Posts Tagged ‘NYC’

City Holds Contest, Wants to Cram More New Yorkers Into Tiny Spaces

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Remember Geico’s reality show spoof commercial “Tiny House”? It may be turning into even more of a reality for solitary New Yorkers who could find themselves living a little more like Alice in Wonderland after imbibing the growing potion. Or, the City could simply be updating itself to resemble living situations in comparable cities worldwide. [&hellip
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One Language Disappears Every 14 Days, New York City Plays an Unforeseen Role

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by Alissa Fleck In its series “Vanishing Voices,” National Geographic reports one language dies every fourteen days. By the next century, the magazine predicts, half of the 7,000 languages spoken on Earth will be gone altogether. Small communities are increasingly abandoning their native languages in favor of the much more widely-spoken English, Spanish and Mandarin. [&hellip
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Who’s Really Behind That Furry Costume? A Look at NYC’s Elmo Impersonators

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An Elmo impersonator was arrested and subsequently hospitalized Sunday outside the Central Park Zoo for shouting, among other things, anti-Semitic obscenities at passersby. (by Alissa Fleck) An investigation into Elmo’s background uncovered the man, who gave the name Adam Sandler, formerly ran a Cambodian pornography site. Additionally, Gothamist revealed Elmo-gone-crazy-in-the-park is by no means an [&hellip
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Cell Phone Storage Companies Profit While Students Hurt

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Is there a better target for robbery than a shady van filled with thousands of cellphones? That’s just one complication that arises when considering the city’s perplexing cell phone storage procedure for high school students. Cell phones are banned in city schools—probably with good reason—but students who attend schools with metal detectors, and want cellphones [&hellip
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Comptroller Liu Calls for a Rent Freeze

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New York City Comptroller John Liu is calling for a rent freeze in the city. Liu, who is running for mayor, attributes his proposal to “economically challenging times” and delays in building affordable housing, Capital New York reports. In his June 15th letter to the Rent Guidelines Board, Liu cites the City’s 9.7 percent unemployment [&hellip
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NYC Food Carts: Behind the Scenes of New Regulations

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in Blog, Breaking News, Business, Eat & Drink, Uncategorized

Despite the unappetizing nickname “street meat,” food carts are an extremely popular snack and meal option in the City. They range from basic coffee or pretzel carts to elaborate, gourmet food trucks with their own Yelp pages and faithful customers who have no qualms about waiting in line for—what could be—hours. Now the Department of [&hellip
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City Planning Commission Approves NYU’s Massive Village Expansion

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The City Planning Commission voted today to approve NYU’s massive proposed Village expansion plan, sending the proposal on to the City Council. (by Alissa Fleck) NYU’s proposal encompasses 2.5 million square feet of land—the equivalent of the Empire State Building—just south of Washington Square Park, a press release details. The plan would “overturn neighborhood zoning [&hellip
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