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11.21.14 Rhett Jones

After successfully pushing to make simple possession of weed a non-criminal offense in New York City, Mayor de Blasio said he wants anyone who receives a summons to be able to mail in fines by mail. For many small level offenses, like a parking ticket, violators are allowed to simply mail in the fine prior […]

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11.19.14 Rhett Jones

When Pierre Merhej, the manager of the Radisson Hotel near JFK airport received a call from the city seeking 100 hotel rooms for a government group, he did not expect the guests to be homeless people seeking shelter. “When you say they have a government group, as hotel people we like government groups,” Merhej told DNAinfo. The hotel […]

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10.15.14 ANIMAL

The Village Voice’s annual “Best Of New York City” list came out today. They got a lot of shit wrong. Newark Airport sucks. Who the hell can afford to shop at Paragone? Big Bar is not a dive bar and there are no dive bars for blocks anywhere near it. And don’t even get us […]

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10.14.14 Marina Galperina

The results of a year-long feasibility study for the QueensWay are being presented today. The $120 million project would develop the disused, overgrown Rockaway Rail Line into a park resembling the High Line. The proposal has been tailored specifically to get Mayor Bill de Blasio to like it by satisfying “both his traffic safety and park equity agendas,” reports Capital […]

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08.22.14 Marina Galperina

5 Pointz, New York City’s “graffiti mecca,” is being demolished right now. This morning, a backhoe began tearing into the building that has served as a legal spot for aerosol artists for over two decades. In 2011, the property owner announced that he will be developing the site and transforming it into a massive condo complex. Last […]

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08.06.14 Marina Galperina

The city is finally gearing up to ban those illegal clothing “donation bins” that have been popping up around the city at an increasing rate. A new bill introduced by Councilman Vincent Gentile “will authorize the Department of Sanitation to immediately remove clothing donation bins illegally placed on public property,” as opposed to just pasting notices […]

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06.16.14 Marina Galperina

The city is bolstering its rat extermination program starting next month, adding nine employees to the 45 city inspectors specializing in rodent infestations. A special pilot program has become necessary because heavily infested neighborhoods —  West Harlem, Chinatown, the Lower East Side and the South Bronx – haven’t improved from attempts to poison and sterilize the […]

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09.13.13 Evan Fleischer

Scientists at the  Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health have put together an estimate of the total number of mammal viruses in the world. That number currently stands at 320,000. There are the global seed banks (currently 6 million varieties stored in 1,300 banks), the human genome, and now, viruses have begun to enter the big data […]

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08.01.13 Bucky Turco

While riding through the LES on my way home last night, I popped by Max Fish to see what was left of the now defunct space. There was about half-a-dozen people there–including owner Ulli Rimkus–sweeping and cleaning up the place, which already looked like a shell of its former self just 48 hours after its […]

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07.25.13 Thomas Kemeny

The finest food and drink in New York has to end up somewhere, but even the fanciest of restaurants seem shy about sharing their bathrooms. This series documents those rarely discussed amenities. Post Office 188 Havemeyer St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Two Door Tavern 116 N 5th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Rye 247 S 1st St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Parish Hall […]

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