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BY GABE HERMAN | Most New Yorkers are familiar with the never-ending battle against clutter that is a feature of life in a small apartment. If it were easy to organize, the “de-cluttering” industry wouldn’t exist and be as big as it is. One such industry titan is “tidying expert” Marie Kondo, a Japanese woman with […]

BY GABE HERMAN | As the new “mini city” of Hudson Yards keeps coming into being, details were announced on Jan. 15 for the second-floor offerings in the complex’s Shops and Restaurants building, which is shaping up to be quite the luxury upscale retail and dining destination. The “Floor of Discovery,” as the second floor […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | The new Manhattan neighborhood names just seem to keep piling up. The latest rebranding attempt is “SoHY,” as in South of Hudson Yards. The new moniker is pronounced “so high” and is being introduced by a new condo both for the surrounding neighborhood and the building itself, at 550 W. 29th St., […]

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BY BILL WEINBERG | It gives a sense of passing time to see much of your life reflected in a work of recent history. This I experienced while reading “Counter Institution: Activist Estates of the Lower East Side,” by Nandini Bagchee, new from Empire State Editions. In her review of  oppositional spaces in the neighborhood over […]

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BY MARTHA WILKIE | A West Coast couple is looking to return to New York City after living in the San Francisco area for years — but now with a kid who needs a good public school. Does the crazy-to-us-New-Yorkers real estate market seem tame compared with the insanity of the Bay Area? The husband is […]

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BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | A judge blocked a city law aimed at regulating home-sharing sites like Airbnb and Home Away in a preliminary injunction last Thurs., Jan. 3. Last year, the City Council passed a law that would have required companies like Airbnb to submit data to the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement regarding the names […]

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BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | An ongoing lawsuit between residential tenants in a Village building and their landlord was boosted to class-action status last month after a judge formally gave the suit class certification. Back in 2017, the Housing Rights Initiative and the Village Independent Democrats discovered the landlord of 28 Bedford St. had taken advantage […]

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BY MARTHA WILKIE | Remember when far West Chelsea was mostly warehouses and nightclubs, or as The New York Times put it in 1987, “the largely uninhabited far west”? Today it’s transformed, thanks to an influx of galleries, which was followed later by an explosion of commercial and residential development — much of it spurred […]

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BY MARTHA WILKIE | St. Mark’s Place in the East Village has had many more than nine lives. It’s been home to Peter Stuyvesant’s fruit orchards, waves of immigrants and, eventually, poets (Auden), artists (Joan Mitchell), musicians (Debbie Harry), counterculture figures (Leon Trotsky, Lenny Bruce) and countless other creative types. By the 1960s, St. Mark’s […]

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BY MARTHA WILKIE | Author Andrew Solomon lives in the Village with his family in the former home of Emma Lazarus, author of the poem inscribed onto the base of the Statue of Liberty.   “Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,  The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to […]

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