Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein

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Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein is the founder of ShakingNews.

David Greenfield
FeaturedNew YorkNew York City

South Brooklyn Shakeup

New York City Councilman David Greenfield shocked observers on Monday by announcing that he would retire from the Council to lead the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty. The two-term Councilman from Midwood and Borough Park was widely-recognized as the leading Orthodox Jew in New York City elected office. The chair of the Council's powerful Land…

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New YorkNew York City

Good to be the Guv

The rent might be too damn high for many New Yorkers but not for Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Instead, he's been able to benefit from the so-called "LLC Loophole" to get rent-free office space in Midtown. SL Green, one of the largest landlords in New York, gave Cuomo's campaign office space (valued at approximately $2,640 per…

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Jones Beach
Long IslandNew YorkQuick HitsWestchester

Did Robert Moses Actually Prevent Buses from Going to Jones Beach?

Yes, in fact. In his masterpiece, The Power Broker, Robert Caro recorded that Robert Moses built lower bridges over the Southern State Parkway on the way to Jones Beach. According to an engineer who worked on the project, Moses wanted lower bridges so that buses couldn't bring poor (especially black) people to Jones Beach. A Cornell…

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Hiram Monserrate when still a State Senator.
New YorkNew York CityQuick Hits

Why not give a corrupt abuser another shot?

Apparently, that's what some Queens Democrats are saying. After Corona/East Elmhurst Councilmember Julissa Ferreras-Copeland announced her retirement, her predecessor Hiram Monserrate jumped into the race. Monserrate has only one small, niggling issue: his criminal record. In December 2008, after winning a State Senate seat but before he was sworn in, Monserrate attacked his then-girlfriend, slashing her…

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Sheldon Silver
FeaturedNew YorkNew York CityState Assembly

Foiled! Silver Gets Off

Last week, former State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Lower Manhattan) escaped justice when a federal appeals panel overturned his conviction for accepting bribes and money-laundering. Who is Sheldon Silver? For over two decades as the leader of the State Assembly's strong Democratic majority, Sheldon Silver established himself as one of New York's most powerful Democrats.…

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New YorkNewsletter

Hell or Hell No?

Between the "summer of hell" for commuters, Cuomo's Presidential aspirations, and everything else, there's quite a bit to talk about this week. And if you know anyone else who should get these emails, tell them to sign up at ShakingNews.com. Thanks! - Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein Number of the Week: $5-25 million - Donald Trump's investment in Brooklyn's Starrett City,…

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Airbnb is having some trouble in NYC.
New YorkNew York City

Not the Best Way to Make Friends

Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration made it a priority to crack down on illegal Airbnb hosts. But now landlords are complaining. They say that when they call investigators on tenants who converted apartments into illegal Airbnb spot, the city Department of Buildings fines the landlord instead. The city insists that landlords are responsible for not…

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