Most people don't know it, but buildings in residential zoning districts in NYC are gen. required to have rear yards that are accessible to the tenants (except or corner buildings). In the East Village, these open spaces are nearing extinction. Email if you would like more information or if you have information.
Out of concern for the "barbarization" of his East Village neighborhood, Halpern has sued the State Liquor Authority for permitting bottomless brunches, though the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act prohibits offers of unlimited drinks. Email Halpern for a copy of the complaint.
Halpern Legal Clinic is a charitable organization that will provide fee advice and guidance on all matters relating to New York's Unemployment Insurance Law. Best to call 212-598-4192 before noon.