By Marc Joffe and John F Kunze | PUBLISHED: July 17, 2018 at 5:30 pm | UPDATED: July 17, 2018 at 5:37 pm In November, Californians will vote on Proposition 10, which would repeal the state law that limits cities from regulating rents on buildings occupied after February 1995. With rents skyrocketing across the state, capping rents may seem attractive, but experience shows rent control laws have serious downsides, including stifling investment in housing and building improvements, creating shortages and wasting time and money in litigation. The textbook case against rent control comes from New York City, where government intervention in the rental market started in 1943. For decades, tightly-controlled rents failed to cover basic maintenance and operating costs. As a result, builders added few new rental units and landlords let buildings deteriorate since they couldn’t increase rents to pay for needed upkeep. By 1968, New York’s vacancy rate — the percentage of rental … [Read more...] about Rent control laws nearly destroyed parts of New York City. They could do the same to California
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Few people recognized Jumaane Williams a few days ago as he roamed Martin Luther King Park with his latest campaign literature. But in Brooklyn, Williams is about as well-known as you can get. He represents neighborhoods like Canarsie, Flatbush and Midwood on the New York City Council. And that’s why his Democratic primary candidacy for lieutenant governor presents a major concern for incumbent Kathy Hochul of Buffalo, not to mention Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Like everyone else besides Hochul on the Democratic and Republican statewide ballot this year, Williams lives downstate – where the votes are. His Council district alone serves as home to 178,000 people, compared to approximately 270,000 in the entire City of Buffalo. In New York City alone, enrollment statistics show city Democrats with 3 million members compared to 2.6 million in the rest of the state. Hochul must bet that when she meets Williams head-to-head in the September primary, her more than 800 events in New … [Read more...] about Millions of New York City votes could spell trouble for Hochul, Cuomo
The city’s rat race is real. Geospatial analyst Vanessa Mateus used open-source 311 call data to create a new map showing the density of rodent populations across New York City. In her model, dark purple indicates more dense (10) areas, while yellow means less dense (1). The map reveals Mott Haven in the South Bronx is the most rat-dense neighborhood in NYC, the only area to rank a 9 on the rodent spectrum. (No nabes merited a 10.) The most infested neighborhood in Brooklyn is Bed-Stuy (8), while Manhattan’s Upper East Side (7) and West Harlem (7) are tied. Mateus designed the map because she wondered which areas were most infested — plus, she had some personal beef after some rats inflicted $850 in damage on her street-parked car. “One morning I was trying to turn it on, it wasn’t working, and I quickly realized there was something going on under the hood,” she recalls. M&M Pest Control’s Timothy Wong, who has been in the rat-killing … [Read more...] about The most rat-infested neighborhoods in New York City
/EIN News/ -- HOLLYWOOD, Fla., April 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NV5 Global, Inc. (Nasdaq:NVEE) (“NV5” or the “Company”), a professional and technical engineering and consulting solutions provider, announced today that it was selected to provide landscape architecture design services to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYCDPR) for the reconstruction of Michaelis-Bayswater Park located in Queens, New York. A federally-funded post-Hurricane Sandy project, the contract includes reconstruction and resiliency design of the 40 acre park, the adjacent shoreline, and a new park building. The project is NV5’s seventh award under a term agreement with NYCDPR, contracted in 2017. NV5’s fees on the project will total $3.4 million. Jackson Wandres, RLA, Director of Landscape Architecture at NV5 said, “The reconstruction of Bayswater Park is the biggest Capital Project the Parks Department has in their project development pipeline at … [Read more...] about NV5 Awarded $3.4M Design Contract for New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
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(CBS/AP) Sugary drinks over 16-ounces are on their way out of New York City, but the question on the mind of many is: Will it actually make a difference? The latest move from the city that's set trends by banned smoking in bars and trans fats in foods involves sugary drinks sold at restaurants, fast-food chains, theaters, delis, office cafeterias and other places that fall under the New York City Board of Health's regulation by March 2013. Exempt will be drinks sold in convenience and grocery stores, as well as dairy and alcohol-based beverages. Restaurants with self-serve soda fountains will be prohibited from giving out cups larger than 16 ounces, even for diet drinks, but consumers will be allowed refills. Bloomberg soda ban: Board of Health eyes popcorn and milkshakesSugary drinks over 16-ounces banned in New York City, Board of Health votesPictures: New York City's ban on big sodasThe Board of Health approved the big-soda ban 8-0, with one member, Dr. Sixto Caro, an internal … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo New York City’s sugary drink limits: What’s next?
