Saying Goodbye To New York

She had been starved and sexually abused, police said. New York police announced on Tuesday they had identified the girl’s mother after following through on a tip they received over the summer. Her identity was confirmed through DNA testing and she was cooperating with the investigation, they said. After the girl’s death, members of the police department paid for her funeral and many worked for years in hopes of identifying her or her killer. “Today, NYPD investigators are giving young Anjelica her due justice,” Kelly said. Kelly said that Juarez had told investigators that he ran into Castillo in a hallway when he went to an apartment in Astoria shared by seven of his relatives. “He said he sexually assaulted the child, then smothered her,” Kelly said of Juarez. “When she went motionless, he summoned his sister from another room.” His sister, who has since died, told him to dispose of the body and brought him a cooler, Kelly said. They took the cooler from the apartment and rode in a cab to Manhattan where they carried it through a wooded area and put it down, he said. “Juarez returned to the Bronx and his sister to Queens, never to speak of the heinous act again until the NYPD investigators through their relentless investigation caught up with Juarez,” Kelly said. New Yorkers for years saw police sketches of the dead child on posters around the city. (Reporting By Kevin Murphy; Editing by David Bailey and Sandra Maler) Society & Culture Jerusalem (AFP) – An Israeli company has been selected to take part in manufacturing hi-tech helmets for pilots of the US F-35 stealth fighter, Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said Sunday.

New York’s Petty War on Airbnb


A new front just opened that might ultimately drive many of New York City’s roughly 15,000 resident users to quit Airbnb. Last Friday, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued a subpoena demanding that the company hand over a spreadsheet listing all its hosts statewide, their addresses, the dates and durations of their bookings, and the revenue these bookings have generated. News of the subpoena was chilling for many of the people whose names will appear on that list because theyve been using Airbnb in violation of the law (more on the legality of Airbnb in a moment). Seth, a Manhattan lawyer who started hosting short-term rentals of his Upper East Studio during a period when he was out of work, says he’ll probably quit as soon as his lease is up. “The subpoena is scary,” he says, fearing hell have to hire a lawyer and pay a big fine. On Wednesday, Airbnb filed a motion in New York State Supreme Court challenging the subpoena. Airbnbs petition contends that Schneiderman’s request is a “fishing” expedition because there’s no proof of any wrongdoing. It also makes the dubious claim that requiring the company to produce what amounts to a gigantic Microsoft Excel spreadsheet with “millions of cells” is onerous because it would “take a significant amount of dedicated employee time.”Oscar Chase, a civil litigation expert and professor at NYU law school, says the request for the spreadsheet seems reasonable and that the attorney general is acting well within his subpoena powers. “A fishing expedition is not unlawful where there is good reason to believe that fish will be found,” says Chase. By renting their couch, Lauren and Rob aren’t breaking the law, which requires that hosts be home while their paid guests are sleeping there. But Schneidermans actions could mean that they will soon have to pay New York hotel taxes every night they have a guest. (The attorney generals office told Airbnb that the subpoena relates specifically to tax issues.) That would reduce Lauren and Rob’s nightly income by about $12 a nightor they’d have to make their guests pay taxes, which would reduce demand for their couch. I wonder if my great-grandparents would have continued to take in newcomers from the old country if it meant theyd be forced to pay taxes on a nightly basis. Seth, who started hosting short-term rentals of his apartment when he was out of work, says he’ll probably quit as soon as his lease is up. The subpoena is scary. Seth has more to fear from the attorney general because when he rents out his studio he sleeps elsewhere, which is against the law. Which raises the question: Why does anyone care where Seth sleeps?

After Superstorm Sandy, some New York artists struggle to come back

Scott Fitzgerald and Mona Simpson, the original Didion piece, although that book took a more historical overview. Both collections get at the sense of hope (or ambition) with which New York seduces us, as well as how living in the city can turn, leaving us with wistfulness and regret. I am, I should admit, very susceptible to such a message; as a native New Yorker, I know firsthand the highs and lows of living in the city; I left, also, in my late 20s, although to this day, I continue to feel its pull. And yet, Im no longer very young, which is why, perhaps, I relate most viscerally to the writers in Goodbye to All That I have mentioned, to their experience and their years. When Edelman tells us, I felt certain Id cycle back some day: it didnt seem possible for me to ever break free of New Yorks gravitational pull. But married life developed its own momentum, I know exactly what she means. I, too, came to California for a couple of years at most a couple of years that have now lasted longer than two decades. And when Ann Hood describes, in her magnificent Manhattan, Always Out of Reach, the experience of losing her 5-year-old daughter Grace to a virulent form of strep, she exposes the key lie we tell ourselves about iconic places: that they will save us, protect us, in some way, from ourselves. New York didnt matter, Hood writes of the aftermath of Graces dying. Nothing mattered…. I locked myself in my bedroom and thought, I will never leave here. Unfortunately, such depth is missingfrom a lot of Goodbye to All That, which in places reads like a scrapbook of notes about New York as fantasy turned sour.

NYPD poster shows artist renderings of four-year-old Castillo, dubbed "Baby Hope", whose body was found in a picnic cooler along Henry Hudson Highway in northern Manhattan

“But I’m suddenly, for the moment, in forced retirement.” Like no other storm in modern memory, Sandy devastated New York after making landfall on October 29, 2012. Power was knocked out for days across lower Manhattan and mass transit ground to a halt. The historic storm killed at least 159 people, and damaged or destroyed more than 650,000 homes. The Superstorm also dealt a heavy blow to the New York art world. Insured losses alone total between $400 million and $500 million, according to Jonathan Crystal, an executive at the Crystal & Co insurance brokerage. Industry insiders say the total could be far higher after factoring in uninsured art, works still being restored and galleries that have not requested insurance payments. Axa Art, a top art insurer, said it has paid out about $40 million dollars for thousands of damaged works. Such was its impact on the New York art world specifically that many joked bitterly that the primary evacuation zone, known as “Zone A,” was short for “Zone Art.” A FORCED RETIREMENT In the fashionable Chelsea art district, on the western edge of Manhattan island with large industrial spaces ideal for showcasing art, scores of works were damaged. Studios in art hubs along the Brooklyn waterfront were laid to waste by surges of dirty water. “It’s one of the most traumatic things I’ve ever experienced,” said Richard Desroche, a co-owner of CRG Gallery in Chelsea, which represents American and European artists. On the morning after the storm, Desroche returned to the gallery to find the tide line five feet high on the wall and a “significant number of artworks” destroyed beyond repair.