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Taking Stock on the Upper West Side

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News West Side Spirit

Lincoln Square BID holds its 17th annual meeting, talks of cutting through red tape Lincoln Square “Seven snowstorms, 56 inches of snow, it was an amazing winter,” said Monica Blum, President of the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District. “It was really a terrible winter, as we all know.” Blum was recapping the seventh snowiest winter [&hellip
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A Move to End Unequal Perks

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town, News West Side Spirit

City council members drafting legislation to prevent unequal access to amenities in apartment buildings Following several recent reports of buildings on the Upper West Side that bar rent-regulated tenants from using amenities such as gyms, playrooms and roof gardens, City Council members Corey Johnson and Mark Levine are drafting legislation that would prevent such discrimination. [&hellip
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Not-So-Affordable Housing

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

Tenants say a city agency is unfairly allowing landlords to overcharge Section 8 tenants in Hell’s Kitchen Hell’s Kitchen Residents of affordable housing usually are charged a set portion of their income for rent; it’s what ensures that the units retain their affordability, regardless of inflation. Section 8 tenants in Hell’s Kitchen said they’ve been [&hellip
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Air BnB-eware

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown

Increasing number of eviction proceedings stemming from use of apartment-sharing websites Many New Yorkers have probably noticed the apartment-sharing startup Air BnB in the news lately. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman subpoenaed the company for records of users he believes are using it to illegally book apartments. Air BnB is fighting the subpoena, saying that [&hellip
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S.L.A. Fields Community Board Questions

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown

  Joint meeting held to discuss liquor license application and renewal guidelines Soho Officials from the State Liquor Authority met with members of the three downtown community boards to discuss the liquor licensing process and communication concerns between the authority and the community. In Community Board 1 alone, said chair Catherine McVay-Hughes, the board reviewed [&hellip
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Unequal Access Rankles Tenants

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News West Side Spirit

Another Upper West Side building denying rent-regulated tenants access to amenities Upper West Side In another example of high-end buildings giving some low-rate renters short shrift, rent-regulated tenants at 845 West End Avenue recently told the West Side Spirit they do not have access to the building’s fitness center like their market-rate co-op owning counterparts [&hellip
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Town Hall in a Squall

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News West Side Spirit

Upper West Siders brave a downpour for a rapid-fire meeting with city agencies and officials Upper West Side How do you address dozens of questions put to you and representatives of city government from Upper West Side residents in just two hours? The short answer is, you don’t. Despite a number of empty seats at [&hellip
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