For most New Yorkers — about two-thirds of whom are renters — living in the city means accepting the painful reality of ever-increasing rents, which are as much a part of the experience as noisy neighbors, hissing steam radiators and cramped kitchens.
Even those lucky enough to have rent-stabilized places face annual increases, and for everyone else, it is much worse. According to a new report from StreetEasy, the average rent increase citywide between 2010 and 2018 was 31 percent — with many expensive Manhattan neighborhoods experiencing the smallest increases and areas that were gentrified during those years being hit by some of the biggest ones.
As the start of the school year approaches, you can help a homeless child get backpacks and school supplies by donating new supplies in Kew Gardens.
The first floor of Queens Borough Hall, located at 120-55 Queens Blvd., will serve as a drop-off location for annual “Project: Back to School” supply drive. The drive is hosted by the Coalition of the Homeless, the nation’s oldest advocacy and direct service organization that helps homeless men, women and children.
“In shelter, I feel patronized, dehumanized. Not having permanent housing has caused me to not realize my true potential. We are people, not just a number. I don’t want to be a statistic forever. I am homeless but not hopeless.” – Felix
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