Ticket me Elmo? City mulls law for impersonators

Written by Verena Dobnik on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

The City is considering ways to crack down on aggressive character impersonators in Times Square City officials are turning up the heat on Elmo, Cookie Monster and Statue of Liberty impersonators — Times Square costumed characters who often demand money for posing in photos with tourists. The city wants to rein in a summertime spike [&hellip
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Thieves got into 1K StubHub accounts

Written by Jennifer Peltz on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown

NYC officials say that a Russian-led international crime ring is behind the breach into the popular ticketing website’s operations Some of the hottest tickets in town — to Broadway hits, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake concerts — went to an international ring of cyber thieves who took over more than 1,000 StubHub users’ accounts to fraudulently [&hellip
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Chinatown Lawyer To Head N.Y. State Bar

Written by Mary Kekatos on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown

Glenn Lau-Kee was elected the 117th president of the state bar association last month Glenn Lau-Kee, a partner at the downtown law firm Kee & Lau-Kee, assumed the office of president of the New York State Bar Association, making him the group’s 117th, and first Asian-American, president. Lau-Kee’s father, Norman Lau Kee, who founded the [&hellip
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OP-ED: Working for Affordable Housing, Piece By Piece

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

By Margaret Chin Like many other housing advocates, I applauded and was heartened by the July 10 announcement that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration had by that point financed more than 8,700 units of affordable housing across the city. And, like the mayor, I’m passionate about working to achieve his goal of building or preserving [&hellip
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LETTER: A Counterpoint on the Frick

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

To the Editor: Re: Ian Alterman’s “In Favor Of The Frick Expansion” (July 24). My good friend but sometime-nemesis Ian Alterman — a fine fellow, really, and a model of engaged citizenry — is, I am certain, as he says, “a huge fan of the Frick.” But to this preservationist, the way to preserve, protect, [&hellip
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LETTER: The Menace of Helicopter Traffic

Written by Our Town on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, Opinion Our Town

A letter in response to our July 24 article, “Tourist Thrill Become a Residential Nuisance,” on tourist helicopters downtown: I live by the East 34th St. Heliport facing the river and United Nations. I’m outside on my terrace daily. The helicopters are going back and forth every few seconds. I have to take anxiety medicine [&hellip
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Amping Up The Fight Over Poor Doors

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

Elected officials and housing advocates say Extell exploiting loophole with separate building entrances Extell Development is facing a new round of criticism after its plan to include a separate entrance for low-income residents at its Upper West Side development project was approved by the city’s Deptartment of Housing Preservation and Development. Extell is building a [&hellip
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Closing Time For Now

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

  In a surprise move, New Amsterdam founder announces end of popular monthly market Robert LaValva appears to have given up. The founder and director of the New Amsterdam Market announced via email last week that the market is closing effective immediately, and that the last one was held in its location on South Street [&hellip
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Tourist Thrill Becomes a Residential Nuisance

Written by Mary Kekatos on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown

Residents are incensed by near-constant noise from tourist helicopters Battery Park City Lower Manhattan is drowning in sound. Neighbors surrounding popular launching and landing pads for helicopters say that the constant chopper noise is practically unbearable, and they want the city to do something about it. On a recent Monday, five helicopters in a row [&hellip
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Neighborhood News Check

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

Fines set for illegal Chinatown Buses By August 15, the New York City Police Department and the Department of Transportation will begin issuing fines for illegal long-distance Chinatown buses, reported DNAinfo.com. Some rules that could result in fines include: operating without permits, stopping outside of approved zone or deviating from schedule. The NYPD will be [&hellip
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