Image of off hour work email ban

Even with a law, would people put their phones down? (Source: Susan Jane Golding via Flickr Creative Commons)

Around NYC is a roundup of noteworthy local stories the StreetEasy editorial team read this week:

How the #MeToo movement could impact “starchitect” buildings and the luxury sales market in NYC (Curbed) — Curbed investigates how the real estate market responds when big-name architects are accused of sexual harassment.

Despite affordable housing shortage, nearly 250,000 apartments are unoccupied (New York Daily News) — The latest vacancy survey shows that some 247,977 NYC apartments sit unoccupied or scarcely used, making up what the Daily News calls a “Vacant City.”

Nearly 800 inmates awaiting bail are being housed in a floating jail on the edge of the Bronx (WNYC) — And you thought Rikers sounded bad.

Real estate ads on Facebook discriminate against certain minority groups, a new lawsuit argues (The New York Times) — A lawsuit brought by a group of fair housing advocates claims that the social media platform allows landlords and real estate brokers to unfairly exclude certain demographic groups.

The city will spend $1.1 billion to house homeless New Yorkers in commercial hotels over the next three years (New York Post) What was once an emergency plan to house the city’s homeless population has been formalized in an expensive three-year contract.

New law would make it illegal for employers to force staff to respond to email during off hours (NBC New York) — Coming soon, perhaps: the freedom to ignore your work email (and instant messages) all evening and weekend.

Queens is getting an Ample Hills Creamery (We Heart Astoria) — The insanely popular Brooklyn-based ice cream factory will continue its NYC expansion with a new storefront in Astoria this summer.

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