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Affordable Housing or Lack Thereof
Mayor Bill de Blasio today made good on a campaign promise, laying out a deal to end the city’s appeal of a federal court ruling that deemed the NYPD’s implementation of stop-and-frisk unconstitutional.
Under the deal, the city will accept Judge Shira Scheindlin’s assessment that the the Bloomberg administration engaged in racial profiling and move to settle case.
ADA or Bust
The New York City Housing Authority’s controversial land lease plan, in which the cash-strapped agency would have raised direly needed repair funds by building market rate apartments on public housing land, looks unlikely to become a reality, at least in the form proposed by the current administration.
Today NYCHA announced that despite receiving promising proposals for 11 of the 14 possible development sites in six of eight housing projects, it does not expect to move to a conditional designation of any of the sites until 2014, after Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a staunch supporter of the plan, is out of office.
Affordable Housing or Lack Thereof
It’s a good thing Carmine’s, the famous Italian family-style restaurant, isn’t known for its entryways.
The entrances top a long list of tweaks that will be made by the chain’s two Manhattan locations as the result of a settlement in a lawsuit filed today by the U.S. Attorney’s office. The suit cited several violations of Read More
In a bid to block the New York City Housing Authority’s controversial land lease plan from moving forward, a group of opponents are filing a lawsuit today in New York State Supreme Court—the second such lawsuit to be filed against the plan, which seeks to raise much-needed funds by building market-rate apartments on public housing land.
Sue the World
Apparently, $761 million in subsidies and tax breaks isn’t enough for Forest City Ratner. The Atlantic Yards developer is thanking the city for its generosity by suing the Department of Finance for a lower tax assessment.
The developer has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Finance, in an attempt to knock down the market value assessment on block 1129, which comprises the southern section of the development site, from $11.2 million to a scant $1.6 million, DNAinfo reported today.
LAWSUITS “R” US
It seems like there’s something for everyone to hate when it comes to Citi Bike. Despite a largely positive reception, bike share lovers still grumble about empty Citi Bike stations in the East Village during rush hour. As for bike share haters? They’re still searching for lawsuit opportunities at every turn.
Most recently, two lawsuits have been filed against Citi Bike by pedestrians who tripped over docking stations (both happened before the program even launched). The parties claim that the stations were hard to see, which would come as a surprise to the many neighborhood groups who assailed the stations for being too ugly.
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After being labeled a victim of the Al Sharpton/Jesse Jackson coalitions by some of her more fervent fans, the drama of Paula “Sambo Burger” Deen took a turn last night when Sharpton, confronted by TMZ on the street, cautioned against judging Deen’s actions from over 40 years ago as a barometer for her current situation. (Reverend Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition is still planning on investigating Deen’s hiring practices.)
And though Reverend Sharpton was promoting not a defense of Deen, but merely saying she deserves a fair trial based on current evidence, Ms. Deen took his words as a sign of support.
Things are heating up at SoHo’s Famous Ben’s Pizza, and no—it’s not large pie with extra cheese.
It is, however, a large lawsuit, filed by Famous Ben’s current co-owner, John Notaro, against the pizzeria’s original owner (and widow of the real-life Famous Ben), Debbie Aliotta. According to Mr. Notaro, Ms. Aliotta violated the non-compete agreement Read More