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Those Flooded Basement Apartments are a Deadly Part of the Housing Crisis

Deborah Torres, right, talks to police officers in Queens, where three people died after their basement apartment flooded. Photo: Mary Altaffer/AP/Shutterstock Eight of the nine people who died during the Hurricane Ida floods last night were exactly where emergency alerts told them was the safest place to be: their homes. Specifically, they were in their own basement apartments in Queens and in one case, Brooklyn. Only one of the buildings, at 61–20 Grand Central Parkway, was located in an area that was a “special flood hazard area,” according to Department of Buildings records,...

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After Fears of a Pandemic Undercount, Census Numbers for NYC Are Way Up

Photo: Ed Jones/AFP via Getty Images When the 2020 Census count began in New York last year, the pandemic had spurred an exodus, in-person outreach was limited, and the Trump administration crunched down the survey period by a month. Everyone expected an undercount, and officials were braced for a hit to the city’s finances and Congressional presence. In the end, perhaps the Census didn’t count everyone — we’ll never know for sure — but the New York City numbers were higher than expected, and by quite a lot. The population surged by more than 600,000 over the past decade, to...

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