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Public Advocate Blames AirBNB For Brooklyn’s Affordable Housing Crisis

17-airbnb-logo.w245.h368.2xPublic Advocate Letitia James is calling on AirBNB to boot its “illegal hotel kingpins” and blaming the apartment-sharing service for an affordable housing crisis in Bushwick, Greenpoint and other Brooklyn neighborhoods.

Last month, a nationwide survey found that Brooklyn had the least affordable housing of any county in the nation, with 98% of the average family’s wages needed to cover the median home cost. James thinks Airbnb is one of the culprits. “By helping turn a portion of our scarce housing supply into short-term rentals,” she writes in a letter to the company’s co-founder and CEO, “Airbnb and the illegal hotel operators it enables are contributing to the affordable housing crisis.”
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Reggie Watts Jumped Into a Ball Pit, Lobbed Shots at J. Crew and Starbucks

(Photo: Angelo Fabara)

(Photo: Angelo Fabara)

If you spotted Kim and Kanye, Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Drake at Tumblr’s 2014 Year in Review party, you can stop spazzing — they were just celebrity impersonators. But Reggie Watts in the ball pit? That shiz was 100% real.
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A 134-Year-Old Italian Gelateria Is Coming to Williamsburg to Serve Salmon Sorbet

Francesco Cataldo and his gelato making machine. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Francesco Cataldo and his gelato making machine. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Salmon gelato, anyone?

Antica Gelateria Gentile will be serving up just that – plus Italian coffee and savory Puglian specialties like focaccia-style pizza – when it opens in Williamsburg in the next few weeks.
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Will You Look at This New Mural

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

At New York’s Select Fair back in May, we were wowed Bushwick artist David Hollier, who composes portraits of everyone from Kurt Cobain to JFK using quotes from their lyrics, speeches, and writing. If you thought his Ziggy Stardust made from typewriter strokes was cool, then hang onto yourself and peep his latest work on the window of lit-luvin’ Williamsburg restaurant Biblio.
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Buy Some High-Brow Brilliant Objects at NeueHouse’s Holiday Bazaar

Novelty Sharpies by Nick  DeMarco (Courtesy of Handjob Gallery)

Novelty Sharpies by Nick DeMarco (Courtesy of Handjob Gallery)

We continue to be snowed under with invites to holiday markets. The latest one comes courtesy of NeueHouse, where last month photographer Jesse Frohman talked about shooting Kurt Cobain. The swank, members-only coworking space is opening its doors to the public on Saturday, from 11am to 5pm, for a Holiday Art & Design Bazaar.
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Dev Hynes On Blood Orange’s New Cassette: ‘Here’s Me Handing You Some Music’

(Dev Hynes/Twitter)

(Dev Hynes/Twitter)

If you happen to have Dev Hynes’s number, you may want to hit him up: the musical force behind Blood Orange has a new album out, but you won’t be able to find it on Spotify. “I’ve just been recording music in my apartment and I’ve been recording them to tapes and I’ve been dubbing the tapes and giving them to whoever wants them,” he said.
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