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(BPT) - Ringing in the new year on a budget? The high price of New Year's Eve hotel accommodations doesn’t have to keep you from celebrating in big-city style. Even the most sought-after New Year’s Eve hotspots have nearby alternatives that give travelers access to big-city countdowns without the big-city price tags.
Back in the day, before anyone knew what a caramel latte macchiato was, The Interlude coffee shop, tucked away by the Kew Gardens LIRR station, off Lefferts Boulevard, was a popular hangout, where locals schmoozed with their friends over a cup of joe and a slice of cherry pie.
It was a “folky” place for up-and-coming musical artists, such as Jose Feliciano and Al Cooper.
Tolls existed at New York City’s East River crossings until 1911, and reinstating them in some form has long been a topic of conversation.
Now state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) wants to end the discussion — permanently.
Astoria resident Michael Naess argued in last week’s Chronicle that he shouldn’t be prevented from renting out a spare bedroom in his condo on Airbnb (“Airbnb empowers New Yorkers,” Opinion, Dec. 12, multiple editions). But as one of the authors of the 2010 state law that enabled the city to take enforcement actions against illegal short-term rentals, I’d just like to make it clear: What Mr. Naess is doing isn’t illegal!
Mr. Naess wrote in his op-ed that he rents out his spare bedroom on Airbnb — as long as he’s home when that happens, it doesn’t violate the illegal hotel law. As far as the city and state are concerned, Mr. Naess, and the many other New Yorkers hosting guests in spare bedrooms, aren’t violating the illegal hotel law.
Airbnb has put its PR machine into overdrive to scare the New Yorkers hosting Airbnb guests, hoping they will push their elected officials to change the law in ways that will benefit Airbnb’s biggest source of revenue in New York: illegal hotel operators, the folks who take entire residential apartments and turn them into illegal hotel rooms.
The reality is, the illegal hotel law isn’t the real threat to everyday New Yorkers who occasionally host Airbnb guests. For one thing, if you’re just renting out part of your apartment and you’re home the whole time, then you’re not violating the law. (The law also does not apply to one- and two-family homeowners.) For another, the enforcement system is complaint-driven, and designed to target the worst offenders who are creating safety and quality-of-life problems for neighbors in their buildings.
The real threat to tenants and co-op/condo owners who host Airbnb guests is the fact that much of the time, they’re violating their leases or co-op/condo bylaws, and they can be evicted if they’re caught by their landlord or building management. I’ve asked Airbnb to clearly explain this risk to potential hosts in New York — it’s the responsible thing to do! Unfortunately, but maybe not surprisingly, they’ve refused.
Long Island City residents joined Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) in a rally on Monday to call on the Department of Transportation to install a crosswalk and additional signage along 49th Avenue.
For more than a year, the councilman has advocated for these improvements to be made at the Long Island City intersection. Despite his complaints, the DOT has yet to implement safety improvements to the location.
I don’t have a problem with the Mets signing recent Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson, for reasons I outlined last week. But I’m still scratching my head over why Mets general manager Sandy Alderson rushed to sign dime-a-dozen outfielder Chris Young to a one-year $7.25 million contract, and I’m absolutely stumped as to why he would commit $20 million for two years to rotund, soon-to-be-41 year-old pitcher, Bartolo Colon.
Yes, I know that Colon won 18 games for the Oakland A’s last year, but that doesn’t mean he will come remotely close to repeating that success in a Mets uniform. Colon missed a good chunk of the 2012 season serving a suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs.
A rabbi and an imam have joined forces to create mutual religious understanding between Muslims and Jews by teaching that a respectful relationship between the people of their two faiths is not just a good idea, it’s also good theology.
“We believe that the greatest challenge is not a political peace process or an economic peace process, but the greatest challenge is a theological peace process,” said Rabbi Marc Schneier, an 18th-generation rabbi and founder of the Hampton Synagogue in Westhampton Beach, LI and the New York Synagogue in Manhattan. He also co-founded the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding with music-business magnate Russell Simmons.
The movie business has always had trouble making quality sequels of successful films in any genre. Nearly 40 years later “Godfather II” is still jumps out as one of the rare films that was as good, if not better, than the original film. The law of diminishing marginal returns has been especially true with respect to comedy sequels. Very few talk fondly about either “Ghostbusters 2” or Wayne’s World 2,” and you would be very hard-pressed to find anyone who had anything positive to say about this year’s “Hangover III.”
Will Ferrell is arguably the most bankable comedy film star today and while he has made his mark playing laughably immature and egomaniacal guys, he has proven that he can be a credible lead in a drama. I urge everyone to check out “Everything Must Go,” in which he plays a corporate manager who has just been fired because of alcoholism.
Comptroller John Liu may be stepping down at the end of the year, but he’s leaving office with some parting shots at the Bloomberg administration and still has some unfinished business with the City of New York.
Speaking last week with the Queens Chronicle editorial board for the last time as comptroller, Liu, a Flushing resident, blasted the administration for what he and many critics call a bait and switch in the Willets Point redevelopment.
