A group called the Right to the City Coalition thinks so. They're calling for the city to take over buildings across the city that are left vacant.
Eileen Markey writes, "The alliance has targeted vacant condominiums as potential housing solutions for people without homes before. However this is the first time the group has produced a systematic census of empty buildings. Relying on member organizations such as Make the Road New York and Mothers on the Move, the group canvassed eight city neighborhoods with what members suspected were high concentrations of high end real estate sitting fallow."
Thanks to Nekoro Gomes