Afternoon News Notes

Curbed crunches the numbers from the Citi Habitats May rental report. Vacancy rates are extremely low, although some experts think these kind of reports mask the true vacancy situation in Manhattan. Average rents declined a little bit. On the LES, a one bedroom averaged $2117 in May.

Among the casualties of the coup in Albany: legislation to protect tenants from shady landlords.

The ACLU has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security, which has refused to release even the most basic details about plans to install surveillance cameras across Lower Manhattan.