— Some 32,000 older middle class homeowners in New York City are now eligible for property tax breaks, thanks to legislation Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law. AARP today praised the Governor and the bill’s sponsors, Senator Diane Savino and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh. The new law (S4628A/A7463A) increases the income threshold for homeowners 65 and over to qualify for programs that freeze their property tax bills – potentially saving them up to $1,750 a year. Now, those with incomes up …

— Summer is moving season, so scams by moving companies are on the rise. Save yourself the aggravation of being forced to pay exorbitant prices at the risk of scammers holding, stealing, and selling all of your possessions. To avoid being scammed, always research your moving company to make sure it is legitimate. Look for reviews from real customers and proof that that company is registered with the Federal government and insured.   Remember to trust your gut. If something doesn’t feel right, it …

— It’s been 100 years since the United States entered World War I. Although the war began in August 1914 (and ended in November 1918), the United States stepped in during April of 1917. Since New York was so heavily involved in the war – this was the state that contributed the most number of soldiers, provided the most tons of supplies and raised the most money – a couple of efforts have been made to honor the centennial of WWI …

— New York City tenants and taxpayers have reason to celebrate thanks to today’s City Council passage of Right to Counsel legislation that will provide all low-income tenants access to a lawyer in housing court. AARP applauds this first-in-the-nation legislation, which will make New York City a leader in preventing wrongful evictions– while dramatically reducing the cost to taxpayers for homeless shelters to house those wrongfully evicted. Thanks to the new bill, all tenants with incomes up to 200% of the …

— The dog days of summer have arrived. But with soaring temps and hours spent in the hot sun, an indoor (and air-conditioned!) activity can be a refreshing change of pace. If you’re looking to switch up your summer days and maybe even learn something new, check out the women’s suffrage exhibit at the New York State Capitol. This year marks the 100th anniversary of New York women winning the right to vote. From the Seneca Falls Convention to Elizabeth Cady …

— November is National Family Caregivers Month and what better way to celebrate than an art exhibit? AARP, along with the Long Island Arts Alliance (LIAA) and Bloomingdale’s Furniture Gallery, is holding their first Art@50+ exhibit this November to showcase the works of artists 50 years of age and older. While the submission fee is $25, AARP members can enter their art for free! To celebrate the caregivers in our lives (especially during the month that’s dedicated to them), the theme …

— AARP has filed a letter urging state administrative law judges to reject the latest maneuverings by New York’s Energy Service Company industry to continue delaying a state inquiry into their deceptive marketing practices and false promises of savings. AARP and the Public Utility Law Project of New York (PULP) also encouraged consumers to avoid signing up with energy service companies (ESCOs) in the interim. “AARP is urging its members and all New Yorkers to refrain from signing contracts with ESCOs …

— Do you love to read? Have you ever visited the famous NYC bookstore, The Strand? Well if you have or if you haven’t, stop by sometime during this very special year – The Strand turned 90! As part of the celebration, The Strand is asking customers to submit their photos from the last 90 years. In addition to books, The Strand has fascinating literary events hosted by an array of talented guest speakers and performers every night of the week …

— While the Summer of Love is known as a West Coast event, there were plenty of artists and hippies having similar celebrations right here in New York. The East Village became a haven for young adults fleeing the confines of their straight-and-narrow parents, while SoHo gave rise to a generation of artists and free-thinkers that thrived on the love and music that filled the neighborhood. The July Fourth weekend may be behind us, but this summer offers another festive anniversary …

— Summer is meant for relaxation and fun in the sun, but real estate fraud can be another unfortunate part of the season. Some scammers steal photos and descriptions from other listings and mysteriously disappear once they’ve got your money, so copy and paste a few lines of text and run a quick search to make sure the offer you’re considering is real. Strange area codes and addresses, or listings that use exceptionally poor English, are other red flags that the …