The Anniversary Party
In a glossy media city that values professional polish, NY1, Time Warner’s no-frills news channel, enjoys a certain cult following, as evidenced by the high-profile fans who gathered at the New York Public Library last Thursday to celebrate two decades of “weather on the ones.”
The event reflected the unassuming charms of the station, where anchors style themselves and pan-away shots reveal a bullpen that is more Community than The Newsroom. Though there was an open bar, the wine glasses had thick stems, and the hors d’oeuvres, while tasty, might have arrived straight from Trader Joe’s.
It may be the holiday season, but Public Advocate Bill Deblasio delivered some much-deserved coal to the city’s worst landlords today. For the second year in a row, the public advocate’s office compiled a list of the city’s worst landlords, up to 358 across all five boroughs.
The public advocate has created a new Watch List 2.0, which lets New Yorkers see if their building is on the list and to spot trends on building improvements and new deficiencies. The shame campaign appears to be working since 176 landlords who made the list last year are poised to be removed for fixing up their properties.
A note to slumlords: Don’t try to evict old people.
When the news broke recently that David Bistricer, a managing member of Berkshire Capital, was collecting millions in rent from the city — some of it because he owns none other than the Kings County Housing Court — it made barely a ripple. Read More
As he reveled in a second place finish in the race for public advocate that will put him in a run off against Councilman Bill de Blasio, Mark Green urged supporters of candidates who didn't make the cut to join "the Green team."
Norman Siegel didn't seem too excited at the idea, and Read More