Many US cities have major pest populations. About 15% of households in New York City report having rodent problems. While you can’t completely avoid cockroaches, rats, and mice, some apartments are worse off than others, depending on their location in the building, proximity to parks, and age. We asked a professional exterminator from Top Notch Pest Control what to look out for and where in New York City he’d never want to live. Following is a transcript of the video. Larry Bernhardt: I walk into the apartment, I open the door, and immediately a smell hits you. Now, I can’t really describe this smell, but it’s very unpleasant. So now, I begin to just do your general just looking around. Then all of a sudden I’m like, it looks like the wall is moving. So, hundreds and hundreds of roaches on this guy’s wall. That’s just when you walk in. His mattress was completely infested with roaches. You could barely see that the mattress, the colour … [Read more...] about Your apartment location can affect how cockroaches, rats, and mice get in. A New York City exterminator told us the places he’d never live.
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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
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
By COREY KILGANNON and TODD HEISLER SEPT. 6, 2018 New York City’s streetscape has been transformed — visually and economically — by the staggering numbers of vacant storefronts now dotting its most popular retail corridors. The Times set out with a panoramic camera to capture what this commercial blight feels like on the ground. This Space Available By Corey Kilgannon Photographs by Todd Heisler New York City’s streetscape has been transformed — visually and economically — by the staggering numbers of vacant storefronts now dotting its most popular retail corridors. The Times set out with a panoramic camera to capture what this commercial blight feels like on the ground. Bleecker Street, Manhattan They proliferate like gaps in an otherwise welcoming smile, vacant storefronts along New York City’s most popular retail corridors. They are stripped of their contents and their signs, replaced by For Rent banners that … [Read more...] about The Empty Storefronts of New York: A Panoramic View