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The Newspaper for Midtown and the Upper West and East Sides
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    BY YANNIC RACK | In a double win for Manhattan’s West Side, Governor Andrew Cuomo laid out new plans last week to both finally expedite the stalled redevelopment of Pennsylvania Station and the James A. Farley Post Office on Eighth Avenue and to expand the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center to boost jobs and tourism in […]

    The post Cuomo Offers Bold Pledges to Finish the Job at Penn Station, Expand Javits Center appeared first on Manhattan Express.


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    BY JACKSON CHEN | The city’s comptroller and public advocate teamed up on Sunday to make a stand against electronic cigarette companies whose advertising targets children, as they called for federal investigation and regulation of the industry. Joined by anti-smoking groups and other local politicians at the Godard Riverside Community Center on Columbus Avenue at […]

    The post Manhattan Pols, Anti-Smoking Groups Decry E-Cigarette Marketing Toward Youth appeared first on Manhattan Express.


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    BY JACKSON CHEN | Seven parents on the Upper West Side filed a lawsuit on January 15 arguing that a nursing home development must completely redo its environmental review because the New York State Department of Health failed to follow proper procedures. The lawsuit comes on the heels of a December 9 decision by State Supreme […]

    The post School Parents Step Up Fight Against New Nursing Home, Saying State Ignored Its Own Rules appeared first on Manhattan Express.


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    BY JACKSON CHEN | In the final hours of the 2016 regular session, the State Assembly moved to burst the bubble of scalpers who use the unfair advantage of ticket-purchasing software to inflate Broadway prices to outrageous levels. Anyone using ticket-purchasing software, which can secure hundreds of tickets within seconds, would be hit with a criminal […]

    The post State Moves Against Ticket-Buying, Price-Ballooning Bots appeared first on Manhattan Express.


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    BY JACKSON CHEN & PAUL SCHINDLER | To counter the threat of legislation passed earlier this year by the State Senate and Assembly, Airbnb, on September 10, launched a Fighting for Hosts campaign aimed at forestalling the possibility that Governor Andrew Cuomo will sign the measure. During a Host Day New York event in Manhattan, the […]

    The post Its Middle Class “Hosts” Stepping Up, Airbnb Launches Assault on NYS Fines appeared first on Manhattan Express.


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    BY JACKSON CHEN | Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a bill that imposes escalating fines on those who advertise rentals of unoccupied apartments for periods of less than 30 days. Cuomo signing the new law on October 21 triggered the popular home-sharing company Airbnb to file a lawsuit later that day. The new law, […]

    The post With Home-Sharing Crackdown Now Law, Airbnb Heads to Court appeared first on Manhattan Express.


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    BY JACKSON CHEN | The Landmarks Preservation Commission has decided to calendar interior spaces within the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and will be determining a date for a public hearing on November 1. At that later hearing, the commissioners will deliberate on the interior spaces of the Waldorf Astoria’s ground, first, second, and third floors and […]

    The post Landmarks to Take Up Waldorf Interiors Preservation appeared first on Manhattan Express.


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    BY JACKSON CHEN | The local political landscape in Midtown and on the Upper East and Upper West Sides will largely remain status quo as all incumbent elected officials earned another term on November 8. In the State Senate’s District 31, which runs uptown from the Upper West Side, an open seat was contested by […]

    The post Incumbents Joined By New State Senator as Tuesday’s Victors appeared first on Manhattan Express.


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    BY JACKSON CHEN | Seeking answers for many actions coming out of the new administration in Washington that they see as questionable, some 300 Manhattanites showed up last week at the CUNY Graduate Center in Midtown to hear the State Attorney General weigh in. On May 24, East Side State Senator Liz Krueger hosted a “State […]

    The post Faced With Trump, Schneiderman Champions “Rule of Law” appeared first on Manhattan Express.


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    BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Legislators aiming to relax New York’s unusually stringent statute of limitations on sexual abuse of minors remain hopeful that, with the State Assembly already having taken action, the State Senate could yet follow suit before the session ends next week. According to out gay West Side Senator Brad Hoylman, “The Governor’s office […]

    The post Childhood Sex Abuse Survivor Justice Alive in Albany’s Waning Days appeared first on Manhattan Express.


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    BY NATHAN RILEY | Demanding that New York State stop racist law enforcement patterns by legalizing adult use of marijuana, advocates told members of the State Assembly, including Health Committee chair Richard N. Gottfried, a West Side Democrat, that police stops are traumatizing black and brown New Yorkers. At a Jan. 11 hearing in Lower […]

    The post State Assembly Holds Hearing on Legalizing Pot appeared first on Manhattan Express.


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    BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While Mayor Bill de Blasio is proposing to increase spending by roughly $2 billion in the city fiscal year that begins on July 1, cuts in federal and state support for the city may force the mayor to curtail those plans. “This budget proceeds against a backdrop of tremendous uncertainty,” the […]

    The post Mayor Presents Increased Budget With Big Asterisk appeared first on Manhattan Express.


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    BY NATHAN RILEY | Upper West Side State Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal is emerging as a principal player among legislators aiming to unravel New York’s decades-old,  counterproductive War on Drugs. From her influential post as chair of the Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Committee, she is lead sponsor on a bill offering care for drug users while they […]

    The post Rosenthal Takes Lead in Drug Policy Rethinking appeared first on Manhattan Express.