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The legislation from a City Council member introduced a bill to temporarily repeal the commercial rent tax for businesses during the Covid-19 state of emergency. (Getty, iStock)

Commercial rent tax cut introduced in City Council

With small businesses across the city closed or on the brink of failure, a Manhattan lawmaker introduced a bill...

Commercial rent tax cut introduced in City Council
Council member Eric Ulrich and City Council member Keith Powers

Council members talk broker fee caps and real estate donations

It wasn’t so long ago that broker fees were among the biggest points of contention in city government. Democratic...

Council members talk broker fee caps and real estate donations
City Council member Vanessa Gibson, Speaker Corey Johnson and City Council member Brad Lander (Getty)

Why the City Council abandoned affordable housing

The speeches began shortly after 10 p.m. and dragged on for more than two hours. One City Council member...

Why the City Council abandoned affordable housing
Mayor Bill de Blasio (Credit: Getty Images)

What a toothless de Blasio means for real estate

“The most charitable assessment,” Neal Kwatra said of Mayor Bill de Blasio last week, “is that his mayoralty is...

What a toothless de Blasio means for real estate
(Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

City measure to bar landlords from targeting retailers’ assets could face legal challenge

City legislation that temporarily bars landlords from going after restaurant and retailers’ personal assets may face another legal hurdle. Last week, the City Council...

City measure to bar landlords from targeting retailers’ assets could face legal challenge
City Council member Costa Constantinides and Rikers Island (Constantinides by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Councilman: Resume land-use reviews — but just for Rikers

A City Council member thinks it is time for the city to restart its land-use review process for one...

Councilman: Resume land-use reviews — but just for Rikers
Councilwoman Carlina Rivera introduced a measure that would protect restaurants and retailers from certain legal action. (Rivera by Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images; background via Gary He/Getty Images))

New measure protects restaurants, retailers who violate leases

The New York City Council on Wednesday approved a measure that would protect restaurants and retailers from certain legal...

New measure protects restaurants, retailers who violate leases
Councilwoman Carlina Rivera (Credit: Rivera via Wikimedia Commons, Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A game-changer for restaurants and retailers? Maybe, if it’s legal

A City Council bill could shield restaurants, retailers and other business owners from certain legal action if they violate...

A game-changer for restaurants and retailers? Maybe, if it’s legal
New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson (Johnson by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Food Bank For New York City; iStock)

City Council to intro package of bills providing eviction, rent relief to tenants

The New York City Council is introducing a suite of bills aimed at assisting tenants and small businesses, with...

City Council to intro package of bills providing eviction, rent relief to tenants
Antonio Reynoso and 140 Devoe Street in Brooklyn (Credit: Google Maps)

Council closes tax-lien loophole that threatened property seizures

The City Council passed a measure to safeguard non-profits against tax liens for taxes they don’t technically owe. Although...

Council closes tax-lien loophole that threatened property seizures
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