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Modern household help - number and hiring
When/where: real life, any major American city

Searched: read Wikipedia article on "butler"

Anyone out there have personal experience with this, either upstairs or down?

My MC (who has graced these pixels before) is a Wall Street /wunderkind/ currently living in a co-op on the Upper East Side.

Within about a year she expects to be a) married, b) pregnant, and c) living in a suitable suburb, perhaps somewhere like
She's not into conspicuous consumption, but does want to keep things in good working order.

1) What does such a place take in the way of servants? I expect there's going to be a full-time cook; maintenance and grounds-keeping will be contracted out, and there will be full-time child care when the time comes. Housekeeper - full- or part-time?

2) There will, of course, be agencies happy to help you fill these positions. How hard is it to find good people without going through an agency (e.g. word of mouth)?

Appeals process in New York state courts & proving miscarriage of justice
Mike may be beyond even my help.
I've got a story set in present-day New York, in an alternate universe in which, instead of a massive prison system, the main mode of punishment in for most crimes in the US is to have your labor leased for a period of time to private, corporate, or governmental entities in what amounts to a modern-day, punitive slavery. (Significant because there's a lot of abuse in the system; in particular, while leased convicts are theoretically still allowed to avail themselves of legal services, there's no requirement that a leaseholder must provide them with any specific ways to get in contact with/initiate those services, like internet access, phones, or access to mail. So privaely-leased convicts can end up unable to take a lot of action for themselves.)

One of my characters has been forced into this system by a combination of planted evidence and a public defender who was paid off to flub the trial. She was sentenced in a state court, not a federal court, so that's the appeals process I'm looking at. My questions are:

1) Would she have to be involved in the process of filing an appeal – would her signature need to appear on a form, etc? Or would a third party be able to hire a lawyer to file an appeal on her behalf, without her input?

2) Regardless of what happens in the appeals process, someone in the FBI starts looking at the trial because one of their actual investigations has dovetailed into it. (It looks possible that this woman has been set up so that someone can purchase her lease so they can secure information on someone she once worked for who the FBI now has an active investigation on, but there's no hard evidence.)
a) Once there's suspicion that the public defender took a bribe/evidence was planted, who would look into it? Would the investigation be handed off to the NYPD, or stay with the FBI?
b) If the investigation revealed that the defender was paid off, what would happen? Would the trial have to be re-done?
c) If the investigation revealed that evidence was planted, what would happen? Would the trial have to be re-done?

Any insight here is appreciated. I'm already working with an alternate universe, so I can probably feel justified in making some stuff up, but I'd like to keep as much recognizable as I can. And I'm flailing in the dark on a lot of this – I can find a lot about how appeals work, generally, but I haven't had luck finding the specific information I'm looking for.

Researched: Variations on "how to file an appeal", "appeal filed on behalf of", "appeals process", "new york court appeals", "wrongful conviction", "miscarriage of justice", "investigation of bribery in court"; spent a lot of time pouring over legal resources on how appeals are conducted.

Education in the 1930s, USA
eevee evolutions
Finding out any details about this is impossible. I've googled variations of the title of this post, and the most useful thing I've come up with was a blog, which wasn't particularly relevant. 

Ideally I'm looking for an idea of what high school kids in NYC were taught at that time, subject-wise. Failing that, I'll settle for some really obvious things that we get taught nowadays that they didn't. At the mo my brain can't see past computers, DNA and the atom bomb.

Thank you very much!

custody of orphaned child blood relative vs nominated guardian
TIMELINE: New York City, 1992-1994

SITUATION: A five year old girl is orphaned in an apartment building fire. Her only known blood relative, a great-uncle, shows up at the hospital where she's being treated for smoke inhalation to claim her (he has papers to prove the relationship) and takes her home with him.
However, the girl's parents have filed wills which nominate the girl's godparents as her guardian in case of their deaths. Once they hear about the fire (maybe two days later?) they contact the parents' attorney about her location.
All these characters live in NYC, if that helps. The great uncle in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, the girl in a different section of Brooklyn, and the godparents in Queens.

