Some quotes from the Daily News and NY Times from tenants angry about proposed increases of 7.5% to their rent controlled apartments this year and next year (for a total of 15%):

– "You're talking to me like I'm in an insane asylum!" – Paula Glatzer to the associate commissioner of the New York State Division of Housing and Community
– "My landlord would like to see me drop dead." – Marvin Oltarsh, who has lived in his rent-controlled apartment on W. 54th St. for 40 years.
– "I'm living like a dog,." – 80 year old Frederick Marshall.

David W. Chen's from the Times has an explanation of rent controlled vs. rent stabilized and other nuances, including how two–thirds of rent controlled tenants are over age 60. It's still very complicated, though.