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Turbulence Amid Changing NYC Rent Laws

By Gianna D’Alessio

New York renters temporarily rejoiced on February 4, when the Department of State clarified language from 2019 housing laws, effectively banning broker’s fees in New York City. Broker’s fees, which are sums of money prospective tenants are asked to pay towards a broker’s commission, are a large expense to new renters and could cost as much as 12 to 15 percent of one year’s rent. This decision was long-anticipated, after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Statewide Housing Security & Tenant Protection Act of 2019 and the Housing Stability & Tenant Protection Act of 2019 on June 14, 2019.…

New year, New Coronavirus?

The findings of a new strain of an already well-known “common-cold” virus have the world up in arms. This is what you need to know regarding 2019-nCoV, aka 2019 Novel Coronavirus:

Coronaviruses are already a well-known family of viruses common in many species of animals, including humans. They cause the common cold and symptoms are usually mild. They can also cause pneumonia and bronchitis in some circumstances, but these cases are typically seen in the elderly or immunocompromised populations. Immunocompromised includes anyone without a fully functioning immune system, sometimes related to a genetic predisposition or cancer. 

So, if forms of coronavirus already exist, why are the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and other health agencies (including the NYU Student Health Center) so concerned about 2019-nCoV?…

Fashion Week 2020

Full disclosure: I’m writing this article wearing a hard hat in a damp construction shanty in the Meatpacking District. I am not the target market of New York Fashion Week (NYFW), but one thing is for sure: I absolutely love it. For two weeks, NYC is flooded with even more materialism and pretty people than it usually has, and the excuse to party on Tuesday nights (all in the name of networking of course) is never more palpable.

Sure, there are downsides to Fashion Week. Longer lines at restaurants, overcrowded bars and clubs, sleep deprivation. But if those are really dealbreakers, why did you move to New York in the first place?…

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