By Corinne Ramey WSJ Katie Honan WSJ Fri., Jan. 18, 2019 Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating the business practices of hotelier brothers whose legal entities New York City has paid tens of millions of dollars to house homeless New Yorkers during the past five years, according to people familiar with the matter. Prosecutors have examined whether the brothers’ company, Amsterdam Hospitality Group, hid money in attorney escrow accounts in a potential attempt to evade taxes, these people said. They have also asked whether the brothers overbilled subcontractors for repairs and services, then diverted extra funds into shell accounts or received perks from those subcontractors, including renovations to their personal residences, according to the people. The brothers, Stuart and Jay Podolsky, have long been associated with controversy over buildings that the city uses to house the homeless. For decades, tenants and housing advocates have … [Read more...] about Prosecutors Probe Hoteliers Paid by New York City to House Homeless
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index New York Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper New York | Can New York City’s Mayor Be an Amazon Booster and Still Be Progressive? Supported by ByJ. David Goodman and William Neuman Nov. 16, 2018 [What you need to know to start your day: Get New York Today in your inbox ] For parts of his tenure, Mayor Bill de Blasio has been criticized for straying from his progressive roots, with some of his loyal supporters accusing him of failing to deliver on promises to help the homeless, or advance criminal justice reforms. Those grumblings turned into a full-throated roar this week, with the mayor’s enthusiastic backing of a billion-dollar incentive deal to bring Amazon to Long Island City, Queens. How could the liberal mayor of New York City who vowed to end the “tale of two cities” — one rich, the other poor — support this sort … [Read more...] about Can New York City’s Mayor Be an Amazon Booster and Still Be Progressive?
Peter Kotecki, provided by Published 12:44 pm CDT, Thursday, November 1, 2018 Julie Jacobson/AP In New York, a city where the average apartment rent is $3,600 a month, many residents don't mind living in a tiny space to save extra cash. There's just one problem: Microapartments are technically illegal under the city's 1987 zoning laws, which require dwellings to have an area of at least 400 square feet. That leaves two options for people who want a small space: find an apartment built before 1987, or turn to one of the newer developments that have secured a special waiver from the city. Even as the city's regulations make microliving somewhat difficult, the trend has taken off in neighborhoods across Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. Despite their minimal square footage, these newer apartments offer innovative design features like hidden drawers and closets, along with luxury amenities like butler services and rentable ice-cream makers. But for the thousands of residents … [Read more...] about 50 photos of New York City microapartments show how tiny living can be glamorous — or disappointing
US tabloid the New York Daily News is set to cut roughly half of its editorial staff, including its editor-in-chief and managing editor, as it moves to restructure the newspaper in the face of “significant financial challenges”. In an announcement sent to employees today, and shared on Twitter, the paper said affected staff will be expected to leave by the end of the day.TimelineFebruary 23, 2018Former Guardian political editor Ian Aitkin dies aged 90May 19, 2008Honesty? That makes a refreshing change About 40 staff will remain, Press Gazette understands, of a newsroom that once boasted upwards of 250 staff.The paper said: “To capture the opportunities ahead and address the significant financial challenges we have faced for years, we are fundamentally restructuring the Daily News.“We are reducing today the size of the editorial team by approximately 50 per cent and re-focusing much of our talent on breaking news – especially in areas of crime, civil … [Read more...] about New York Daily News cuts half of all editorial staff including editor in restructure to tackle ‘significant financial challenges’
A Guatemalan mother separated from her three young children at the border in May was finally reunited with her kids in New York City Tuesday morning -- with the event so emotional even the translator was brought to tears. Now there are hopes the family may be allowed to stay long-term. Yeni Gonzalez was granted a visit to her children, who are being cared for at an East Harlem shelter, after they were taken from her when she illegally crossed the border into the U.S on May 19. News 4 has been following Gonzalez's journey and was there Tuesday at 9 a.m. as she made the long-awaited visit to her children, aged 6, 9 and 11. Wearing an ankle bracelet after being released from an Arizona detention center, she told News 4 in tears that her kids were in good physical condition and wanted to go home with their mom. A Guatemalan mother separated from her children when she illegally crossed the border has arrived in NYC to see her kids for the first time in weeks. Ray Villeda … [Read more...] about Guatemalan Mother’s Emotional New York Reunion With Children, 6, 9 and 11, Separated From Her at Border