1) the great uncle is in his fifties, and the girl or her parents have only met him face to face once or twice before this (he's kept in touch with christmas cards and such). He's very good at projecting a harmless appearance, and can 'boost' his powers of persuasion to make people do what he wants (like, say, persuade a tired and harrassed social worker that he's a fit guardian for the next two months or so).

2) the godparents are only in their early to mid twenties - both are employed, but at fairly low-paid jobs. They're not married, but they've been a couple for several years (they actually met at the girl's christening). However, they've been in constant contact with the girl growing up, and love her dearly. They are also happy to adopt her formally, and willing to move to her old neighbourhood in Brooklyn if it will help her adjust. They are not only the legal nominees, they truly believe the little girl would be better off with them.

3) the girl and her parents aren't the only victims of the fire. Would it be feasible that in the confusion it would take two days or so for social services to catch up with the great uncle? I can only think that someone from the hospital would have automatically contacted them about the minor child, but it would take them several hours for someone to show up, only to be told that the child's been taken into custody by a relative. How soon would a home visit be arranged? And how many home visits, and at what intervals, would take place afterward due to a custody battle?

SPOILERS: The Great Uncle is actually a practitioner of black magic (thus the 'persuasion' boost), who started the fire that killed the parents himself, in order to get his hands on the girl. The idea is that he manages to keep her for two months or so, in order for certain astrological conditions to be met - then finds he doesn't need to use the girl to get what he wants. He then contacts social services and offers to turn her over to the godparents, claiming he's too old and set in his ways (could even throw in a serious illness as garnish) to raise her, and he's happy to sign papers giving up custody. She won't have any further contact, legal or otherwise, with the great-uncle during his lifetime. The godparents take her to live with them in Queens, formally adopting her.

I've googled custody hearings, custody battles, blood vs nominated guardianship, but I only get results for current-day situations.

inheritance tax in new york city / real estate
all you need is chocolate
TIME/LOCATION: 2012, New York City (specifically brooklyn)

SITUATION: a pair of distant cousins learn they have inherited the estate of their mutal great-uncle; he died intestate, and the cousins inherited by default after being traced by the probate office. The estate consists of a four-story (with basement) brownstone in Brooklyn, which was bought around WW2 and has passed down in a direct line. The great-uncle also ran an antiques shop out of the ground-floor level. The GU (for reasons of his own) wasn't one for paperwork, so it was very difficult for the probate office to find out the exact income of the store.

1) what kind of inheritance tax would they have to pay in actual money? (ballpark figure is fine)

2) Could they get some kind of installment plan to pay the tax?(one of the cousins has recently been honorably discharged from the army and the other is a graduate student on sabbatical.) Or would they have to, say, get a bank loan to pay off the tax at once?

3) near the end of the story, the cousins (for plot reasons) decide to take over the antique store and run it themselves. They've also become friends with an old acquaintance of the GU who worked on commission for him as a buyer, and is willing to do the same for them. Would running a business out of the building affect the above at all? What if their new friend bought in as a partner - would he be expected to pay any of it (I don't think so, but best to check)? Would that count as some kind of income to affect a possible installment plan?

4) originally, the cousins planned to sell the building; what kind of sum could they have expected for selling/renting out the building? (the ground floor is retail; the top three floors are bare-bones apartments) it's in good condition, but needs a great deal of updating; most of the fixtures haven't been upgraded since the 1980's or so.

previously searched: inheritance tax+US; brooklyn; real estate, NYC;

[ANSWERED] Driving route from Lyme, Connecticut to Brooklyn, NY
My story is a present-day supernatural thriller.

Two of my characters drive from Lyme, Connecticut to Brooklyn New York at night, in a regular car.

I found a driving trip planner that shows a route:

But it doesn't tell me - or I can't figure out - what the main roads, bridges and/or landmarks would comprise the metropolitan NY part of the route. 

Is there anyone who could give me a bit more information, or direct me to where I could find out more? I want to know mostly what road they'd be on when they got into Brooklyn, and how they would get there from the mainland, and which boroughs they'd drive through to get to Brooklyn.

