Chelsea—The Real Rent Reform Campaign and a cluster of heavy-hearted New York City residents gathered at Chelsea’s Apostle Church on Tuesday morning, forming a Tent City in order to show how the city might look if rent laws are not renewed. The group set up a couple of tents, and sleeping bags were scattered around the green space of the church. A candlelight vigil began at 8 p.m. and the group camped out all night to show that if rent laws are not strengthened and allowed to expire, tenants would be on the streets.
This event followed several other “Tent City” events in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn as tenant advocates have stepped up the campaigning before the June 15 deadline. On that date, the state’s rent laws offering rent regulation will sunset and tenants have been pushing hard for those laws to be extended and strengthened. On Wednesday, members of the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association headed to Albany to lobby for the strengthening of the laws.
Photos by Heather Holland/Town & Village