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In the News: Co-Housing Plan for Empty Office Buildings (WNYC)

Listen to the full story on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show. — Summary: Grace Rauh, executive director of the think tank 5BORO Institute, and Howard Slatkin, executive director at Citizens Housing and Planning Council, talk about the new report from 5BORO for “flexible co-housing” conversions from office buildings.

In the News: 5BORO Institute releases new report on innovative office-to-housing conversion plan (NY1)

Watch the full interview on NY1. — Excerpt: As office vacancy rates skyrocket and available affordable housing continues to decrease, advocates and the city are looking for new ways to combat New York’s ever-growing housing crisis. While the Adams administration has been pushing to turn empty offices in Midtown into new homes, developers and landlords […]

In the News: Will New Yorkers Move Into Homes With Shared Kitchens and Baths? (The New York Times)

Read the full story on The New York Times. — Excerpt: What if you lived in an apartment that did not have its own kitchen or bathroom? A New York think tank called the 5Boro Institute says such apartments could put a dent in two crises the city is facing — the chronic shortage of […]

5BORO Institute Releases Proposal to Create More Affordable Homes Through Office-to-Residential Conversions

IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: New York, NY — Today, the 5BORO Institute released its report, Flexible Co-Living: Advancing a New Housing Model for Office-to-Residential Conversions in NYC. The report proposes a new housing model, called Flexible Co-Living, that eases barriers to housing development and helps provide a viable path to make office-to-residential conversions more […]

5BORO mourns the loss of Dick Ravitch, legendary civic leader in NYC and 5BORO co-founder

The 5BORO Institute mourns the loss of Richard Ravitch, 5BORO co-founder and board co-chair. New York City lost a champion and civic giant with the passing of Dick on Sunday. He always believed in the power of New York and never stopped fighting for the city he loved. Dick was deeply committed to the future […]

5BORO Institute Releases Roadmap to Address Municipal Staffing Shortage

IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: New York, NY – Today, the 5BORO Institute released its inaugural report Solving the Staffing Crisis: Saving City Government for New Yorkers, proposing a series of recommendations to address retention, recruitment, and internal workforce policies to rightsize City government. New York City government is facing a staffing crisis. Municipal employees […]

Grace Rauh Named Executive Director of NYC Think Tank 5BORO Institute

The 5BORO Institute, a cutting-edge think tank that will advance equitable and creative solutions to New York City’s most challenging problems, announced today that award-winning political journalist and communications leader Grace Rauh is the nonprofit’s first executive director.