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Letter: Air BnB Still Flouting Laws

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A reader argues that the apartment-sharing service is still operating illegally even if it complies with tax law, in response to our story “Air BnB-ware,” by Daniel Fitzsimmons, May 15, 2014 By Tom Cayler, West Side Neighborhood Alliance Upper West Side Airbnb suddenly wants to pay its taxes. It makes out that that is only [&hellip
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Letter: Derelict Landscaping at Gracie Mansion

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A reader says that sections of the historic mayoral residence’s lawn have been severely neglected By David B. Martin Upper East Side Please advise what I could do to to bring attention to the terrible condition of the hill at the foot of 89th East End Avenue, Gracie Mansion’s backyard. It’s turned into a dog [&hellip
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3 Tips for Choosing an Assisted-Living Home

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Expert advice on how to avoid the biggest mistakes when searching for retirement communities Seventy percent of people age 65 and older will need long-term care at some point in their lives, according to a 2014 study by CareScout. “But that doesn’t mean they have to sacrifice their quality of life,” says Peder Johnsen, CEO [&hellip
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Letter: Another Goodbye to a Local Mainstay

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Another Goodbye to a Local Mainstay A resident laments the loss of a neighborhood bodega By Lisa Klitses Upper East Side Today Lee’s Market closed. Lee’s Market is a bodega, if you will, that has been on our corner of First Avenue and East 78th Street since, at least, the 1980s. Their lease was up [&hellip
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Letters: The Carriage Debate Gallops On

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Readers weigh in on the controversial topic of carriage horses in Central Park Last week, we published an op-ed “The Argument For Banning Horse Carriages,” by Elizabeth Forel, president of the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages. She wrote in response to our original editorial, “Where are the reasonable people?” (May 1, 2014) which argued that [&hellip
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Editorial: Keeping Small Businesses Alive

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Every week, we hear, and publish, stories about small local businesses folding and packing up their storefronts, forced out by astronomical rent increases. While the ebb and flow of businesses based on community needs is a normal part of urban life, the closures of late go beyond supply-and-demand market forces. Even highly successful boutiques, restaurants [&hellip
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Sports Camp Trends

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Many camps offer a focus on sports that can benefit even non-athletic kids For children who have a passion for sports, specialty camp experiences with a sports focus can offer a variety of benefits. Regardless of a camp’s specialty area, it is the nature of camp to help children develop into caring, resilient, compassionate, independent [&hellip
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Fresh Air or Smoke and Mirrors?

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Public embraces ubiquitous new product before long-term health effects are known SOHO On the edge of the downtown neighborhood, The Henley Vaporium is an intimate hipster hangout with overstuffed chairs, exposed brick, friendly counter help — but no booze. Instead, the proprietors are peddling e-cigarettes, along with bottles of liquid nicotine ready to be plucked [&hellip
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