Autism advocates are set to protest tomorrow against a quiet effort by Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration to require flu vaccinations for all New York City schoolchildren.
On Wednesday, with just three weeks to go until he leaves office, Mr. Bloomberg’s controversial Board of Health is set to vote on new rules that would force children as young as six months old to be immunized each year before December 31 if they attend licensed day care or pre-school programs. Read More
The townhouse at 25 East 22nd Street has played host, over the years, to a number of bold-faced and progressive personages. On a Tuesday in the spring of 1897, the New York Times reported, the Women’s Executive Committee of the Board of Domestic Missions of the Reformed Church used the building to host an “Indian Tea” in honor of the Rev. Frank Hall Wright, a Choctaw who was conducting missionary work in Oklahoma. In the hall of the building, “stood a perfect model of an Indian tepee…filled…by the offerings of the hundreds of friends of the committee.”
The property was later home to George Nelson, an industrial designer and one of the founders of American modernism, and in 2004 it was bought for $9.3 million by David Chu, the founder of Nautica. Expanded and renovated in the years since, the building—which was last listed for $29.99 million by Carrie Chiang, Janet Wang and Richard Phan at Corcoran—has entered contract, according to Corcoran. Read More
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When AllThingsD completes its diaspora from parent company News Corp. early next year, NBCUniversal is reportedly going to invest in the revamped, renamed tech blog and conference business.
Bloomberg reports that a deal has been struck among editors Walt Mossberg, Kara Swisher and the Comcast-owned company to bring over much of its current staff when the website starts anew in January.
Esquire’s star writer Tom Junod and senior editor Mark Warren have teamed up to put a good deal of NMA hardware on the shelf. In the latest issue of the Hearst monthly, they combined to write a mondo story, “Patient Zero,” about one scientist, Eric Schadt, and his attempt to use Big Data to save the life of a woman diagnosed with terminal colon cancer, Stephanie Lee. Many were impressed. Paul Raeburn was not. Read More
“I don’t want this Saturday to end.” Rebecca Black, controversial songstress, has come out with perhaps her most mature work yet in ‘Saturday,’ which picks up from where her premiere title left off. Yet this is an older and wiser version of Black than we heard on ‘Friday’: no longer is she “Lookin’ forward to the weekend (weekend),” but rather contemplating what it means for said period to already be on the wane. Read More
With just over three weeks to go before he takes office on January 1, Bill de Blasio is taking things slowly.
The mayor-elect has yet to announce the vast majority of the most important hiring decisions of his administration. Indeed, Mr. de Blasio has yet to even begin interviewing commissioner candidates for many major agencies, according to a source familiar with his transition progress. Read More
As arguably the most influential New York restaurateur of the past 30 years, Danny Meyer has altered Manhattan’s culinary map and helped redraw its real estate borders. Starting with Union Square Café in 1985, growing exponentially with Shake Shack and moving forward with NoMad, Brooklyn and JFK airport concepts, Mr. Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group presaged the Midtown South gold rush and nurtured a generation of top toques while redefining restaurant hospitality. Mr. Meyer spoke to The Commercial Observer about the gentrification his restaurants are credited with jumpstarting, the decriminalization of mall dining in New York and the city’s untapped restaurant rows. This interview was conducted prior to his ICSC New York keynote address Monday. Read More
Scientists have discovered this year’s most horrifying surprise — a new breed of cockroaches that don’t mind the cold. Read More
Brooke Geahan isn’t the only one with parties to go to! Men want to shine at their holiday parties, too. Here is the Observer style guide to the watches you’ll want to wear this holiday season. Read More
With Registration Deadline Approaching, Thousands of City Homeowners Stand to Lose Out on State Tax Break
Even if Dolly Lenz doesn’t believe that de Blasio will “kill the goose who laid the golden egg,” there has been much terrified speculation in the real estate industry about what impact the mayor-elect will have on the real estate market. Still, before pitching a fit about potential tax hikes, New York City homeowners would do well to take advantage of the tax breaks that are currently available to them.
Only half of New York City residents currently receiving the Basic STAR state property tax break this year have registered to receive the break this coming year, according to the Independent Budget Office—far below the statewide average of 66 percent. In order to receive the benefit, homeowners must register by December 31. Read More