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BY LAUREN PRICE  |  New York City’s affordable housing programs come in a variety of permutations. In general terms, eligibility is based on household income falling between a particular development’s upper and lower limits, a household’s members meeting program guidelines, credit history that meets the developer’s standards and absence of housing, legal or criminal obstacles. […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Following the state Legislature’s recent plan to include thousands more low-income seniors in a city-administered rent-freeze program, a group of city councilmembers are calling for passage of another state bill to provide further housing security by tying future expansions of the program to regional cost-of-living increases. The Senior Citizen Rent Increase […]

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This real estate section covering the broader Downtown area is a new feature of NYC Community Media and will appear periodically in The Villager. Email questions, comments and story ideas to news@thevillager.com. By LAUREN PRICE | Not so many years ago, not everyone would have been excited about living in Hell’s Kitchen. Today, the revival of what […]

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BY LAUREN PRICE  |  Restored and reimagined piers, dazzling water views, lush grassy expanses and a leg of the nation’s most heavily used bikeway are among the highlights at Hudson River Park, which has become the elegant front lawn for Manhattan’s West Side neighborhoods. Comprised of multiple ball fields, tennis and basketball courts and myriad […]

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Legendary art-supply store Pearl Paint, at 308 Canal St., closed Thurs., April 17. It had occupied the six-story building — now for sale — since around 1960. Before then it was on Church St. where it opened in 1933. Last Saturday, someone had covered the place’s shuttered gate with “Gentrification in Progress” crime scene-style tape.

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BY LAUREN PRICE  |  Go West: Not so many years ago, it might have been unimaginable for someone to suggest living in Hell’s Kitchen. Today, the gentrification of what was once a rough and tumble swath of tenements, factories, warehouses, and parking structures into a white-hot neighborhood –– from Eighth Avenue west to the Hudson […]

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BY LAUREN PRICE   |  Restored and reimagined piers, dazzling water views, lush grassy expanses, and a 32-mile bikeway –– the nation’s most heavily used –– are among the highlights at Hudson River Park, which has become the elegant front lawn for Manhattan’s West Side neighborhoods Comprised of multiple ball fields, tennis and basketball courts, […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | In the wee hours one morning in the early 1980s, heading home after a euphoric night playing his congas at Crisco Disco in Chelsea, Novac Noury bought a newspaper. A listing for a building for sale on Little W. 12th St. caught his eye. He had been looking for a secret […]

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