If you rent an apartment from a Victoria’s Secret model, you might expect some pretty posh digs, but one Airbnb customer is suing for the exact opposite. Christian Pugaczewski, a West Hollywood attorney with the New York-based firm Shearman & Sterling, rented a Roosevelt Island apartment from Lyndsey Scott, a Victoria’s Secret model in June. Pugaczewski alleges in his lawsuit that Scott misrepresented her pad on the site. According to Pugaczewski, the $3,075 a month apartment listed as a “comfortable spacious island retreat” was such a disgrace that he had to take refuge on a relative’s couch in the suburbs for two weeks until he could find another apartment.
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Victoria’s Secret model sued for misrepresenting her ‘comfortable spacious island retreat’ on Airbnb, Thu, September 1, 2016
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Oh deer! A baby tufted deer who was born earlier this month at Prospect Zoo Park is making its public debut. The fawn is male and was born to mother Lucy and father Gage on August 2. According to zoo officials, this is Lucy’s seventh fawn. You can watch a video from the zoo featuring him ahead.
Did you check your email while you were on the train or before you left home? If you’re reading this on a smartphone or laptop, does your reading history get stored in “the Cloud,” an all-knowing nebula of information that floats above us? What does the internet look like? Those are some of the questions artist and author Ingrid Burrington asked herself, and the answers spawned “Networks of New York: An illustrated field guide to urban internet infrastructure,” a book from the presses of Melville House Books due out August 30th.
“In 2013, after a lot of the [Edward] Snowden stories started dropping, all of these [news] stories had the worst clip art and stock photos on them,” Burrington said. “Like a black screen with some green letters and a lot of arbitrary looking things like this one photo of the NSA that was taken in the 1970s, and I just kind of thought to myself, ‘I don’t know what the internet looks like, but I don’t think it looks like this.’”
By going out to eat this September, you’ll be helping feed New Yorkers in need of a hot meal. Each year, Dine Out for No Kid Hungry enlists restaurants to help feed underprivileged children—and there are many of them, with more than 20 percent living in food-insecure homes nationwide.
Each of the nearly 100 participating restaurants in the city gives back in its own way, whether it’s Tarallucci e Vino donating $1 for every pasta dish sold, or Emily in Brooklyn giving 10 percent of what you spend on chicken wings to the organization. Each dollar donated provides 10 meals, so eat generously.
More than three months have passed since the historic Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava went up in flames, leaving the Flatiron landmark in ruin and heartbroken parishioners praying for the future of their cultural and spiritual site. During that time, church officials have been meeting with city agencies, and now rebuilding is inching closer to becoming a reality.
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Bill Nye “The Science Guy” wants you to “Find Your Park.” The engineer, television personality and New York resident is known for his outspoken views on climate change, space exploration and evolution, but the environmental champion is now turning his attention to our nation’s parks as a National Parks Service centennial ambassador. This past Monday, New Yorkers joined Nye and DJ Questlove at the Brooklyn Bridge Park for a special celebration that connected residents and visitors to each other, their city and, as Nye hoped, their green spaces.
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Amtrak has plans to upgrade their main departure board located at Penn Station with new digital information screens. The idea behind the new departure screen is to provide passengers with clearer and detailed travel information. There will be several information screens placed throughout the concourse to improve the flow of passengers at the station.
New York City’s been in the grips of some unforgiving heat and humidity this summer. One of the top tips for staying healthy during such severe weather (and always) is to stay hydrated by drinking a lot of water. And the city extended hours at many of its public pools to give folks as much time as possible to cool off. But how safe is all that water you’re drinking from the tap? And with all those people crowding those huge pools, are you just jumping into a giant petri dish? Metro New York talked to Dr. Philip Landrigan, an expert in environmental medicine and public health at Mount Sinai Health System, about the safety of our water.
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