ADA or Bust
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
Affordable Housing or Lack Thereof
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.
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.
Sue the World
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.
LAWSUITS “R” US
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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
Lawsuits and Pizza
Bernard Bey is not a happy camper. The formerly incarcerated 36-year-old is homeless and unemployed, and he knows exactly whose fault it is.
In a self-written lawsuit, Mr. Bey is asking $200,000 in damages from his parents, who he claims abused him emotionally and physically, causing him to enter the shelter system at age 16.
“I feel like my parents should want the best for their children and grandchildren so we have something to pass down for generations so we don’t have to live like this,” he told NBC.
And right when we were feeling sorry for him …
Are the days of airing the Dakota’s dirty laundry finally nearing an end? Hedge fund manager Alphonse Fletcher Jr.’s lawsuit against the board of the fabled Upper West Side co-op still stands, but he and the lawsuit are standing all by themselves.
The two law firms representing Mr. Fletcher have been allowed to withdraw from the case, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing unpaid bills and irreconcilable differences—the culprits that seem to end every once-happy relationship.
Big Apple Idolatry
- Fresh off his Broadway run in Chicago, Usher will be kicking his feet up in one of those swivel pods on the third season of The Voice. He and Shakira will be taking over for Christina Aguilera and Cee-Lo Green, who are vacating their judges’ chairs on NBC’s hit music contest. Of coorse, Usher has an ace card up his sleeve to win over any waffling young talent. It’s two words, and rhymes with Bustin Tweezer.