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Busting Illegal Hotels; Coney Carousel Open House

NYC—Mayor Bloomberg announced the results of a crackdown on illegal hotels in New York City after the enactment of legislation for enhanced enforcement practices. In 2011, the Office of Special Enforcment issued 1,897 violations to landlords as a result of inspections for illegally converted residential buildings into hotels – an increase of 244 percent over the previous year. [Curbedwire Inbox]

CONEY ISLAND—The Coney Island History Project and the NY Economic Development Council are hosting an open house weekend for the historic B & B Carousell. "Come meet and get your photo taken with the first restored horse from Coney Island's beloved Bishoff and Brienstein Carousell!" Visitors will be able to submit possible names for the refurbished steed. The open house will be next weekend (5/5-6) from noon to 4p, Saturday and Sunday, at 3059 W 12th Street at the entrance to Deno's Wonder Wheel Park.