Rent Laws Expire in Two Months. Let the Political Battle Begin.

HOST INTRO: If you’re a renter in New York City, there’s about a 50/50 chance your apartment is rent-stabilized. But the laws that outline protection for renters expire every four years. When they do, New Yorkers lobby the state legislature. Tenants want to expand renter protections. Landlords want to reduce them. As the bills come […]

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As Brexit Tensions Boil Over Abroad, a Separatist Movement Brews at Home

  HOST INTRO: Yet another Brexit deadline was missed today. British lawmakers had to negotiate a plan to leave the European Union. But with tensions high and no resolution in sight, they got a two-week extension to decide for good whether the UK wants in or out. Meanwhile, as Ali Swenson reports, there’s another separatist movement […]

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New York Bookstores Turn To Loyal Communities To Survive

For small businesses, New York can be a city of unique challenges and opportunities. For bookstores, those challenges can be overwhelming. In the 50s, there were almost 400 bookstores in Manhattan. Now, less than quarter of that number remain. Stores are hoping to leverage the loyalty of their communities to survive. SCRIPT: GIACOBONE: Book Culture […]

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Epidemic of Evictions: The Root of Poverty

Evictions in New York City are down. According to tenant advocacy group Housing Court Answers – almost 20 percent from 2014.That’s the lowest they’ve been in a decade. The mayor credits new city programs aimed at helping low-income tenants. But as Tyler Pratt reports, many feel evictions are still a big problem, even, an epidemic.

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