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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Letters: The Carriage Debate Gallops On

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

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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In His Prime

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

Kosher restaurant owner and butcher carries on family business Financial District In 2000, 12-year-old Albert Allaham emigrated from his native Syria to New York City to live with his brother in Brooklyn, leaving not only his parents and remaining siblings behind, but his legacy as well. For four generations, Allaham’s family worked as butchers in [&hellip
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Editorial: Keeping Small Businesses Alive

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

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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A Woman Whose Place is in the Kitchen

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

Marea’s Chef du Cuisine dishes on her no-frill approach to a successful culinary career At just eight years old, Lauren DeSteno knew she wanted to become a chef. One of her specialties was spaghetti and meatballs for her older siblings and their friends as they came home from college. Now, at 31, she has brought [&hellip
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