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At the end of last week,  while the UN adopted a Syrian disarmament plan, the government shutdown was becoming more certain, and millions finally got around to looking at the Affordable Care Act website, NY state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli found a $2 billion surplus hanging out in the MTA's ledgers. Ok, technically it was only $1.9 billion. But, still! DiNapoli told CBS News last week that the "unanticipated funds" were a result of "lower pension...
In line at the cafe, playwright and composer Natalie Elizabeth Weiss tells me she has five jobs, her newest being the head honcha of Baby DJ School at Cool Pony in Crown Heights. She told me that if you wanted to ever get anything done, you have ask someone who is swamped, because they're already going a little crazy. She also told me that she likes to be in control, which means that Weiss loves...
Technically, profiting from renting out your apartment to strangers is "illegal" because it violates clauses on your lease, and this all came to a head last year when city government fined a resident for renting out his East Village apartment on AirBnB. But as of yesterday, that all changed: AirBnB lawyers successfully reversed the fine AirBnB host Nigel Warren was slapped with in May. The Environmental Control Board decided that as long as a...
I think I know why I haven't talked about the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, at the bar. We—I mean us 20-somethings—have always got a reason: other things to worry about (i.e. rent), lack of time, we're on our parents' plan, we buy it from our jobs. But what about those of us who are working service jobs, or don't make enough at our 9-to-5s to qualify? Even if you are buying insurance through...

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