As lawmakers in Albany wrangle over the final details of new legislation to replace the rent regulations that expired June 15, politicians and community leaders are weighing in on the pros and cons.
Yesterday, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver called the agreement “a huge relief for tenants.”
“Working with Gov. Cuomo, we have saved the rent laws and expanded their protections for the first time in nearly two decades,” Silver said in prepared statement. “This is an important victory in our ongoing effort to support working families and ease the affordable housing crisis.”
We also asked local affordable housing advocates for their take on the situation, and compiled their responses.
Rivington Street. May 22, 2011
Continuing our ongoing series of street photographs from A. Jesse Jiryu Davis.
The housemade brioche with Nutella is just one of many reasons to wander into Gaia Italian Cafe.
A roundup of restaurant and nightlife news around the neighborhood today.
- East Houston Street newcomer Gaia Italian Cafe gets some love for its vegetarian options, and this exclamatory remark: “This is Italian Italian food.”
- This week’s Community Board 3 SLA committee meeting covered a lot of ground: bad news for the bar formerly known as Aces and Eights (formerly known as Mo’ Pitkin’s) and Clinton Street’s CultureFix, but good news for newcomers Masala Wala and Zoe.
- Early reviews of Orchard Street’s APL are in, and they’re pretty good all around.
- Something’s going on with the produce market under the Manhattan Bridge.
Four-year-old Jaydyn Diaz of the East Village was watching his parents play softball in East River Park, and practicing catching Skittles in his mouth.
It’s going to be a dark, wet day here on the Lower East Side, with clouds and fog in the morning and showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon, and highs in the low 80s.