Activists, officials rally against Air BnB

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Elected officials and community groups converged at City Hall to demand better regulation of illegal hotels Affordable housing advocates, community groups and elected officials rallied last week against the apartment sharing startup Airbnb, which they claim is violating state law and contributing to New York’s illegal hotel problem. The rally was a kickoff to the [&hellip
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Seawright Wins Primary for Upper East Side Assembly Seat

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Seawright, center, campaigning earlier today with Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. Rebecca Seawright has won the Democratic primary for the 76th Assembly district, representing the Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island, according to preliminary results from the New York State Board of Elections, with 86 percent of precincts reporting. With the latest results showing that she took 46 percent of the vote, Seawright will now run in the primary race [&hellip
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Kids from Afar on 9/11, Now Adult New Yorkers

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Young New Yorkers may not have been here in 2001, but the anniversary of the terrorist attacks still resonates By Adelle Brodbeck The events of September 11, 2001, are forever part of New York City’s identity. So too, is the fact that the city is constantly in flux, with more newcomers every day, every minute. [&hellip
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OP-ED: Joan Rivers and The Humor of Everything

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

Joan Rivers was the most interesting person I ever interviewed for these newspapers. But I wound up writing her a letter of apology. When I talked to her for a piece here about five years ago, I challenged her about whether the jokes in her act about sick people and old people were really funny. [&hellip
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Slow-Roasted Success for Local Coffee Chain

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

The founders of Birch Coffee let their business plan percolate and are ready to expand Jeremy Lyman, co-founder of Birch Coffee, readily compares his company to that of a famous – if fictional – drug kingpin. Birch Coffee is about to celebrate the opening of its fourth location on the Upper East Side on Sept. [&hellip
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Literary Legend Shaken & Stirred Back to Life

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

  In his new book, Justin Martin takes us into the scintillating world of Pfaff’s saloon in the 19th century The corner of Broadway and Bleecker was once home to a subterranean bar where wit and rebellion was just as important as lager. What happened in Pfaff’s saloon in the 1850s is stuff of literary [&hellip
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Eleventh Hour in East Side Assembly Race

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

Democratic Assembly candidates on the Upper East Side make last ditch effort to come out on top Upper East Side A day before voters go to the polls, the four Democratic candidates vying to replace Assemblyman Micah Kellner on the Upper East Side are pulling out all the stops and preparing their Primary Day strategies. [&hellip
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A Bookstore Not to Be

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

Shakespeare & Co. Booksellers takes its final bow on Broadway When Margot Liddell started in 1987 as the manager of the new Shakespeare & Co. Booksellers on lower Broadway, near New York University, not even the books were safe in the now-upscale NoHo neighborhood. “It was wild,” Liddell said about the neighborhood in her low, [&hellip
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The State Assembly Race: A Pre-Election Primer

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Assembly_Christensen c_fmt Gus Christensen Resume • Former investment banker and hedge fund manager for 20 years • Wife, Courtney, pregnant with first child. “We’re very excited,” said Christensen. • Has never run for elected office • Endorsements: Lenox Hill Democratic Club, New York Times, Citizens Union Strengths Christensen’s main advantage is his deep understanding of the world [&hellip
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