But the real estate lobby’s money could prove to be an obstacle. The Real Estate Board of New York’s super political action committee pledged to spend $10 million in 2013, injecting an unprecedented amount of corporate money into neighborhood races. The 10 biggest landlords and developers in New York together donated about $6.5 million to political campaigns between 2013 and 2014, according to a Commercial Observer analysis from 2015. In 2016, ProPublica identified $21 million in real estate donations to New York state candidates and party committees since 2000 ― a staggering demonstration of how industry players secured tax breaks and weakened rent laws. … [Read more...] about 2 Percent Of New York City’s Buildings Emit Half Its CO2 Pollution. They’re Luxury Towers.
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The bill imposes a one-year ceiling on non-wheelchair-accessible ride-hailing vehicles while the city undertakes a study on the impacts of ride-hailing. Uber had objected to the proposal, arguing it would increase wait times and make rides harder to find in neighborhoods across the city. … [Read more...] about New York City Council passes cap on Uber and Lyft
Levsina hasn't spent a night in the comfy bed and doesn't even live in the 2,400-square foot penthouse in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood in which it resides. Nobody does. Levsina - like dozens of other social media influencers who have begun flocking to this particular abode - was there to create content for marketing products (in her case, bras, as her Instagram post notes). … [Read more...] about Instagrammers flock to New York City penthouse to increase their influence
The city recorded its second consecutive year of less than 300 homicides, with 289 last year, down from 292 in 2017. There were fewer than 800 shootings for the second consecutive year, and robberies and burglaries fell to a record low, according to police department statistics. Rapes increased 22 percent, the only crime to see a significant rise. Mayor Bill de Blasio said that was likely because more women felt empowered to report sexual assaults to the police. … [Read more...] about New York City keeps getting safer as murders, robberies decline
SCAG's pitch for congestion pricing was rolled out just days after New York lawmakers reached consensus on a plan to toll vehicular traffic in New York City. The New York Times reported that state lawmakers had not worked out all the details but agreed this week to set up electronic tolling in the city's business district. Under the tentative plan, the proceeds would help the Metropolitan Transportation Authority make repairs on its subway. … [Read more...] about As New York City moves closer to congestion pricing, effort in Los Angeles gets another nudge