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Mississippi community baffled by mashed potatoes mysteriously appearing on people’s doorsteps
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Mississippi community baffled by mashed potatoes mysteriously appearing on people’s doorsteps

Neighbors at a historic neighborhood in Jackson are scratching their heads this week after someone mysteriously dropped off bowls of mashed...

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Racist planning shaped our city; conscientious planning can help undo its mistakes
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Racist planning shaped our city; conscientious planning can help undo its mistakes

Today is the 51st anniversary of the federal Fair Housing Act, and New York City is debating adding a comprehensive planning requirement to its...

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New York lawmakers vow to pass sweeping set of pro-tenant polices as they tackle rent regulations
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New York lawmakers vow to pass sweeping set of pro-tenant polices as they tackle rent regulations

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) unveiled a wide-ranging platform on Tuesday intended to strengthen rent regulation laws and implement...

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De Blasio donor is a chief architect behind city’s $173 million real estate deal with shady landlord
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De Blasio donor is a chief architect behind city’s $173 million real estate deal with shady landlord

For three months, Mayor de Blasio and two notorious landlords have hidden the fact that a chief architect behind a controversial $173 million land...

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De Blasio taps Vicki Been to lead troubled public housing agency
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De Blasio taps Vicki Been to lead troubled public housing agency

Mayor de Blasio announced Thursday that Vicki Been - his former head of Housing Preservation and Development - will be his new deputy mayor. Been...

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Speaker Heastie says Albany lawmakers ‘laser-focused’ on rent regulations
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Speaker Heastie says Albany lawmakers ‘laser-focused’ on rent regulations

ALBANY - Lawmakers in the state capital are going to be "laser-focused" on rent regulations in the coming weeks of the legislative sessions,...

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Enlarge Manhattan, and develop the land: De Blasio avoids mentioning the obvious way to pay for a necessary way to combat climate change
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Enlarge Manhattan, and develop the land: De Blasio avoids mentioning the obvious way to pay for a necessary way to combat climate change

Last week, Mayor de Blasio announced a series of interventions to protect lower Manhattan from the impacts of climate change, since much of it...

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Department of Finance snafu means some miss deadline to save on property taxes
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Department of Finance snafu means some miss deadline to save on property taxes

Bad information from the Department of Finance means that some New Yorkers missed their chance to apply for property tax exemptions that could save...

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NYC moves to turn basement apartments into legal, safe, affordable housing, but renters worry increases aren't far behind
News 3 months ago
NYC moves to turn basement apartments into legal, safe, affordable housing, but renters worry increases aren't far behind

Marlene Hernandez moved from her two-bedroom apartment in Bushwick to an illegal basement apartment in East New York two years ago out of necessity...

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Brooklyn man has too many books in home of 46 years, says landlord who wants him out
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Brooklyn man has too many books in home of 46 years, says landlord who wants him out

Ben Hammer could probably write a tome about the 46 years he has spent in his Brooklyn apartment, but he wouldn't have anywhere to put it. The...

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Lynne Patton resumes NYCHA tour at Queensbridge Houses ahead of federal monitor
News 3 months ago
Lynne Patton resumes NYCHA tour at Queensbridge Houses ahead of federal monitor

Lynne Patton's NYCHA tour resumed Wednesday in Queens, where residents got what they said was a rare treat - a visit from from a pair of...

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NYC sued to protect Little Italy's Elizabeth Street Garden
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NYC sued to protect Little Italy's Elizabeth Street Garden

The Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden filed a lawsuit Wednesday in a bid to save the garden and sculpture sanctuary in Little Italy from getting...

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Neighbors reportedly rally to push dominatrix out of her Brooklyn business
News 3 months ago
Neighbors reportedly rally to push dominatrix out of her Brooklyn business

She's used to being in charge, but a Brooklyn dominatrix said she feels handcuffed over a neighbor's efforts to push her out of the community....

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Kohl's to start leasing store space to Planet Fitness
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Kohl's to start leasing store space to Planet Fitness

Kohl's started a similar program with supermarket chain Aldi last year, another tactic thought up by CEO Michelle Gass. Kohl's has over 1,100...

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Ocasio-Cortez opens new Queens district office, revisits Amazon issue
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Ocasio-Cortez opens new Queens district office, revisits Amazon issue

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez seemed to soften her stance against Amazon on Monday, telling reporters she has no "personal animus" toward the tech...

