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Mayor de Blasio Signing Landlord Harassment Bill Into Law Today

Posted September 30, 2014 at 10:00 am

City Council unanimously approved a bill last week that strengthens penalties for landlords guilty of harassing tenants. Momentum is with the little guy, it seems, as Mayor de Blasio will sign the bill into law later this afternoon with a public ceremony. As previously reported, maximum penalty for offenders is increased from $5,000 per residential […]

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Why Chinatown Will Continue to Function as a Bus Terminal

Posted September 30, 2014 at 5:24 am

“Chinatown Bus enforcement is a top priority,” CO Captain Joseph Simonetti of the 7th Precinct acknowledged at this month’s community affairs meeting. His remark was timely given the recent hoopla over the gas-guzzling issue, also a platform priority for the year-old SPaCE block association. Recall that August 15 was the much-ballyhooed date that the 7th […]

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Black Hebrews Return to Delancey Street After 3-Year Hiatus

Posted September 29, 2014 at 9:22 am

For years, it was a sight for Saturdays. The robes, the preaching, the hate sermons. They usually congregated on either side of Delancey Street, videotaping the rhetoric but shunning the community invaded. Neighbors complained about these so-called Black Hebrews (reminiscent of 1980s Times Square), and then one day in 2011, they were banished. Or so […]

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Sixth Ward Makes Changes to Illegal Backyard; Public Will Not Hear License Renewal

Posted September 29, 2014 at 5:47 am

In response to grassroots action and negative media coverage, the Sixth Ward is seemingly on something of a defensive footing. But it’s still operating in a manner that has locals up in arms, and at all hours of the night. The quick refresher is that the seven-year-old establishment operates an allegedly illegal 90-seat rear yard. […]

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Siempre Verde Garden Threatened as New Residential Development Proposed

Posted September 26, 2014 at 5:35 am

Siempre Verde Garden - “the youngest garden on the LES” – just attained its GreenThumb status from the city over a year ago. Volunteers hoped through consistent and positive use, it would become a permanent neighborhood addition. The park had further attained support from Parks and Recreation and a grant from the Citizens Committee of NYC. All […]

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When Leonard Cohen’s ‘Famous Blue Raincoat’ Was Stolen from 179 Stanton Street

Posted September 24, 2014 at 9:19 am

New York is cold, but I like where I’m living / There’s music on Clinton Street all through the evening. -Leonard Cohen, “Famous Blue Raincoat” This softly-spoken lyrical couplet opens the classic Leonard Cohen ballad, “Famous Blue Raincoat,” which originally appeared on his third effort, Songs of Love and Hate (1971). But why is the storied […]

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City Council Passes Bill to Publicly Shame Landlords Who Harass Tenants

Posted September 24, 2014 at 5:22 am

For the most egregious slumlords out there, consequences are finally starting to snowball. City Council is now paying attention to the plight of tenants that must contend with harassment by speculative landlords. Those who make life a living hell in order to boot tenants and raise rents. Think Samy Mahfar, Steve Croman, Ben Shaoul, and […]

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Trippin’ Balls in Chinatown on a Monday Morning [VIDEO]

Posted September 23, 2014 at 9:20 am

Boogie tipster DoubleShift sends along this hilarious video shot yesterday morning. It’s a total WTF moment in which we watch a group of restless folks in Straus Square completely bombed out of their gourd. Best guess is that they’re all tripping on something pretty groovy. One dude is humping a trash can while another woman […]

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Marilyn Louie Desperately Needs a Bigger Newsstand on the Bowery, these Photos Show Why [PHOTOS]

Posted September 23, 2014 at 5:52 am

For embattled Bowery newsstand owner Marilyn Louie, it’s a war of attrition. Her repeated attempts to secure a more spacious, less dangerous workspace are falling on deaf ears. This despite the overwhelming support from Chinatown neighbors and Community Board 3, not to mention the local press. Back in July, CB3 voted unanimously in her favor, […]

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Controversial Landlord Samy Mahfar Reportedly in Contract to Purchase 113 Stanton; Tenants Ready to Fight Back

Posted September 22, 2014 at 5:29 am

Word on the street is that controversial landlord Samy Mahfar is padding his portfolio of properties on the Lower East Side with yet another acquisition. Several sources tell us that Mahfar’s SMA Equities corporate entity is “days from closing” on 113 Stanton Street, between Ludlow and Essex. Given his pockmarked track record of acquiring, booting, and […]

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