February 10, 2020 Weather: Rainy, with a high of 46 degrees.
This week’s concerts, readings and other local events are on our calendar!
We now know the “offer” Deputy Inspector Timothy Malin “couldn’t refuse.” Malin, the popular commander of the 20th precinct, who announced his retirement last month, will become “the director of public safety for Columbia University’s Morningside campus on February 24th,” according to the NY Post. “Malin will lead a security staff of more than 300 and report to the university’s vice-president of public safety…” As for the offer? “The university refused to provide his new salary.”
Malin is leaving amid reports of an increase in crime in the city and the neighborhood. At the 20th Precinct’s January community council meeting he announced that robberies — most committed by youths against youths — were up 40% in the precinct last year. Malin presented the NYPD’s position on bail reform, which the department ties to the increased number of crimes, the NY Times reported. Said Malin: “The NYPD official stance is that we like bail reform, however, we would like to see a provision that allows a judge to look at somebody who’s accused and say, ‘This person is a demonstrable threat to public safety. I have to hold them in until their trial.’ New York is the only state in the union that does not have such a provision,” he contended. Changes to the bail reform act must come from Albany.
What has come from Albany is a new rule regarding brokers’ fees on rental apartments. It used to be that if you found a place on your own, you still had to pay a fee — often one month’s rent — to the listing broker, who represented the landlord. Under the new rule, the landlord must now absorb, i.e. pay the fee. If, however, you engage a broker to take you around and show you apartments, you — the renter — must still pay the fee. This is a hit to both landlords and brokers, who have begun a lawsuit, wrote the Times. According to Gothamist, some brokers are ignoring the rule. (Update: “A New York judge granted a temporary restraining order Monday afternoon, halting a Department of State (DOS) guidance barring tenant-paid rental commissions from going into effect,” The Real Deal reported. “In a statement, REBNY (Real Estate Board of NY) and NYSAR (NY State Association of Realtors) said they look forward to resolving the issue in court ‘in the weeks ahead.’ In the meantime, agents will be able to ‘do business in the same way they did prior to last week’s DOS memo without fear of discipline by the DOS.’”)
Despite crime and cost, one woman decided to “come home” to the UWS after two decades in Seattle and needed to rent an apartment. She found the neighborhood very different today than it was in the late 90s when she left. She narrowed it down to three apartments, one in the West 80s, one in the 90s, and one in the 100s, all with strengths and weaknesses. Which would you chose? Which did she? Find out in the Times interactive story.
Finally, you never know what’s behind closed doors. In the late 1960s, some important moments in rock and roll history went down at 1855 Broadway at 61st Street. It turns out that the building, owned by the New York Institue of Technology and in contract to be sold to developer Extell for luxury condos, was the home of Elektra Records and studios, reported Record Collector News. Among the great bands that made history there were The Doors, Judy Collins and Tim Buckley. The story describes what went on there back in the day — including the time Elektra passed on Joni Mitchell.
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