New York’s horse and buggy losing ground to animal rights group
“If we hit that goal by October 20th, I pledge to deliver the signatures to every senator myself.” As of this writing the petition has surpassed 20,000 signatures, the majority of which were gathered within the last 24 hours. Airbnb also got behind the petition on Monday by sending out an e-mail to its thousands of New York members. “The New York attorney general has subpoenaed the records of almost all of our New York hosts,” Airbnb’s global head of community Douglas Atkin wrote in the e-mail. “We are fighting the subpoena with all we’ve got, but poorly written laws make for even worse enforcement, and unless you help to stop it once and for all, the laws may never get better and New Yorkers will continue to suffer.” The debacle between New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Airbnb has been ongoing over the past year, but it got heated when Schneiderman filed a subpoena earlier this month. The subpoena requests three years’ worth of data on thousands of Airbnb New York hosts. Airbnb has said that it has 225,000 community members in New York. The Attorney General’s office is specifically looking for data on 15,000 hosts — it’s unclear if this includes almost all of Airbnb’s New York hosts. While Airbnb has said that it will cooperate with New York’s lawmakers to root out illegal hotel operators and slumlords, it also filed a motion last week stating the subpoena was “unreasonably broad” and it won’t turn over sweeping amounts of information on hosts who have done no wrong. Schneiderman’s subpoena is based on a 2011 New York state law that makes it illegal for New York residents to rent out a property for less than 29 days. The law is meant to protect renters, so that slumlords don’t force them to leave to make a quick buck on unlicensed hotels and short-term stays. After the petition popped up and Airbnb sent out its e-mail to New York members on Monday, a spokesman from Schneiderman’s office accused the service of fear mongering, according to the Wall Street Journal . Airbnb is “scaring and misleading thousands of well-intentioned New Yorkers and sending lobbyists to Albany to create legal loopholes,” spokesman Matt Mittenthal told the Journal.
New York accent voted second most attractive: How you doin?
The image has been used again and again in TV series such as “Sex in the City,” “Seinfeld” and “30 Rock.” “People come to us for the clip-clop,” said Hansen. “Nobody wants to pet a fender.” ‘VERY NEW YORK’ Clinton Park Stables, home to 78 horses, sits on the far west side of Manhattan, a 20 minute ride from Central Park. It was built in the 1880s for street sweepers’ horses. “Because this is an urban stable, every square foot is used for something,” said Hansen, as she led a tour past old-fashioned carriages, manufactured in Indiana, and a blacksmith working on a horseshoe along a row of 80-square-foot stalls. The rules regulating the carriage industry are set by the city. Horses work no more than 9 hours a day, and every year spend at least five weeks on a farm. A veterinarian examines every horse twice a year and city inspectors visit regularly. Hansen, a former doctoral student in French history, jokes that the stable has more inspections “than a day-care facility.” Over the last 30 years, three horses have died in traffic accidents – in 1985, 1990 and 2006. New York Class counts 19 accidents over the last two years that resulted in injury, but the carriage industry says most of them were minor incidents. For Allie Feldman, executive director of New York Class, the solution is simple: Horses don’t belong in traffic and an eco-friendly motorized alternative could catch on with tourists. “It retains the romantic, classic, nostalgic feel that you would get in a horse-drawn carriage, only it doesn’t have the smell, it doesn’t have the cruelty and it’s much more safe,” she said. “We think we’re offering a really fair compromise.” On Central Park South, across from the Plaza Hotel, Charlene Dertinger, 46, a native New Yorker celebrating a new job with a ride around the park, said it would be a shame to lose that tradition. “I want to treat myself,” said Dertinger. “I’m just going to sit by myself and enjoy the scenery.” A few strides away, Hazel and Terry Watkins, retired visitors from Australia, were disembarking from their trip, which included a stop at the John Lennon “Imagine” memorial.
Apparently if you are from New York you are doing very well according to a recent survey conducted by Cupid.com, which asked 2,000 users which region of North America had the most attractive accent, and New York ranked second. The southern drawl earned top nods with 36.5%, 45% males and 28% females preferring yall over the New York yo, that garnered 16.5%, 10% males and 23% females. What is it that makes the New York accent so appealing to members of the opposite sex? According to the popular dating network, Cupid.com, New Yorkers have a short, sharp directness that sometimes comes across as harsh, but that didnt stop it from landing second place as most attractive accent in North America. The New Yawk tawk is quite popular, especially amongst those women surveyed, possibly because it is so recognizable, which makes it a favorite with singles. Fuggedaboutit! Those of us born and bred in New York know all too well how cute our speech is. But, we also understand that among the regions of this big state are variations of the famous New Yawk talk, most notable New Joisey, who adopted its dialect from New York transplants, yet ranked 5% in the Cupid.com sexy accent survey. Long Island, or as we like to say, Lawngeh Eyelan, has a sweet twang associated with the likes of Theresa Caputo. Den dere is da Brooklynese, and if you didnt understand dat or that, it translates to then there is the Brooklynese, where people use turlets (toilets). Staten Island is a combination of all of the above, but only residents of the Big Apple can identify the dissimilarities. We also lay claim to the tuff-tawkin Puerto Rican/New York accent, along the lines of Rosie Perez. However, a new, most annoying derivative of the New York inflection has been growing amongst young urbanites, teens and college-aged individuals, the speech where they whine and elongate sentences and end statements in the form of a question? Heres hoping this trend ends soon so the strong and sexy New Yawk talk can earn its way to the top spot of the Cupid.com dating poll. Deirdre Haggerty, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
There is nothing definitive yet, he said. New York Magazine earned widespread praise for its striking cover showing the power blackout in Manhattan after Hurricane Sandy.Photo: AP The company is in the midst of its budget planning for next year in an increasingly tough environment for print. Bagaria declined to comment on profitability but said its not the first time the company has mulled the move. Over the past five years weve considered various options, he said. While digital ad sales are growing, it has not been enough to stem the shrinking dollars coming from the weekly print edition, increasing pressure on Editor-in-Chief Adam Moss. It would be sad if it happened, but it would not surprise me, said Steve Cohn, editor of Media Industry Newsletter, which showed that New Yorks ad pages were down 9.2 percent year-over-year through Oct. 14. Digital now accounts for about half the companys ad revenue, but that is attributable as much to prints steady erosion as it is to digitals gains in recent years. Before the recession, New York racked up 3,343 ad pages in 2007, according to MIN 1,500 pages more than it is expected to tally this year. Ad pages fell 12 percent in 2008, followed by a staggering 27 percent drop in 2009. And in a move that is sure to be worrisome as it pushes for digital dollars, Web traffic in September dropped to 3.6 million unique monthly visitors, according to comScore, a 16 percent drop from last year. A Wasserstein family trust inherited the magazine after the death of Bruce Wasserstein in 2009. The financier brought it for $55 million back in 2003. So far, the Wasserstein family has kept the magazine and websites rolling, but it is not clear what the trusts capacity is to absorb losses over a prolonged period.