What’s Up Next in New York? Airbnb and Rent Regulation Will Be Hot Topics

In New York it is illegal for anyone to rent out a room in an apartment in a multifamily building for less than 30 days if a tenant is not present. Yet almost weekly, someone writes to Ask Real Estate seeking advice on how to skirt the rules. What if I swap apartments? What if nothing is in writing? A reckoning could come next year as the state and city attempt a crackdown on renegade hoteliers while the online company Airbnb lobbies for a change to the law.A recent Quinnipiac poll found that 56 percent of the responders thought New Yorkers should be allowed to rent rooms out to strangers …READ MORE

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At MoMA, How ‘Tactical Urbanism’ Can Preserve the Future of Cities

Instead of feeling threatened by a planet of slums in need of clearance, we believe in a planet of neighborhoods and habitats in different stages of evolution.says the group, one of six teams whose work is displayed in the exhibit Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities, on view until next May at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The teams were charged with coming up with “new architectural possibilities that address the rapid and uneven growth” in six major cities—Hong Kong, Istanbul, Lagos, Mumbai, New York, and Rio de Janeiro. Following the same model as recent MoMA exhibits Rising Currents and Foreclosed, each team will further develop their proposals in a series of workshops that occur over the course of a 14-month initiative …READ MORE

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What’s a carboy? If you’re in the wine business, and still curious…

During harvest, carboy is a good word to know, if you don’t already know it. Carboy is a common term in winemaking. I’ve heard it now for about two decades, always wondering about the derivative. It’s usually talked about in wine cellars, and is a vessel used for a small fermentation. This is a clue […]

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