Any help is most welcome, thanks.

[ANON POST] Jewish funerals and mourning practices
music, serious face
When: January 1950, slightly alternate history

Where: Syracuse, NY

What: MC is (Conservative) Jewish, 25 years old, and his father has recently died (unpremeditated murder; it's complicated). I'm writing the story in short sections, and I'd like to have a scene set at the funeral, but, in spite of the research I've tried doing, I'm still having trouble getting a coherent picture of the order of events. (Eulogy, procession to gravesite, etc. . . . ?) If someone could give a sort of step-by-step of how the typical smallish funeral would be conducted, that would be great. It would also be great if I could get some suggestions about what would be the best part of the funeral to focus on for the story; for the sake of drama, I'd like it to be some particularly emotional point. (If it matters, he's an only child, there with his mother; other close relatives are either deceased or living too far away to make it in time.)

Also, MC is in a workplace environment where obvious signs of mourning, such as keriah and not shaving or getting a haircut for at least 30 days, wouldn't be very well accepted. I'm guessing that he can get along with a torn ribbon for the former, and that the latter maybe can be relaxed, since he's not Orthodox, although conscientious?

I offer, in advance, thanks for any help and apologies for any ignorance I may have betrayed!

Resources used: search terms such as "jewish funerals," "funerals in judaism"; the Wikipedia page on "Bereavement in Judaism";; the Judaism 101 and Jewish FAQ sites; some eHow pages

New York City, Police Dept Uniforms
Here's what I need, for a novel I am co-writing. We need a better list of the NYPD Uniform, like shirts and pants and the colors, and any other equipment that goes with it. And I would like the criteria for a detective's uniform/ wardrobe.

I have searched New York Police dept. Uniform. cop uniforms nypd

any help would be appreciated

New York: summer, JFK airport, carding, sandwich eating
Aziraphale also worshiped books
I'm slowly going backward on the NY tag here, but in the meantime here are my questions:

1 a) How hot & dry is June and July in New York this year? How much hotter is it compared to previous summers?
I'm more interested in anecdotes than precise degrees in Fahrenheit.

1 b) JFK airport has air-conditioning, yes? Is the air-conditioning freezing cold in the summer?
When would the heat hit you: at the baggage claim or once you exit the airport doors?

2) Does it make sense for someone to take a taxi to the airport, then when he's picked up the people he meant to pick up, have a car service (Lincoln, etc.) come meet them in front of the terminal?

3) According to this and this, JFK Terminal 3 is awful like a v. awful thing:
As if it weren't outdated and uncomfortable and just terribly laid out for its current capacity and security procedures, Delta has clearly given up on any pretence of trying to maintain the facility. To call it filthy and falling apart would be a bit like saying the sun is bright, or basketball players are tall. Check-in, security, bathrooms, waiting areas - all of it, just atrocious

Is this pretty accurate? And would this be something a NY-er would take in stride? (Like the smells of Metro?)

4) A NY-er LJ friend told me they're not strict about carding people in NY, unless you're a group of obviously underage people. Is that right? What about alcohol being served in a private function (wedding anniversary banquet, etc.)?

5) In NY, if you cut a big sandwich/hamburger in half with a knife and fork before eating it by hand, do you end up looking like a tool or is that just common sense?

Thank you in advance!

Boy Scout Uniforms and Rules as of 1986
So, the think is that I write a load of Kids Incorporated fanfic. I got this idea a long while ago and I would like to describe uniforms and rules for the Boy Scouts when the fic is set (1986) and where it's set (New York).

My questions are:
  • Description or picture of uniform?
  • Would someone who dropped out of high school but has started studying for his diploma be able to become an Eagle Scout?
  • Were boys allowed to join without parental involvement? (ie, there dad doesn't 'check the place out')
  • What would a typical meeting consist of?
I tried Googling stuff like "1986 boy scout outfit" to no avail. Wikipedia doesn't have any info. And I can't find anyone to ask.

So, can anyone here tell me anything about this subject?

