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I wish someone could explain why anyones cares that our representatives live near where we elected them to work. What's the issue with Crowley residing in VA within commutable distance to the Capitol since he maintains a residency in NY?
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Restaurants & Food / Re: New report calls Jackson Heights a "food swamp"
« Last post by JHMNY on Today at 12:26:46 PM »
Here's a follow-up story on the "food swamp" issue. According to the article, experimental interventions at affected shops saw an increase in the purchase of healthier food items when same items were prominently displayed.

To counteract these conditions, the nonprofit studied food stock at 139 corner stores and bodegas in Jamaica, where they discovered only 26 percent of businesses displayed fresh fruits or vegetables that were visible within five seconds of entering the store. In contrast, 76 percent of stores had packaged snacks on front display.

The group then conducted an “intervention” at nine of these businesses, providing them with signage, food preparation equipment and education on how to source healthier items.

Stores also aggregated their selection of healthy food items, such as nuts, healthier granola bars, water bottles and fruit, and moved them toward the front of the store in countertop, floor or flat display baskets near the place of purchase or deli areas.

After the study, more than half of the stores reported increased fruit sales and 63 percent reported they now stock more healthy foods. The “low-cost interventions” implemented at the Jamaica locations can be replicated in other communities facing limited healthy food options, the group determined.


Group makes suggestions on how to improve health in ‘food swamp’ areas of Queens

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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Ocasio-Cortez defeats Crowley in NY-14 Primary
« Last post by JHMNY on Today at 11:39:13 AM »
Why wouldn't he just change his residency status to VA, where he lives, and fix this?

If I recall correctly, during one of the debates, Crowley failed to answer the question about his Virginia residency, claiming that he lives in Woodside. Given that, it'll be interesting to see how this goes forward.
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Ocasio-Cortez defeats Crowley in NY-14 Primary
« Last post by the80s on Today at 11:22:20 AM »
Has anyone been following the online feud between Ocasio-Cortez and Crowley about his remaining on the November ballot? It's being viewed as a third-party challenge because Crowley refuses to vacate the Working Families Party line, a group who endorsed him originally.  This whole thing is confusing. From recent statements, Crowley appears to cooperate by stating that he will support Ocasio-Cortez, but at the same time, he's deciding to stay put.  Wondering where this is going and what his intentions are.

Rep. Joseph Crowley: Primary loss to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 'is on me'

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Democratic Primary Opponent Will Remain on the Ballot Because of Some Bullshit

Yes, I have been following and it's very confusing, frustrating, and bizarre. The NYT (linked to by that story on The Slot you have) has a pretty good explanation of the mess:
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/12/opinion/editorials/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-crowley.html

And Joe Lieberman (remember him?) wrote an op-ed in the WSJ today encouraging people to vote for Crowley (not sure our district is a hub for WSJ subscribers though... so interesting venue choice). Even though Crowley says he is not running. But is he being disingenuous? Why wouldn't he just change his residency status to VA, where he lives, and fix this?
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Ocasio-Cortez defeats Crowley in NY-14 Primary
« Last post by JHMNY on Today at 11:06:05 AM »
Has anyone been following the online feud between Ocasio-Cortez and Crowley about his remaining on the November ballot? It's being viewed as a third-party challenge because Crowley refuses to vacate the Working Families Party line, a group who endorsed him originally.  This whole thing is confusing. From recent statements, Crowley appears to cooperate by stating that he will support Ocasio-Cortez, but at the same time, he's deciding to stay put.  Wondering where this is going and what his intentions are.

Rep. Joseph Crowley: Primary loss to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 'is on me'

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Democratic Primary Opponent Will Remain on the Ballot Because of Some Bullshit
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Affordable housing is the Mayor’s and city Council’s requirements if you want to exceed what is allowed “as a right” under current zoning. It is not my idea or goal. I personally feel that a building that has a high volume store like a Target should not be allowed to get any bigger because it creates more problems with traffic and deliveries.
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excited to use the SB's restrooms
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homeowners want to maintain what they paid for. they don't want crowds and the reduced quality of life that comes with more people squeezing into a preexisting infrastructure.

And imagine what New York would look like if they started getting their way in, say, 1900.
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Real Estate & Home Improvement / Re: Washington Plaza
« Last post by Lilybell on Today at 08:53:04 AM »
Where did you hear that?  That's not the reason.

The building cannot handle the water pressure from multiple washers and dryers and we would have soapy water backing up into our sinks. There are no hookups and it would have to replace your dishwasher.  It's the reason you don't see individual washers and dryers in most pre-war buildings.

Only the 3 and 4 bedrooms have them (there are only a few apartments that large so it doesn't cause problems. But it's not feasible for 194 apartments). 

Also, even if it were possible logistically, it would increase our maintenance fees because of huge increases in the water bill - and we'd have to absorb the bill from all of the stabilized tenants.

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Neighborhood Chat / New Airbnb bill expected to become law
« Last post by JK resident on Today at 08:45:49 AM »
The city seems ready to crack down on Airbnb with this new law. Do people think this is a good thing? Do people have stories of out of towner’s in their building?

http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20180717/REAL_ESTATE/180719923/airbnb-bills-passage-is-imminent-but-optics-war-continues
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