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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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Citizen-backed Projects Get City Council Funds

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town

Councilman Ben Kallos completes first round of participatory budgeting Upper East Side The results of Councilman Ben Kallos’ $1 million participatory budgeting program were recently announced by his office, with money going toward upgrading senior centers, bus stops and schools on the Upper East Side. This is Kallos’ first foray into participatory budgeting, where constituents [&hellip
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Mayor Takes On Affordable Housing

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

De Blasio’s housing initiative includes an investment of $41 billion Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a 10-year plan to expand and protect affordable housing in New York City. According to the mayor’s office, a $41 billion investment will yield 80,000 new and 120,000 preserved units of affordable housing in the next decade. The city will [&hellip
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