To Help End the Housing Crisis, Less Parking is More, New RPA Report Says "A trio of housing experts and urban planners at the RPA analyzed data from thousands of new housing units built across the five boroughs before and after a 2016 zoning change that eliminated the mandatory minimum parking rules in transit-rich areas, and found that more units were created in areas where the minimum requirement had been waived." (Streetsblog NYC)

'Conversational' seating to disappear on NYC subways as MTA buys new train cars "The new trains have fixed benches and folding benches on both sides, as well as extra space at the end of the car with no seating at all." (Gothamist)

Could New York City Buses Become Free for All? "Funding MTA as a vital utility could lessen the reliance on fares and boost mass transit, say some of the authority’s board members." (The City)

‘Get stuff built’: Latest Mayor Adams initiative aims to supercharge housing construction in New York "According to Adams, if all of the proposals in Get Stuff Built, which is laid out in a report of the same name, are enacted, housing project timelines in the city will be sped up by 50% – leading to the creation of 50,000 additional homes over the next decade." (amNY)

Manhattan renters face sticker shock with average rent at $5,200 "The median rent for a Manhattan apartment in November hit $4,033, up from $3,964 in October, according to a report from Douglas Elliman and Miller Samuel." (CNBC)