Airbnb Host Creates Petition To Confront New York Lawmakers

Factory managers said inventories were little changed this month after climbing in September for the first time in more than a year. Stronger orders and weaker inventories is not exactly a bad combination for the production outlook, Neil Dutta, head of U.S. economics at Renaissance Macro Research LLC in New York, said in a report. The index of prices paid was little changed at 21.7 compared with 21.5, while prices received decreased to 2.4 from 8.6. A measure of factory employment weakened to 3.6 from 7.5. Factory executives in the New York Fed region viewed the future with a bit more optimism. The barometer of their outlook six months from now rose to 40.8, the highest since April 2012, from 40.6. Economists monitor the New York report and Philadelphia Fed factory readings, due on Oct. 17, for clues about the Institute for Supply Management figures on U.S. manufacturing. (EMPRGBCI) The national report is scheduled for release Nov.

Oscar Race Begins at New York Film Festival

Story Highlights His new book of photos grew from his blog He interviews his subjects throughout the city “Storytelling” as important as the photography SHARE 65 CONNECT 27 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE It’s a gloomy day in New York, not great for taking pictures, and photographer Brandon Stanton is at home in Brooklyn. But not for long. When it gets dark, he says, he’ll take out his camera he doesn’t use a flash and go looking for “pockets of light” or well-lit streets and see what he finds. The random anonymous people (and occasional dog) he snaps will join his voluminous collection, Humans of New York, an ongoing blog and now a book (St. Martin’s Press, on sale Tuesday). New York and its colorful populace have proved irresistible to Stanton, 29, who made his way to the city three years ago after losing his job as a bond trader in Chicago. He has photographed about 5,000 New Yorkers of every age, every ethnic background, in every imaginable outfit (and usually in broad daylight). What started as a hobby became a passion and a profession, after he nearly starved the first year, he admits. “New York has the biggest, most eclectic collection of people in the world,” says the affable Stanton, whose work found a distinctive edge when he began talking to his subjects. Brandon Stanton in his element, photographing the ”Humans of New York.’ (Photo: John Berube) His photos are accompanied by little stories. “It’s become much more of a storytelling blog than a photography blog,” says Stanton, who looks for people he can talk to, often sitting on benches, or walking alone. Conversations can last from 15 seconds to 10 minutes, but, he says, “When I hear my caption, I know it.” One day he shot an old man in a wheelchair his wild white hair and beard forming a pillowy halo around his intense face. The caption: “I look like God, don’t I”? Stanton takes his Canon EOS 5D Mark III out in the city every day, averaging about six portraits.

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Airbnb also got behind the petition on Monday by sending out an e-mail to its thousands of New York members. “The New York attorney general has subpoenaed the records of almost all of our New York hosts,” Airbnb’s global head of community Douglas Atkin wrote in the e-mail. “We are fighting the subpoena with all we’ve got, but poorly written laws make for even worse enforcement, and unless you help to stop it once and for all, the laws may never get better and New Yorkers will continue to suffer.” The debacle between New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Airbnb has been ongoing over the past year, but it got heated when Schneiderman filed a subpoena earlier this month. The subpoena requests three years’ worth of data on thousands of Airbnb New York hosts. Airbnb has said that it has 225,000 community members in New York. The Attorney General’s office is specifically looking for data on 15,000 hosts — it’s unclear if this includes almost all of Airbnb’s New York hosts. While Airbnb has said that it will cooperate with New York’s lawmakers to root out illegal hotel operators and slumlords, it also filed a motion last week stating the subpoena was “unreasonably broad” and it won’t turn over sweeping amounts of information on hosts who have done no wrong. Schneiderman’s subpoena is based on a 2011 New York state law that makes it illegal for New York residents to rent out a property for less than 29 days. The law is meant to protect renters, so that slumlords don’t force them to leave to make a quick buck on unlicensed hotels and short-term stays. After the petition popped up and Airbnb sent out its e-mail to New York members on Monday, a spokesman from Schneiderman’s office accused the service of fear mongering, according to the Wall Street Journal . Airbnb is “scaring and misleading thousands of well-intentioned New Yorkers and sending lobbyists to Albany to create legal loopholes,” spokesman Matt Mittenthal told the Journal. Airbnb and the New York Attorney General’s office did not immediately respond to CNET’s request for comment.

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debuts in New York. Video artist turned big screen director Steve McQueen is back at the fest with his third feature, 12 Years a Slave, which generated near-deafening Oscar buzz at this years Toronto Film Festival, and in New York alike. Alexander Payne (The Descendants, Sideways) returns too, with a fresh take on Midwestern malaise with Nebraska. Oscar-heavyweights the Coen Brothers offered their year-end delight, the 1960s New York-set Inside Llewyn Davis. The film takes a melancholy, woeful look at the folk scene in Greenwich Village in the 1960s, and is already generating buzz as an Oscar favorite. Ben Stiller has also returned to the directors chair with The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, an uneven but visually dazzling interpretation of the 1939 short story by James Thurber. And Mr. Redford himself turned up in All Is Lost, as a resourceful sailor lost at sea. Though it is not slated to be released until early 2014, the latest from near-legendary indie director Jim Jarmusch proves to be an unexpected highlight of this years crop of films at the fest. Only Lovers Left Alive, a vampire love story debuting in New York 29 years after his first feature Stranger Than Paradise played the festival, takes an unexpectedly tender stab at the vampire genre. Set alternately in Detroit and Tangiers, Jarmusch follows centuries-old and cheekily-named vamps Eve (Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton) and Adam (The Avengers Tom Hiddleston) as they reconnect and attempt to remain civilized as creatures of the night in the 21st century. Swinton never has trouble anchoring a film, but its the light touches of humor and specific details of living for hundreds of years that sells Jarmuschs take on the genre. Would you end up a snob, if you lived that long? Probably, the film decides. Oscar-Winning Actress Tilda Swinton Sleeps at a Museum. More here. Closing out the festival is the fourth feature from Being John Malkovich and Where the Wild Things Are director Spike Jonze, who returns with a very modern romance, Her. Jonzes film made its debut at the NYFF on Saturday.