Partial Vacate Order for Illegal Hotel

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Tourists who booked hotel rooms in an Upper West Side brownstone might have to check in at a more established hotel, following a partial vacate order issued by the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement. The building, 262 W. 73rd St., between Broadway and West End Avenue, has both rent-stabilized and rent-controlled apartments
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H+H Owner Indicted

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Helmer Toro, the owner of legendary H+H Bagels, was indicted and charged with tax fraud on Nov. 18. Outgoing Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau said the bagel magnate stole withholding taxes—taxes taken out of employees’ paychecks—and evaded unemployment insurance tax. The tax charges are in connection with H+H Bagels’ retail store at 2239 Broadway and [&hellip
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Changing Lanes

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The pedestrian-cyclist-driver saga is familiar to anyone living in Manhattan today. Pedestrians loathe bicyclists who break traffic laws. At public transportation meetings, some residents have called for bicyclists to get licenses, like drivers. Bicyclists, meanwhile, say they just want a safe place to ride, away from motorists, who in turn often see bikers as a [&hellip
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Good Enough to Reopen

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When a Con Edison inspector detected several gas leaks in the building that houses Good Enough to Eat, 483 Amsterdam Ave., gas was shut off to all six stories on Oct. 29. Owner Carrie Levin thought the eatery would be out of service for just a day or two. Instead, a nine-day ordeal of back-and-forths [&hellip
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Apple on B’way

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Apple will be opening its fourth Manhattan retail store on Nov. 14 on the Upper West Side. The three-story store, at the corner of Broadway and West 67th Street, is just steps away from Lincoln Center and the Juilliard School. The store will incorporate looks from its Fifth Avenue glass cube design, as well as [&hellip
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Honest Abe in the Big Apple

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Two years ago, noted historian and author Harold Holzer was asked to create a “wish list” of artifacts for an upcoming Lincoln bicentennial exhibition at the New-York Historical Society. After careful reflection, Holzer handed Louise Mirrer, the society’s president, a list of rare Lincoln artifacts and documents. Holzer, who splits his time between Rye, N.Y. [&hellip
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Four More Years

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg celebrates his reelection on Nov. 3. The contest was much closer than pollsters had predicted, with the mayor earning a 5-point victory over Democratic contender William Thompson. Democrats Bill de Blasio (public advocate) and John Liu (comptroller), however, crushed their GOP opponents. And Council members Jessica Lappin and Dan Garodnick cruised to [&hellip
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NEW CHAIR FOR COMMUNITY BOARD

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Mel Wymore was elected chair of Community Board 7 last week. Helen Rosenthal, who led the board for two one-year terms, was barred by term limits from running again. Wymore likely made a bit a civic history by becoming the first transgender chair of a community board. The Arizona native, who moved to the Upper [&hellip
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POLICE TRAINING FOR ANIMAL CRUELTY

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After the high-profile animal abuse case that landed pro-footballer Michael Vick in jail for his dog-fighting ring, local police will soon receive training in how to spot and effectively enforce animal cruelty laws. Gov. David Paterson signed a bill into law that allows the Municipal Police Training Council to develop procedures for police to investigate [&hellip
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