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Arch A-team, p. 18 Volume 83, Number 11 $1.00 West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Hudson Square, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933 August 15 - 21, 2013 Corey Johnson crafts a Council bid; East Village raises C.B. 4 leader vies to succeed Quinn $18,000 for florist BY DuNCAN OSBORNE There is something about Corey Johnson that is carefully crafted. Or perhaps it’s everything. The 31-year-old is vying with Yetta Kurland, a civil rights attorney, for the City Council seat that Speaker Christine Quinn has held for 14 years. For an interview with the editorial staff of NYC Community Media, he arrived with his hair freshly cut, his light beard artfully trimmed and his suit neatly pressed. Johnson’s presentation was practiced, which is not surprising since he has been campaigning for months. He was wellversed in the intricacies of city laws on housing and development. That is also not surprising because he has served on Community Board 4, which covers Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan, since 2005 and has wrestled with some controversial development projects. “You do not spend eight years on a community board because it’s sexy,” Johnson said. But some people do spend eight years on a community board because it can be a stepping stone to elected office. Johnson believes he is prepared to hold the seat representing the roughly 180,000 New Yorkers who live in a district that runs from W. 55th St. to Canal St. and from Fifth Ave. to the Hudson River. “I’ve never worked for an elected official,” he said. “I didn’t come out of a Democratic club.” He will be a “councilmember who is community-minded,” Johnson said, adding that he wants to be part of “progressive change” in the city. A significant issue is how the city approves real estate development plans. For the past 12 years, the Bloomberg administration has favored large-scale projects, with some local residents objecting that they obliterate neighborhoods and favor market-rate housing at the expense of affordable housing. The city’s approval process — the uniform land use review procedure, or ULURP, as it is known — favors developers, critics say. C.B. 4 approved the expansion of Chelsea Market, a 300,000-square-foot project atop the historic structure that occupies an entire block between Ninth and 10th Aves. and W. 15th and 16th Sts. Johnson opposed the expansion. Just as Continued on page 4 CATS For MAYOR hurt by drag racer BY LINCOLN ANDERSON In the wake of the horrific incident two months ago when local florist Akkas Ali, 63, was critically injured by a drag-racing driver high on drugs who careened up onto the sidewalk, the community has rallied together to raise funds to help the stricken man’s family. Last week, Chad Marlow, a member of Community Board 3, presented Ali’s son Rukanul Islam, 22, with a check for $18,047.32. The cash was collected through the GiveForward crowdsourcing Web site, under a campaign initiated by Marlow. Two hundred and ninety people contributed amounts ranging from $5 to $500 during the one-month-long effort. Many of those who Continued on page 19 B&B’s got tucked into illegal hotel regs, try to survive Photo by Lincoln Anderson How Weiner rolls Weiner whips it out: Anthony Weiner displayed his Citi Bike annual-membership key during an interview with The Villager on Fri., Aug. 9. See article, Page 5. BY HEAtHER DuBIN Crackdowns on illegal hotels and short-term rentals in the city have left owners of small bed and breakfasts — who pay taxes — in the lurch. Under a new law, it’s now prohibited to rent out an apartment in a “Class A” residentially zoned building for less than 30 days. Passed in July 2010, this law was designed to eliminate shortterm rentals and illegal hotels in residential or single-roomoccupancy (S.R.O.) buildings, both of which have exploded since 2006. Contributing factors, such as the economy, the ease of using the Internet and owners’ inability to sell buildings, prompted some landlords of Continued on page 9 JOHN CATSIMATIDIS FOR MAYOR A New Yorker for all New Yorkers Paid for by Catsimatidis 2013 5 15 C A N A L STREET • N YC 10 013 • C OPYRIG HT © 2013 N YC COMMU NITY M ED IA , LLC

August 15, 2013 The Villager

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