New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit today against the property manager and landlords of several apartment buildings in Chinatown and the Lower East Side for allegedly harassing rent-controlled tenants with “repeated illegal and deceptive practices.” The complaint, filed in New York Supreme Court, accuses the buildings’ owners and Marolda Properties Inc., which manages the buildings, of attempting to bully tenants into vacating rent-regulated units using a variety of improper tactics.
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A new art show at the Fortnight Institute is flipping the script on a persistent imbalance in the art world. While men still dominate the major museums, massive retrospectives, and money-makers of the art market, most of the weens found at DICKS (on view now through December 4) are actually nailed to the wall.
All but one of the eight participating artists are women, and each artwork included in the show (paintings, photography, and sculpture) is strikingly phallocentric and jarringly figurative. DICKS is so literal in its approach to the ding-dong (arguably the most hilarious feature associated with the male anatomy) that the show was announced without explanation. The title, and a glimpse of Betty Tompkins’s contribution, Dick Painting #3, said it all.
A 31-year-old man was found dead about three hours ago on the Williamsburg Bridge, blocking Brooklyn-bound traffic. [Bowery Boogie]
Police released a photo of Miguel Maldonado, 42, the man they believe shot four people Sunday morning on Ridge Street. [DNA Info]
Early yesterday morning, three men were shot near the intersection of Ridge and Stanton Streets by an assailant who drove away. The victims were taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition. [NY Post]
According to the data analysis site Value Penguin, 57 percent of New York City’s Airbnb rentals are illegal, and Airbnb hosts in Williamsburg are more vulnerable to fines than hosts from any other neighborhood. [NY Post]
After the Landmarks Preservation Commission failed to offer a reprieve, a series of row houses on E. 7th Street is set for demolition, including the residence where beloved children’s book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie was illustrated. [Patch] Keep Reading »
Protestors from the Chinatown Working Group assembled Wednesday at City Hall to call for Mayor de Blasio’s resignation over his failure to save enclaves of low-income housing in Chinatown and on the Lower East Side. [DNA Info]
Wyckoff Avenue coffee shop Fair Weather Bushwick recently shuttered after a three year run. [Bushwick Daily]
Saturday afternoon, a 28-year-old U.S. history teacher was removed from Roebling Sporting Club by police after making a Donald Trump joke. [Gothamist]
A business management consultant group paid $28 million for seven stories of an East Village residence located on E. 2nd Street. [The Real Deal]
Halloween weekend is upon us, boo. The good news: There are a slew of parties on the horizon. The bad news: After this weekend the city freezes over and Santacon (ugh, Santacon in Williamsburg?) is what passes for outdoor activity. But don’t fret: The city’s biggest outdoor markets are busting out the folding tables and beer kegs one last time this weekend. Hit ’em up before they hibernate.
It’s all happening guys. Okay, maybe not “all.” But when it comes to the Second Avenue subway line, a pipe dream like no other, even “a little bit” of progress is better than nothing. So, rejoice: Phase I is finally set to be completed this December. The MTA is already test driving trains on the new line, as you can see in the positively riveting video above. And this morning, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, who’s brought buttloads of money to the project in recent years, gave the MTA an A+ on its Phase I report card, part of the representative’s initiative to oversee progress.
A real estate firm paid $15.5 million for Ludlow Street’s Comfort Inn. [The Real Deal]
New York is expensive for business owners (ok, and everybody else), and this can ring especially true for those who run performance spaces. Indeed, commercial successes like Hamilton could lure the ignorant into the sense that it’s very feasible to make live theater work with a long and lucrative life. But that runs contrary to the climate that the smaller spaces and companies exist in, even when they’re the ones creating and initially developing the work that goes on to find success. Keep Reading »
Two cousins of Kendel Felix—the man who was recently found guilty of the 2014 murder of Williamsburg landlord Menachem Stark—were taken into custody Thursday for charges related to the case. [NY Daily News]
Shaun Martin, the driver who was convicted of killing a florist under the influence of drugs and alcohol when he crashed his car into East Village Farm in July 2013, will be sentenced on November 4. [NY Daily News]