Add one part passionate owner, one part acclaimed international cake decorator and five parts eager students, mix well for two days and come out with a room full of edible, desirable cakes.
For Ela Juzwiszyn, owner of “Desirable cakes” in Howard Beach, it’s that intimate formula that has led to her new cake decorating business, attracting students from all over the nation.
Community Board 6 members gathered on Wednesday in Kew Gardens for their final monthly meeting in 2013. Speaking were City Comptroller John Liu and 112th Precinct Capt. Thomas Conforti, the commanding officer.
Liu, who said he was attending the meeting for the first time in a couple of years, discussed his accomplishments at the end of his four-year term.
They are no longer Big East Conference adversaries after Syracuse’s defection to the Atlantic Coast Conference prior to this season. But on Sunday, they rekindled one of college basketball’s best and fiercest rivalries in a game for the ages at Madison Square Garden.
The second-ranked Syracuse Orange, whom many experts view as a sure-fire NCAA championship contender, advertise themselves as “New York’s college team,” but the Red Storm players and fans alike made it known that the Johnnies are still the Big Apple’s premier college hoops squad even in defeat.
Queens is a New York success story that its residents and political representatives should be proud of, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said as he presented “An Economic Snapshot of Queens” at Silvercup Studios last Friday.
The borough’s population growth outpaced the city overall, with a 20 percent increase over the past three decades, reaching 2.3 million in 2012. Immigrants hail from over 120 countries and account for 48 percent of the borough’s residents and no single group dominates the most diverse county in the nation, if not the world.
When Mayor Bloomberg leaves office at the end of this month, he will do so having a legacy of completely transforming the largest school system in the nation.
Whether that transformation has been positive or negative is a contentious argument that will continue to define the legacy of the city’s longest-serving mayor in nearly half a century.
(BPT) - Have you effectively “winterized” your home for the season? Plunging temperatures call for more than just cozy sweaters, boots and coats – they can also challenge daily eating and wellness routines, which can negatively impact skin. A personal regimen that effectively combines diet (chock-full of fresh, in-season foods), exercise, skincare and wellness this winter can be a powerful tool in achieving a glowing, healthy-looking appearance.
The holiday season is certainly a joyous time but it can be stressful when it comes to finding a gift for the special people in your life. Here are some last-minute gift ideas that will hopefully inspire.
MTA New York City Transit, MTA Metro-North Railroad, MTA Long Island Rail Road, and MTA Bridges and Tunnels are preparing for the arrival of a winter storm this weekend that has the potential to blanket the metropolitan area with anywhere from two to ten inches of snow. Customers are urged to use caution while walking on outdoor platforms and stairs.
For an instant look into how pleased clients are at Hair Spray, all you need to do is glance at Monica Cuadros’ Instagram account, Hairbymonicaa. “Beautiful,” “Love it” and “Looks so good,” read some of the compliments.
At 25, the dynamic hairstylist is just one of the creative family members who have made Hair Spray a salon staple in Ozone Park for the past 10 years.
It’s rare that a free agent switches from one local ballclub to another. The only one who comes to mind is relief pitcher Pedro Feliciano, who left the Mets to join the Yankees in the fall of 2010. At the time, Feliciano was upset at how the Mets overworked him and then rewarded him by refusing to make him a reasonable offer. He never threw a pitch in a Yankees uniform because of injuries, and, ironically, rejoined the Mets as a free agent last year.
Feliciano now has company as a trivia answer, as recent Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson has accepted a four-year, $60 million deal from the Mets. This is the Mets’ first marquee free-agent signing since their ill-fated deal with outfielder Jason Bay four years ago.
The Exit Realty Central office at 133-07 Cross Bay Blvd. is quiet at 10 a.m. on a rainy Monday morning. The new workweek has not yet kicked into full gear.
But it will.
This week, Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) wrote Mayor Bloomberg about the potential closure of the Corona Health Center.
“I am deeply distressed to hear that you are again trying to close the Corona Health Center,” the letter reads. “Your administration has been marked by bold public health measures, so it is perplexing why you would weaken our city’s immunization program during your last days in office. Effective immunization requires total coverage of all of our communities. Considering the nature of communicable diseases, gaps endanger all of us, here in New York and, considering the nature of global travel, everywhere else.”
Perhaps nothing speaks more clearly to Mayor Bloomberg’s impact on the business community in New York better than the 11th-hour passage of the long-awaited Willets Point redevelopment plan.
It’s a great deal for the developers, the Mets’ Sterling Equities and real estate leader The Related Companies. They’re getting 23 acres of taxpayer-owned land for all of $1. They’re also getting more than $40 million in tax breaks, along with other public benefits, such as the new Van Wyck Expressway ramps that will let people access their planned retail and entertainment complex.
It seemed like an appropriate gesture to open the Ageless Summit in Laurelton last Thursday with a moment of silence for the passing of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela.
Mandela, who passed away on the same day at the age of 95, stood as a symbol for many in Southeast Queens for equal rights and justice. And while the topic of apartheid wasn’t discussed, issues of equality and justice were covered by the two-hour event, which took place at St. Luke’s Church in Laurelton, and was moderated by community activist Tanequa Strong.