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New York City’s Taxi of Tomorrow Wins Court Approval

New York City’s Taxi of Tomorrow Wins Court Approval

The Nissan Taxi of Tomorrow received the green light late last week to become New York City’s standard taxi.
The state’s Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday that the city had had the authority to pick a specific model for the taxi, bringing a protracted legal battle over the vehicle, a Nissan NV200, to an end.
The ruling, which said that the city did not overstep its bounds by selecting a single model, …

Broadway Theaters Set Record for Sales and Attendance

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The 2014-15 Broadway season that just ended was the highest grossing in history and broke a record for attendance.
The Broadway League, the trade association that represents Broadway theater owners and operators as well as show producers, said that sales of tickets at the 40 Broadway theaters had totaled a record $1.365 billion and that over 13 million people had attended shows. Attendance rose 13.3% over the past two years, the …

Lobby Bar – March 27: The Value of Duty, Jogging Across the World, and John Hancock Makes a Friend

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Lobby Bar – Not Your Average Summary of FBT News and Views
American Idol. Paul Riegler sleeps from New York to London in American Airlines’ half-empty Business Class. To help its passengers sleep, American offers complimentary lullabies, sung by the surprisingly talented pilot over the intercom.
Editorial Heist. Jesse Sokolow takes us on a tour of New York City’s finest museums. If you hear about a multi-museum heist, we promise it’s unrelated …

Baccarat Hotel Opens in Midtown Manhattan

Baccarat Hotel Opens in Midtown Manhattan

Starwood Capital Group announced the opening of the Baccarat Hotel and Residences New York.  The new property is the Baccarat crystal brand’s first hotel and features a 125-foot (38.1-meter) corrugated crystal-like curtain that veils its lower levels.
The Baccarat Hotel has 114 guest rooms, designed by Gilles & Bossier.  All rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, a sitting area, and Mascioni jacquard linens.  The white marble bath areas have glass-enclosed showers with amenities …

Major Winter Storm Moves Through Southern, Northeastern United States

Major Winter Storm Moves Through Southern, Northeastern United States

Another winter storm is moving in on the Southern United States, the fourth in just two weeks to affect the region.  The Midwest and Northeast will also feel the impacts of the storm, with up to nine inches of snow expected in some areas.
Various states in the South have already felt the effects of the storm earlier this week, including parts of Texas that saw 1.5” of sleet and snow, …

Airbnb Host Evicted After Listing Rent-Stabilized Apartment in Manhattan

Airbnb Host Evicted After Listing Rent-Stabilized Apartment in Manhattan

A New York City man was evicted form his apartment after a Manhattan Housing Court judge ruled against him after he listed the apartment on Airbnb.
Henry Ikezi of Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood was found guilty of “profiteering” after listing his apartment on Airbnb for $649 per night.  Izeki had been paying $6,670 per month for the rent-stabilized apartment.
Izeki said that he had been living in the apartment with his family, …

Snow and Sleet Expected for Southern and Eastern States

Snow and Sleet Expected for Southern and Eastern States

An artic blast of cold air is turning most if not all of the United States east of the Rockies into an icebox for the coming week, making last year’s Polar Vortex look like a walk down the refrigerated food aisle in a supermarket.  Much of the eastern and southern states will be hit with snow and sleet in the late hours of Monday and early hours of Tuesday.
The weather …