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Monday, March 29, 2021

With New York City rents as sky-high as ever, it seems absurd that a law on the books limits a dwelling to no more than three non-related roommates:

The law, for decades part of the city’s Housing Maintenance Code, is little known, widely broken and infrequently enforced. Three citations have been issued since July, according to the Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

When the law is enforced, it is usually because of a complaint from a neighbor or because inspectors spotted a violation while responding to a maintenance problem. The violation is rarely written up unless it is accompanied by a host of others. Rarer still are the tenants who call up the city to turn in their landlord…

In New York, student dormitories and group homes are exempt from the law. But illegal arrangements can be found across the five boroughs, and they cross lines of age, class, race and dress. They include young actors and ponytailed post-graduates; rising and falling junior investment bankers; immigrants, legal and illegal; and trend-obsessed residents in Brooklyn neighborhoods.

I’d say that fundamental personal-space issues come to the fore, before the law can kick in. As appealing as it is to land a pad within City limits, there’s only so much crowding people can tolerate. When you’re dealing with shoebox-sized units as it is, three is pretty much the magic number anyway — any more than that, and you’re living uncomfortably on top of one another. So if anything, this roommate cap is usually self-imposed.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 03/29/2010 08:32pm
Category: New Yorkin'
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Marriages end every day. But it’s not every day that a breakup brings into question custody of the Los Angeles Dodgers:

The larger, more incendiary issue — which carries repercussions for Major League Baseball — is whether Jamie [McCourt] is a co-owner of the Dodgers, as she contends. A date has yet to be set for the trial to determine whether the marital property agreements the couple signed several years ago, putting the Dodgers in Frank [McCourt's] name and their homes in her name, should stand and govern how the court divides the marital assets. Jamie contends she and Frank always believed she was a co-owner of the team. He says he is the sole owner.

I’m betting this is the first time a major-pro sports franchise has landed in divorce court. Too bad the Dodgers are being treated as property, versus dependent or child — the judge could give the McCourts joint custody, with the team splitting time between LA and, I dunno, Cape Cod…

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 03/29/2010 07:49pm
Category: Baseball, Business
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