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Cuomo's expensive misstep: He's not investing today in ensuring a full Census count for 2020
News 3 months ago
Cuomo's expensive misstep: He's not investing today in ensuring a full Census count for 2020

When Amazon announced they were pulling their new HQ2 from New York, taking with it the promise of billions of dollars in new revenue, many in the...

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Man charged with sending phony 'anthrax' letters to N.Y., Conn. courts and offices
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Man charged with sending phony 'anthrax' letters to N.Y., Conn. courts and offices

ALBANY - Police have arrested a man who they say sent anthrax hoax letters to federal offices and courts in New York and Connecticut. Federal...

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After the Amazon implosion: How all sides can be more responsible the next time a big company offers New York jobs with tax breaks in the balance
News 3 months ago
After the Amazon implosion: How all sides can be more responsible the next time a big company offers New York jobs with tax breaks in the balance

Every component of New York's leadership class - including politicians, activists, the business community and organized labor - should vow to never...

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Homes, not hotels: The city is within its rights to subpoena thousands of Airbnb listings, provided it focuses its enforcement on bad actors
News 3 months ago
Homes, not hotels: The city is within its rights to subpoena thousands of Airbnb listings, provided it focuses its enforcement on bad actors

New York City regulators have issued a sweeping subpoena demanding Airbnb turn over thousands of listings suspected to be up for illegal short-term...

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Queens residents say Amazon's sudden departure means borough lost the chance to do 'something great'
News 4 months ago
Queens residents say Amazon's sudden departure means borough lost the chance to do 'something great'

Queens lost the chance to do "something great" as Amazon turned its back on the borough in the face of political opposition, local leaders and...

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Judge dismisses butterfly sanctuary lawsuit against border wall across its property, makes restraining order moot
News 4 months ago
Judge dismisses butterfly sanctuary lawsuit against border wall across its property, makes restraining order moot

A federal judge in Washington on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit filed by the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) attempting to halt expedited...

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Business leaders grouse over loss as Amazon and locals mixed on death of deal
News 4 months ago
Business leaders grouse over loss as Amazon and locals mixed on death of deal

Amazon's about-face resonated well beyond New York City's political class Thursday - with business leaders bemoaning the loss of jobs and local...

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Toys R Us plans second act by holiday season
News 4 months ago
Toys R Us plans second act by holiday season

Richard Barry, a former Toys R Us executive and now CEO of the new company called Tru Kids Brands, told The Associated Press he and his team are...

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Don't scare Amazon away, NYC: Misinformation is fueling fearmongering; we need its jobs and the economic benefit to the wider city
News 4 months ago
Don't scare Amazon away, NYC: Misinformation is fueling fearmongering; we need its jobs and the economic benefit to the wider city

New Yorkers love political theater, but at what cost? Are we really prepared to blow up a deal with Amazon, made by our governor and mayor, that...

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Sears controversial ex-chairman saves the day with deal to keep 425 stores open in bankrupt department chain
News 4 months ago
Sears controversial ex-chairman saves the day with deal to keep 425 stores open in bankrupt department chain

Sears, the once vaunted and now bankrupt retailer whose customers were often kids eagerly awaiting the thick catalog that they'd get their back-to...

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HUD administrator Lynne Patton to spend a month living in NYCHA buildings
News 4 months ago
HUD administrator Lynne Patton to spend a month living in NYCHA buildings

Department of Housing and Urban Development regional administrator Lynne Patton announced Sunday that she's planning to spend four weeks living in...

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Long Island mom spent 10 years chasing Trump mortgage company for $300G commission
News 4 months ago
Long Island mom spent 10 years chasing Trump mortgage company for $300G commission

A Long Island mother of three has been chasing the Trump mortgage company for the last 10 years trying to collect the court-ordered $300,000...

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Cuomo calls NYCHA deal disappointing and a political face-saver
News 4 months ago
Cuomo calls NYCHA deal disappointing and a political face-saver

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, left, and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio exchange pens after doing a ceremonial signing of an...

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HUD boss Ben Carson says de Blasio's reputation hinges on NYCHA turnaround
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HUD boss Ben Carson says de Blasio's reputation hinges on NYCHA turnaround

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, left, and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson comment after signing an agreement about New York City...

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HUD teases a 'huge' announcement for NYCHA ahead of consent decree deadline
News 4 months ago
HUD teases a 'huge' announcement for NYCHA ahead of consent decree deadline

HUD Secretary Ben Carson is pictured touring the Queensbridge North Houses, the nation's largest public housing development, in December. (Luiz C....

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