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NYC rent freeze during coronvirus pandemic? Not without relief for landlords, property owners say
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NYC rent freeze during coronvirus pandemic? Not without relief for landlords, property owners say

Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers suddenly out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic will have trouble paying rent next month - and landlords...

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Williams Sonoma temporarily closes stores due to coronavirus, will continue paying employees
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Williams Sonoma temporarily closes stores due to coronavirus, will continue paying employees

The home-goods giant said its North American locations will be shut down until April 2, and that its retail associates will be paid "as scheduled"...

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Disney shuts down hotels, stores amid coronavirus pandemic, after closing down theme parks
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Disney shuts down hotels, stores amid coronavirus pandemic, after closing down theme parks

Disney announced late Sunday that it will finally be closing its doors to the thousands of visitors that stay in its hotels and shop at its stores...

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Italy to close stores except for drug shops and grocery markets, prime minister says
News 2 weeks ago
Italy to close stores except for drug shops and grocery markets, prime minister says

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced Wednesday night that the coronavirus-stricken country will tighten its lockdown further, closing...

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Sticky-fingered thief replaces $11G diamond ring in Queens jewelry store with knockoff
News 2 weeks ago
Sticky-fingered thief replaces $11G diamond ring in Queens jewelry store with knockoff

A sticky-fingered crook who swiped an $11,000 diamond ring from a Queens jewelry store tried to cover his tracks by replacing the pricey bauble...

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Stuy Town, Peter Cooper Village sue to keep 6,000-plus Manhattan apartments rent-regulated
News 3 weeks ago
Stuy Town, Peter Cooper Village sue to keep 6,000-plus Manhattan apartments rent-regulated

Tenants in two sprawling East Side apartment complexes are suing their landlords to stop thousands of rent-regulated apartments from conversion to...

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More housing now...: Opponents derail badly needed apartments in Harlem and the Lower East Side
News 3 weeks ago
More housing now...: Opponents derail badly needed apartments in Harlem and the Lower East Side

If leaders started swinging wrecking balls at apartment buildings, there would be widespread outrage. So why is it okay for judges and politicians...

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N.Y. judge rules against luxury 'Two Bridges’ development that de Blasio had embraced
News 1 month ago
N.Y. judge rules against luxury 'Two Bridges’ development that de Blasio had embraced

A state judge barred a developer from building four high-rise towers that had been set to offer hundreds of pricey apartments. Activists had sued...

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NYCHA employment program gets last-minute budget boost from N.Y. Gov. Cuomo
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NYCHA employment program gets last-minute budget boost from N.Y. Gov. Cuomo

Gov. Cuomo made a last-minute tweak to the state budget Thursday that would require NYCHA to put its own residents first in line for construction...

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New York’s plastic bag ban plan has loopholes
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New York’s plastic bag ban plan has loopholes

ALBANY, N. Y. (AP) - New York retailers have begun giving up single-use plastic bags as the state prepares for the March 1 implementation of a ban...

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RAD is a raw deal for public housing: Well-intentioned program actually hikes rents, empowers landlords and fuels evictions
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RAD is a raw deal for public housing: Well-intentioned program actually hikes rents, empowers landlords and fuels evictions

Many groups have now jumped on the cause of saving public housing in New York City. But few dare to stand up to Mayor de Blasio, the man primarily...

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NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer floats Tenants Bill of Rights proposal
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NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer floats Tenants Bill of Rights proposal

City Comptroller Scott Stringer wants landlords to provide renters with a Tenants Bill of Rights at every lease signing - and he appears to be...

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N.Y. judge temporarily blocks regulation doing away with broker fees for renters
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N.Y. judge temporarily blocks regulation doing away with broker fees for renters

Last week, the NYS Department of State issued a guidance based on sweeping rent reforms passed by the Legislature last June. The state decided that...

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Breaking the brokers: A rushed-through rent regulation law may wipe out the middle-men aiding apartment seekers
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Breaking the brokers: A rushed-through rent regulation law may wipe out the middle-men aiding apartment seekers

After finally winning unchecked control of the Legislature last year, newly empowered Democrats in Albany hastily rewrote the city's complex rent...