(CBS News) Large sugary drinks are on their way out of New York City restaurants. New York City's Board of Health today passed a rule banning super-sized, sugary drinks at restaurants, concession stands and other eateries. The ban passed Thursday will place a limit of 16-ounces on bottles and cups of sugar-containing sodas and other non-diet sweetened beverages beginning in March 2013. NYC Board of Health to vote today on Mayor Bloomberg's big soda banNew York City's proposed ban on big sodas CBS New York reported the vote was approved Thursday with eight in favor and one in abstention. Mayor Bloomberg's office announced the news on his Twitter account: The ban will apply in restaurants, fast-food chains, theaters, delis, office cafeterias and most other places that fall under the Board of Health's regulation. People who buy sugary drinks at such establishments will still have an option to purchase an additional 16-ounce beverage. Exempt from the ban are sugary drinks sold at … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Sugary drinks over 16-ounces banned in New York City, Board of Health votes
The Real Housewives of New York Do not gaze directly into the Manson Lamps. (Bravo) Ramona invites Aviva and Her Serene Highness Princess Carole Radziwill (and Sonja, who does not attend) to lunch and pinot ramona and to kvetch about not being invited to travel to London with a woman she can not stand and whom she attacks at every opportunity. I just for the life of me can not imagine why Heather did not want to invite Ramona to London! Why wouldn’t Heather want to travel with someone who invites her to her home and then, with her husband, gangs up on Heather to attack her for talking too much and someone who tells Heather that she has “a lot of issues” when she mentions her dead father and someone who complains to everyone within earshot that Heather thinks she so’s perfectly perfect and never allows anyone else to talk ever or someone who publicly fantasizes about shoving a ball gag into Heather’s mouth? I just do not see the problem here! Her Serene … [Read more...] about Real Housewives of New York: Light bulb on my head. Pinot on my head.
New York City has a new schools chancellor. No, really. Richard Carranza, who has led Houston’s public schools for the last 18 months and ran San Francisco’s schools for four years before that, will be the next leader of America's largest school system, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday. Story Continued Below Carranza’s announcement comes just six days after de Blasio named Miami schools chief Alberto Carvalho as chancellor, and just five days after Carvalho turned down the job after a five-hour soap opera of a board meeting on live television. Though his name has not been floated by allies or in the press, it appears Carranza was a top contender for the job until it was offered to Carvalho. Carranza shares many of Carvalho’s educational credentials and his biography aligns with the mayor’s requirements for what is seen as the most influential education job in America. The grandson of immigrants from Mexico, Carranza spoke only Spanish when he … [Read more...] about New York City’s next chancellor will be Houston schools chief Richard Carranza
Pedestrians walk in Manhattan's Washington Square Park - an area once known as "The Land of the Blacks" - in New York, April 9, 2015. Jared T. Miller for Newsweek U.S. American Civil War Slavery New York City racism American history It was the summer of 1863, and Abraham Lincoln needed troops. That March, Congress had passed the Enrollment Act, requiring all males between the ages of 20 and 45 to register for a military draft. Since that May, Ulysses S. Grant laid costly siege to the city of Vicksburg, Mississippi, a strategic Confederate fort on the Mississippi River; by June, there would be 80,000 Union soldiers surrounding that city. In late April, “Fighting Joe” Hooker crossed the Rappahannock River, trying to catch Robert E. Lee in a pincer movement. The maneuver failed and the Union lost 17,000 men at the ensuing Battle of Chancellorsville, perhaps Lee’s finest victory. Just two months later, Lee suffered his worst defeat, at Gettysburg. Though victorious … [Read more...] about New York City Would Really Rather Not Talk About Its Slavery-Loving Past