck Depending on which judge hears your case in Kings County Housing Court you might not be able to go home. There are no juries here. There are just hundreds of people coming in through the doors each day to see the man or woman who sits on high. The judge will either […]
By Caitlin Kasunich
Last July, a 25-year-old victim of domestic abuse packed up her belongings, left her apartment with her two children and arrived at the Auburn Family Shelter in Fort Greene in hopes of starting a new life.
A team of six reporters spent four months investigating the New York housing system through the prism of one landlord, his buildings and his tenants in Brooklyn and the Bronx. Read on for our findings.
By Yaffi Spodek Olga Ovanesyan, 53, is a Russian immigrant and single mom from Brooklyn. As a student studying to be a physician’s assistant, she has no job or income and lives mostly off disability payments she receives as a result of injuries she sustained in 9/11. After living in a Manhattan shelter for several […]
Home sales in Brooklyn were up 57 % in the first quarter compared to last year, according to a report out today. However, property values in the borough are down 14% from their peak in 2007.