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“As a New Yorker just trying to pay my bills, I don’t understand why they think I’m a slumlord.” “I figure that if we get 20,000 people to sign the petition, we’ll get the state Senate’s attention,” she continues. “If we hit that goal by October 20th, I pledge to deliver the signatures to every senator myself.” As of this writing the petition has surpassed 20,000 signatures, the majority of which were gathered within the last 24 hours. 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. This article originally appeared on CNET .

New York accent voted second most attractive: How you doin?

The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for a reading of 7. The gauge dropped even as orders climbed to the highest level in seven months, indicating production will probably pick up next month. The budget and debt-ceiling standoff in Washington may have shaken confidence within manufacturing, which makes up about 12 percent of the economy. A lot of manufacturers uncertainty can be blamed on the fiscal brinkmanship, rather than a deterioration in fundamentals, said Ryan Sweet , a senior economist at Moodys Analytics Inc. in West Chester , Pennsylvania, who projected the index would drop to 1. The improvement in new orders is reason for optimism. Stock futures were little changed, after a four-day rally took the Standard & Poors 500 Index to a three-week high, as investors weighed budget-talk developments. The contract on the S&P 500 maturing in December dropped less than 0.1 percent to 1,703 at 8:55 a.m. in New York. Survey Results Octobers estimates for the so-called Empire State index in the Bloomberg survey of 51 economists ranged from minus 2 to 10. The headline reading is a separate question rather than a compilation of subcomponents and is therefore sometimes considered a gauge of underlying sentiment. The measure of new orders increased in October to 7.8, the highest since March, from 2.4 the previous month. A gauge of shipments declined to 13.1 from a 16-month high of 16.4 in September. 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.

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Now that Capital is close to filling up its reporter ranks on the politics and media desks, editors are lining up several weekly city columnists for the site’s early November relaunch. Capital’s first three columnists will be Jim Windolf, a Vanity Fair contributing editor who has written for several publications and started the New York Observer’s “New York World” column; Joanna Molloy, a veteran Daily News gossip writer and co-author of a new book on the subject; and Glynnis MacNicol, a writer and co-founder of and former media editor at Business Insider and Mediaite. The model will be more Jimmy Breslin than Joe Scarborough. While Politico columnists, like Scarborough or National Review editor Rich Lowry, comment on political and policy debates, Capital’s writers will produce reported columns that also express a point of view. They’ll draw from the city columnist tradition that extends from tabloid muckraking, a la Breslin, to the New York Times’ Clyde Haberman. Capital co-editor Tom McGeveran told HuffPost the new columns will focus on “New York issues, New York personalities and New York places.” “This is a tradition in which the best columns always entertain,” McGeveran said. “Sometimes they even change the minds of the city’s big decision makers; better yet is when a columnist changes their plans.” The new columnists are not joining full-time, but will write weekly for the site. However, Capital has been filling up the newsroom with full-time reporters and editors since Politico purchased the three-year-old site in September. On the politics front, Capital’s hired Daily News veteran Joanne Wasserman , the Albany Times Union’s Jimmy Vielkind , the New York Post’s Sally Goldenberg . Capital media reporter Joe Pompeo will now be joined on the desk by several additional reporters, including TV Newser’s Alex Weprin, Women’s Wear Daily’s Matthew Lynch, former Newsday and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Nicole Levy, and World Policy Journal’s Johana Bhuiyan. In addition, Peter Sterne will cover media part-time for the site while finishing at Columbia University. Follow Michael Calderone on Twitter: FOLLOW MEDIA

Apparently if you are from New York you are doing very well according to a recent survey conducted by, which asked 2,000 users which region of North America had the most attractive accent, and New York ranked second. The southern drawl earned top nods with 36.5%, 45% males and 28% females preferring yall over the New York yo, that garnered 16.5%, 10% males and 23% females. What is it that makes the New York accent so appealing to members of the opposite sex? According to the popular dating network,, New Yorkers have a short, sharp directness that sometimes comes across as harsh, but that didnt stop it from landing second place as most attractive accent in North America. The New Yawk tawk is quite popular, especially amongst those women surveyed, possibly because it is so recognizable, which makes it a favorite with singles. Fuggedaboutit! Those of us born and bred in New York know all too well how cute our speech is. But, we also understand that among the regions of this big state are variations of the famous New Yawk talk, most notable New Joisey, who adopted its dialect from New York transplants, yet ranked 5% in the sexy accent survey. Long Island, or as we like to say, Lawngeh Eyelan, has a sweet twang associated with the likes of Theresa Caputo. Den dere is da Brooklynese, and if you didnt understand dat or that, it translates to then there is the Brooklynese, where people use turlets (toilets). Staten Island is a combination of all of the above, but only residents of the Big Apple can identify the dissimilarities. We also lay claim to the tuff-tawkin Puerto Rican/New York accent, along the lines of Rosie Perez. However, a new, most annoying derivative of the New York inflection has been growing amongst young urbanites, teens and college-aged individuals, the speech where they whine and elongate sentences and end statements in the form of a question?

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Knicks Ownership Desperate for a Winner Desperate teams take drastic measures and after the Knicks traded for Anthony, they entrenched themselves firmly in win-now mode. With Amar’e Stoudemire’s knees deteriorated to the point where he’ll never live up his contract and newly re-signed J.R. Smith coming off knee surgery and a substance-abuse suspension, the Knicks’ situation defines desperate. Stoudemire’s situation led to New York trading for Bargnani and signing World Peace as insurance at the forward position. Woodson and the Knicks are under immense pressure to perform this season and if they don’t, owner James Dolan will be more than willing to make a reactionary move or three. Getting rid of Woodson fits the bill. New York Fans Won’t Accept Mediocrity It’s not just the owner who’s prone to reactionary moves, as a New York fan base starved for a winning basketball team will likely force Dolan into drastic decisions if the Knicks don’t excel this season. Fans would be devastated to see Anthony go, regardless of whether they view him as a player who can lead a team to a championship or not. Anthony’s departure would leave Knicks fans feeling as slighted as Lakers fans when Dwight Howard chose Houston over Los Angeles. No matter what kind of season he has, fans know he’s the meal ticket that will keep New York in the playoffs over the next few seasons and will look elsewhere for a scapegoat. That scapegoat has a tendency to be the head coach. Despite the Knicks picking up Woodson’s option, there are many things working against him in his quest to return beyond the 2013-14 season.