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How Williamsburg Airbnb Hosts Are Dealing With the New Law Against Home Sharing

17-airbnb-logo.w245.h368.2x1As you surely know by now if you rent out your apartment through Airbnb—whether you’re a working stiff making a few extra bucks each month to cover your rent or an enterprising bartender making $45,000 a year pimping out your friends’ pads—the jig is just about up. A new state law threatens to push many users out of the short-term rental business, so Bedford + Bowery asked several Airbnb hosts from the home sharing hub of Williamsburg how they plan to deal with the new regulation. Keep Reading »

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It’s Leaf-Peepin’ Season in Cooper Square: New Plaza Gets Dozens of Trees

(Photo: Michael Garofalo)

(Photo: Michael Garofalo)

The long redesign of Cooper Square and Astor Place is finally nearing completion– knock on wood. This morning, landscapers worked to plant dozens of new trees around the square. We’re told that in total about 55 trees—oaks, sweetgums, and blackgumswill be planted over the next few days, bringing some much needed greenery to the area.

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Protests Continue Against Demolition of East Village Tenements For Hotel

City Council Member Rosie Mendez addresses the crowd (Photo: Michael Garofalo)

City Council Member Rosie Mendez addresses the crowd (Photo: Michael Garofalo)

Update, Oct. 20, 6:13pm: This post has been updated to include comments from the mayor’s office and the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Elected officials, community activists, labor union members, and preservationists gathered on East 11th Street yesterday to protest a development plan that would demolish five 19th Century tenement buildings to make way for a 300-room hotel. The protest, organized by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and other local groups, attracted several dozen demonstrators who called for Mayor Bill de Blasio to halt the demolition of the buildings.

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The Final Debate: Where to Drink While You Watch

(flier via Village Pourhouse/Facebook)

(flier via Village Pourhouse/Facebook)

Tonight marks the third and (mercifully) final presidential debate in Las Vegas, meaning that the more socially minded among us will be looking to share in the democratic process with their fellow citizens and copious amounts of alcohol. 

Maybe you’re a diehard Donald Trump supporter drinking to distract yourself from what looks like an imminent landslide defeat, or a Hillary Clinton backer drowning away your sorrows at the indignities your candidate has endured. Perhaps you’re resigned to watching the world burn, but you’ve got some potentially lucrative prop bets riding on whether the candidates shake hands or how many times Trump says “tremendous.”

Whatever your motivation, if you’re looking to knock back a few while you take in the action, we’ve got you covered.  Keep Reading »

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Another Mosiac Man Lamppost Returns to Astor Place; Cube Still Nowhere to be Found

Jim Power with his mosaic lampposts (Photo: Michael Garofalo)

Jim Power with his mosaic lampposts (Photo: Michael Garofalo)

Jim Power, better known around the East Village as the “Mosaic Man,” was on hand for the reinstallation of another of his ceramic-encrusted lampposts along Astor Place this morning, the third of seven poles that will eventually return to the redesigned blocks around Cooper Square. Power, 69, observed from his mosaic-laden motorized scooter as staff from the Village Alliance positioned the lamppost near the Astor Place subway entrance, pausing to chat with neighborhood friends and curious passersby.

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Step Into a ‘Real-Life Tinder’ to Find Love and Score Some Art

Emily Lesser (left) and Amy Van Doran share a laugh in the Modern Love Club (Photo: Michael Garofalo)

Emily Lesser (left) and Amy Van Doran share a laugh in the Modern Love Club (Photo: Michael Garofalo)

Amy Van Doran has been hooking up couples through her high-end matchmaking outfit, The Modern Love Club, for a decade (a 2011 New York magazine write-up helped put her business on the map), but she’s now moving into a storefront for the first time to open a hybrid “store that sells nothing” and gallery in the East Village.

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L Train Service Suspended Due to Fire in Tunnel

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L train commuters already dreading the looming L-pocalypse were subjected to another unwelcome development this morning when service between Brooklyn and Manhattan was shut down due an electrical fire between the First Avenue and Bedford Avenue stops that forced evacuations and filled the subway tunnel with smoke. Keep Reading »

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Excuse Me, Do You Have a Moment to Read About the Life of a Street Canvasser?

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A canvasser gets a bite on Washington Place (Photo: Michael Garofalo)

Do you have one minute to stand up for human rights?

No, nowait! Don’t click away from this page! I’m not one of those clipboard toting canvassers that you see half a block away and cross the street to avoid talking to. They’re part of the city’s ambient-level background noise, like Sbarro storefronts or subway etiquette ads. But when I saw three Amnesty International canvassers standing on St. Marks Place yesterday morning, I found myself wondering what it must feel like to stare denial in the face all day long.

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Mayor Announces New LES Senior Housing Amid Rivington House Controversy

Rivington House (Photo: Kavitha Surana)

Rivington House (Photo: Kavitha Surana)

As members of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration faced questions regarding the Rivington House debacle in a contentious City Council hearing this afternoon, de Blasio’s office released a none-too-subtly timed press release announcing a plan to build a new affordable senior housing and health care facility on the Lower East Side. The new development is designed to replace essential services the neighborhood lost after the nursing home at 45 Rivington Street was sold to a luxury condominium developer under controversial circumstances in 2015.

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Now Airstreaming: Mister Dips Brings Ice Cream and Burgers to William Vale Hotel

(Photo: Andy Boyle)

(Photo: Andrew Boyle)

Certain things are givens these days. If you’re a disgraced celebrity on a mea culpa tour, you appear on The Today ShowIf you order something involving burrata, you post it to Instagram. If you’ve been to Austin, you tell everyone you know how amazing it is until they stop talking to you.

If you’re a hotshot chef, you open a fast-casual burger joint. It’s just what you do.

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Bruce Has Left the Building, But Catch Springsteen at the Apple Store Tonight

(Photo from @BruceSpringsteen)

(Photo from @BruceSpringsteen)

Bruce Springsteen fans lined up outside the Union Square Barnes & Noble earlier today for a chance to meet The Boss and score a signed copy of his new memoir, Born to Run. The event was scheduled to begin at noon, but a photo from Bruce Springsteen’s Twitter account showed that a sizeable crowd had already gathered before 10am. No surprise given that tickets for the meet-and-greet were going for $1,500.

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