Why New York’s Rent is So Expensive

And How Well Intentioned Policy Is Making It Worse

Coby Lefkowitz
14 min readJun 30, 2022

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New York City is an expensive place to live. This much is obvious. But in the last 6 months as the city has emerged from the doldrums of Covid-19, this feels especially true.

While there was a brief period between May of 2020 through the fall of 2021 where rents remained below previous highs…

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Coby Lefkowitz

Urbanist, Developer, Writer, & Optimist working to create more beautiful, sustainable, healthy, equitable and people-oriented places.