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At This Queer Venue, Check Your Notion of Gay Bars (and Your Cell Phone) at the Door

(via 3dollarbillbk on Instagram)

3 Dollar Bill opened this summer near the Montrose L stop as the largest queer venue in Brooklyn. “We should be proud of ourselves that we opened it, because a lot of people tried and didn’t succeed,” co-owner Brenda Breathnach said. She and her partners, who also own the East Village gay bar Phoenix, spent two years trying to get the new venue up and running.

“Up until the last day, we weren’t sure whether this place could open.”

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Law Would Close ‘Kushner Loophole’ After Developer Is Fined For Fudging Building Applications

118 East 4th Street (photo courtesy of StreetEasy)

Council Member Ritchie Torres is introducing legislation to prevent landlords from lying in paperwork to the City about the number of rent-regulated apartments in their buildings, he announced at a press conference today.

The bill aims to crack down on what’s known as the “Kushner loophole” — landlords falsely stating in construction permit applications that a building does not contain occupied rent-regulated units. (Buildings with rent-regulated tenants are subject to stricter construction oversight.) A study by Housing Rights Initiative found that Kushner Cos. filed at least 80 false permit applications in dozens of buildings, according to an Associated Press report. Many of those buildings are in the East Village.

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