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City Living, Technology

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Image via YouTube/St. Pauli Peeback

Normally, urinating in public comes with a hefty fine, but in San Francisco, offenders might be spending their money instead on a new pair of clothes and shoes. The problem has apparently gotten so out of hand in the city that the Public Works Department is implementing “pee-proof” paint on walls that are hot spots for people to relieve themselves. The special superhydrophobic coating called Ultra-Ever Dry is liquid repellent, and therefore splashes the urine right back on the person.

More details and a video on the technology

Art, City Living

Hilarious Cartoon Pits NYC Against San Francisco

By Dana Schulz, Thu, April 30, 2015

NYC vs. San Francisco, cartoonist Sarah Cooper

While we’re constantly complaining about rising rents here in New York, it’s important to remember that there’s still one other place that’s got us beat–San Francisco. Though the folks in the City by the Bay may shell out some more Benjamins every month, they also seem to work less, play more, and have an all-around better outlook on life than us… at least according to this hilarious new cartoon series by Sarah Cooper. As the artist says, “After living in New York for 5 years, I recently moved to San Francisco. Neither city is clearly superior, but there are some distinct differences.”

See the LOL-worthy differences here

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City Living, Features, Hotels, Policy

Airbnb, Housing, Tourism, Hotel

Photo courtesy of Airbnb via Facebook.

Controversial room-sharing startup Airbnb, one of the most visible players in what is being called the “sharing economy,” has recently awakened the innovation vs. regulation argument in all the usual ways–and a few new ones, including the accusation that these short-term rentals are depleting the already-scarce affordable housing stock in pricey metro areas like San Francisco and New York City.

What the latest data reveals–and what’s being done about it

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Market Snapshot: The Week of May 21, 2014

By Diane Pham, Wed, May 21, 2014

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  • Despite sky-high sales at several marquis buildings, condo pricing in Manhattan is down 1.8 percent in the current three month period as compared to the last 90 days.
  • Hotelier Ian Schrager has released renderings for his long-awaited mixed-use condo hotel – Public – at 215 Chrystie Street on the Lower East Side.
  • Is Jake Gyllenhall apartment hunting in Tribeca?
  • New York City versus…. San Francisco?! How two of the priciest cities in the US compare in a head-to-head real estate challenge evaluating the “grittiest” and most glamorous neighborhoods of the two.

For market trends, cool listings, celeb real estate news, and eye-opening comparisons, we turn to CityRealty‘s Weekly Market Snapshot for the scoop.

Get the full report here

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