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–A man waiting in a wheelchair for a bus on Avenue D was robbed by three men who used a stun gun on him. [Channel 4]

–A crackdown on Airbnb hosts begins in New York City. This article profiles a Lower East Side resident who, “rents out her tiny one-bedroom apartment in an old tenement building” when she goes on foreign trips. Although what she’s doing is illegal, some lawmakers say the crackdown is not aimed at the “little guy.” [The Guardian]

–There will be a rally on Valentine’s Day (tomorrow) by activists fighting the redevelopment plan for the former P.S. 64/CHARAS Community Center. [EV Grieve]

–The mayor is announcing a new program which will offer free legal services to tenants facing eviction. [Politico New York]

–There was a pro-immigration rally in Washington Square Park, as fears grow about the federal government’s roundups of undocumented immigrants. [Daily News]

–There were dueling abortion rights rallies held over the weekend in the East Village. [Gothamist]

–The Bowery, “once gross,” now attracts, “pretty downtown scenesters and celebs” to several new boutique gyms. [New York Post]

–Holland Cotter reviews the new Raymond Pettibon exhibition at the New Museum, noting that, “we’re going to need all the critical words — and images — at high volume that we can get” at a time when,  “the governing model of democratic expression means shouting down and silencing the opposition.” [New York Times]

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