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NYC’s powerful real estate lobby plans to lob lawsuit at state over broker fee bombshell
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NYC’s powerful real estate lobby plans to lob lawsuit at state over broker fee bombshell

Deep-pocketed real estate interests are planning to sue the state over a new rule prohibiting brokers from collecting rental fees from tenants. The...

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Buried booze flows from apartment taps in south India
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Buried booze flows from apartment taps in south India

Residents of an apartment complex in Kerala, India, were shocked when a combination of beer, brandy, rum and soil gushed from their bathroom and...

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Macy’s to cut 2,000 jobs, close 125 stores
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Macy’s to cut 2,000 jobs, close 125 stores

Macy's will cut 2,000 jobs and close about 125 stores in the next three years, the company announced Tuesday in a press release. Macy's described...

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Bill banning pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits gains traction
News 1 month ago
Bill banning pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits gains traction

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) and Assembly member Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan), aims to stop the "puppy mill pipeline"...

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Bronx kids endure mold nightmare as mom struggles with notorious landlord
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Bronx kids endure mold nightmare as mom struggles with notorious landlord

Bronx mom Shannon Terrell's two young children were diagnosed with mold poisoning in January after a months-long battle she waged with her landlord...

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The LaGuardia AirTrain makes sense: Gov. Cuomo’s Port Authority man defends the embattled plan
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The LaGuardia AirTrain makes sense: Gov. Cuomo’s Port Authority man defends the embattled plan

The AirTrain to LaGuardia as recommended by the Port Authority is the best, most realistic and greenest alternative to create reliable and quick...

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De Blasio admits he should pay more than $8,000 in property taxes for two Park Slope homes worth $3.7M
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De Blasio admits he should pay more than $8,000 in property taxes for two Park Slope homes worth $3.7M

Hizzoner said he's OK paying more in property taxes after a commission recommended a major overhaul of the system that would change Hizzoner's...

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The Penn Station we need and deserve
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The Penn Station we need and deserve

Gov. Cuomo's plan to complete the ongoing transformation of Penn Station is a major step forward for New York City and the millions of office...

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Economic development, babies and bathwater
News 2 months ago
Economic development, babies and bathwater

In the 11 months since Amazon decided to withdraw its plans for a headquarters in Long Island City, there has been an on-again, off-again debate...

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A fairer way to rezone Gowanus: Funnel some funds into NYCHA developments in the area
News 2 months ago
A fairer way to rezone Gowanus: Funnel some funds into NYCHA developments in the area

We are New Yorkers who have lived in Wyckoff Gardens apartments in the Gowanus neighborhood for 38 and 53 years, respectively. We love where we...

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Veto the cashless store ban, mayor: This innovation is good for New York
News 2 months ago
Veto the cashless store ban, mayor: This innovation is good for New York

The New York City Council just passed a bill banning "cashless stores," and Mayor de Blasio should veto it. New York should continue to reach out...

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NY lawmakers propose real estate tax on investors to boost public housing funds
News 2 months ago
NY lawmakers propose real estate tax on investors to boost public housing funds

ALBANY ― New York lawmakers want to close a legal loophole that allows deep-pocketed real estate investors to avoid paying taxes. Sen. Julia...

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NYC stores must accept cash payment under bill set to pass Council Thursday
News 2 months ago
NYC stores must accept cash payment under bill set to pass Council Thursday

Food and retail stores in New York City will have to accept cash payment later this year under legislation the Council is set to pass Thursday. The...

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Fairway Market denies reports that it will shutter 14 stores, file for bankruptcy
News 2 months ago
Fairway Market denies reports that it will shutter 14 stores, file for bankruptcy

Fairway Market on Wednesday denied reports that the iconic New York grocer will shut down 14 of its stores and file for bankruptcy. "Despite...

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Readers sound off on Arthur Avenue gentrification, ‘Sickos’ and the Mets
News 2 months ago
Readers sound off on Arthur Avenue gentrification, ‘Sickos’ and the Mets

Bronx: We have an issue with gentrification on Arthur Ave. caused by growth of Fordham University's campus, which is creating a need for more...

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Cappuccino In the Hood: Starbucks plans to open more stores in lower income areas
News 2 months ago
Cappuccino In the Hood: Starbucks plans to open more stores in lower income areas

The Seattle-based coffee giant revealed a plan to open or remodel 85 stores by 2024 in rural and urban communities across the United States, the...

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