City Council Introduces Law to Crack Down on Illegal Hotels

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Speaker Quinn During Press Conference on Ilegal Hotels--William Alatriste New York City Council--Wiliam Alatriste New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, along with other elected officials, introduced a new legislation that would increase the fines and crack down the operation of illegal hotels throughout the city, at a hearing on Wednesday afternoon. Owners of residential single room occupancy buildings have been converting their properties into illegal hotels, by renting rooms to tourists at [&hellip
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Bill Thompson Asks to Table Soda Ban Proposal Day Before Vote

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Photo courtesy of Wiki Commons In a letter dated yesterday to New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Farley, mayoral candidate Bill Thompson asked the city to table a vote on the Bloomberg Administration’s proposed soda ban. The vote, which was scheduled to happen today following a board of health meeting scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., is expected to approve [&hellip
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Our Endorsements for Senate, Surrogate Court and Civil Court

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Olga Statz We Endorse… With the race for president dominating the airwaves these days, it’s sometimes difficult to remember that New York City has its own primary on Sept. 13, which includes several key state Senate seats as well as the two newest justices for Civil Court and Surrogate Court, important positions that seldom receive as much [&hellip
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Tornado Hit Queens and Brooklyn on Saturday

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Damage from the 2007 tornado in Brooklyn. Photo courtesy of Wiki Commons by Nora Bosworth While Saturday felt like just another—very—rainy day to most New Yorkers, for residents of Breezy Point, Queens it was an unexpected encounter with a cinematic twister. While the tornado was relatively weak, (the National Weather Service gave it a zero out of five on the Fujita scale), it still managed to terrify [&hellip
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West Side Artists Condemn Hydrofracking

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ws_yoko_fracking By Alissa Fleck Artists Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon and Mark Ruffalo, alongside longtime experts in the field, held a press conference today on the Upper West Side on Aug. 29 to promote Artists Against Fracking, an activist project with the aim of raising awareness about the ill effects of hydraulic fracturing (hydrofracking). Hydrofracking is a [&hellip
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Racism & Hate Speech on the Unofficial NYPD Message Board Following West Indian Day Parade

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(by Alissa Fleck) Various unofficial online NYPD discussion forums—including Facebook and the message board Thee Rant—have been an outlet for intense racism by NYPD officers in recent years. Gothamist reports last year numerous officers faced disciplinary action for hateful comments posted on Facebook following the West Indian Day Parade. The recent dismissal of Fishel Litzman, [&hellip
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Chelsea Market Upzoning Passes City Planning Commission, Moves to City Council

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The City Planning Commission voted today to approve an amended proposition by Jamestown Properties to upzone Chelsea Market. This plan allows for new structures to be built atop the 9th and 10th Ave ends of the complex, a modification zoning regulations currently prohibit, according to a statement by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation [&hellip
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