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New York Officials Plan Airbnb Crackdown

New York Officials Plan Airbnb Crackdown

New York City and New York State officials announced a joint enforcement initiative to shut down what they called “illegal hotels” on Thursday.
The crackdown is aimed squarely at short-term Airbnb rentals.  New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman simultaneously released a report that found that up to 72% of Airbnb listings violate state and city laws.  New York City prohibits people from renting homes and apartments for fewer than 30 …

New York to Add Wi-Fi and Phone Service to Additional Subway Stations

New York to Add Wi-Fi and Phone Service to Additional Subway Stations

New York City transit officials said Tuesday that they would be adding mobile phone and Wi-Fi service to additional locations in the coming months.
The city will add service to 40 underground subway stops, with 11 in Manhattan and 29 in Queens. There are already 36 stations in Manhattan that have service. The story was first reported in the Wall Street Journal.
The Wi-Fi service will be free. Royal Caribbean Cruises would …

Hailo Pulls Out of U.S. Market

Hailo Pulls Out of U.S. Market

Hailo Network, a ridesharing services company that linked passengers with drivers for hire, said it would cease operations in the United States.
The London-based company, which competed with Uber and Lyft for a share of the app-driven car service market, will continue to operate in other markets including London, Manchester, Tokyo, Osaka, and Barcelona.  According to its website, it plans to begin operations in Singapore later this year.
Hailo, which calls itself …

Hotel 35 Herald Square to Open in Midtown Manhattan

Hotel 35 Herald Square to Open in Midtown Manhattan

Hotel 35 Herald Square, a new, independent boutique hotel, opened its doors in New York City today. Occupying the site of the former Comfort Inn in on West 35 Street, the hotel will undergo significant renovations starting in January 2015. Renovations are scheduled to be completed by the middle of next year.
The hotel said that the guest room décor will be modern, but did not give specifics. Some of the …

U.S. to Screen for Ebola at 5 Airports

U.S. to Screen for Ebola at 5 Airports

U.S. officials said they would begin to screen passengers arriving from West Africa at five of the nation’s busiest airports in response to the deadly outbreak of Ebola.
Travelers arriving from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the three countries hardest hit by the epidemic, will be temperature screened at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport starting later this week.  Screenings at four other airports – Hartsfield-Jackson International, Newark Liberty International, …

New Restaurant Opens at Andaz Wall Street

New Restaurant Opens at Andaz Wall Street

The Andaz Wall Street hotel, located in New York’s Financial District, announced the opening of Dina Rata, the property’s new restaurant and bar.  The venue is situated on the former site of Bar 75, and overlooks Pearl Street, as well as the courtyard of the hotel, where the Andaz Wall Street holds its seasonal Biergarten and Farmer’s Market.
The restaurant can accommodate approximately 60 guests at a time, including a private …

Swiss to Open Pop-Up Restaurant in the Sky

Swiss to Open Pop-Up Restaurant in the Sky

Swiss International Air Lines announced plans to open its first pop-up restaurant on a flight in November.
The airline is partnering with Chef Andreas Caminada, a well-known Swiss chef, on a flight from Zurich to New York on November 21.  Passengers on board Flight 16 will receive a meal prepared on board by Caminada.  The chef will personally serve his dishes with the assistance of his staff, and the food will …