The shelter is named after the "Golden Girls" star, a supporter of the Ali Forney Center.
City Councilwomen Margaret Chin and Rosie Mendez said it was one of the biggest in their districts.
Tenants went back to court after their landlord failed to restore services by a court-ordered deadline.
Inspectors will post signs to let tenants know they've collected dust samples and will test for lead.
Tenants of four SMA Equities-owned buildings in the Lower East Side and Nolita are suing their landlord.
Local officials called on developer Jared Kushner to address tenants' concerns at 170-174 E. Second St.
The state filed a subpoena as part of an investigation of Marolda Properties, which owns 70 buildings.
Cooper Square Mutual Housing Association has vacancies in about a dozen co-op apartments.
Residents of Knickerbocker Village are considering a rent strike after two weeks in the dark and cold.
More than $3 million in funding will be used to renovate the building into a home for up to 18 youths.
A letter by author Salman Rushdie is among tens of thousands of petitions set to be delivered to the Cooper Union Tuesday asking the school to reduce the St. Mark's Bookshop's rent, organizers said.
The nearly 35-year-old bookstore claims it needs a rent break from landlord the Cooper Union.
Tenant advocates still squared off with the board on Thursday while pushing for a rent freeze.
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