New York Private Investigator Regulations
icon addict
Has there been any major change to the New York private Investigator licensing laws since 2008? I've managed to access the regulations for 2010 but I don't know how much they differ from 2008. I already know about the introduction of electronic fingerprinting in 2009. I presume before then they would have used rolled fingerprinting instead.

Am I missing anything?

Thank you in advance.

Regional names for deli meat
Hello folks,

Been looking up names for different meats and am now curious as to what they're called by region. You know, the stuff you get from your deli and put on sandwiches, whether you call them subs, hoagies, po'boys, etc. More specifically, I'm looking for terms used in the following areas (since I have characters from said areas):

New York
New Orleans (I'm leaning towards 'cold cuts' since that's what Google seems to be coming up with, though it hasn't been stated explicitly since most regional maps I'm looking at seem to have overlooked it).
California (though character from here was originally born and raised for the first five years in the northeast and tends to stick to northeastern terms because that's what was more commonly used at home and some Californian terms didn't sound 'right' to her. I may have her interchange at times). Edit: Yes, I'm aware a young child in most cases would adapt to where they're moving to and living longest, but this person in particular doesn't and never has gotten along with her peerage and doesn't want to sound like them.

Search terms used:

'What lunch meat is called in New York/California/New Orleans/London'
'Regionalisms for lunch meat'

Wiki also came up with this but was very non-specific:

Any help would be more than appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Edit 3: Thanks for all the help, I have all the answers I need now. :)

Father gaining sole custody of child/NICU wards
prisma awesomeness, doodle, characters

Setting: New York City, twelve years in the future.

I have a general idea of how this kind of thing works, my parents are foster parents, but in Texas, not New York, where laws are different. All things considered, especially since the story is twelve years in the future, laws are different/will be different, and there is room for some tweaking (laws change all the time, who knows where it would be twelve years in the future?).

Googled New York Custody Laws. Found out that they strictly view it in the best interest of the child, and neither mother or father have 'dibs'. Custody is determined by who is the primary caregiver/spends the most time with the child. I also found that the child has to have lived there for a minimum of six months or it goes by the state. Mental and physical well being is taken into consideration as well. I haven't been able to find anything on NICU wards that I'm looking for. I found out that standards for NICU wards vary state to state, but some standards include, aside from the medical requirements like preventing airborne infections, adequate hand washing stations, ect, having an area for the family to be able to store their things, and even sleep nearby if they wish, as well as having adequate privacy to meet with people like church clergymen. Search terms include NICU wards and for specifics that go into what is involved with a baby born somewhere between 28 and 31 weeks (I haven't decided on which yet, but I want it to be somewhere in the range of three months premature). The March of Dimes site has good information, but it's very general and limited to statistics on what the child is at risk for, what kind of health problems, what the baby will weigh, etc, but nothing on what happens AFTER the baby is born.

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Any help on this would be most appreciated.

Consequences for a minor interfering in a police investigation
Sarah in Crystal
My story takes place in modern-day New York state, in a small downstate town. One of the main characters has been arrested for what has been perceived as interfering with the police's investigation of a serial killer. She is 17, and already in hot water with the local law enforcement.

My question is this: What sort of penalties would this character face? Is interfering with the investigation of a rather large and serious matter such as a serial killer at large the sort of crime that would get her jail time, or a large fine, or what? Will her age affect the outcome?

I've already googled the terms "NY state penal code interfering with investigation" and "NY state police interfering penalties." I've gotten several articles about how the laws are defined, but not the penalties for breaking them. Thank you!

Sentencing for inter-state long-term kidnap of adult and 17 yr old?
Hi everyone,

I'm heading towards the final chapters of a novel and it's time to get the bad guy in jail. Thank you in advance for your help.

Setting: California and New York, present day

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stargazing in or near new york city
av; as a team
I've tried googling various versions of "stargazing in or near new york city" but all I get is stuff on astronomy clubs and observatories, or info on spotting celebrities.

In my story, two characters who live in Manhattan (upper east side) want to do some old-fashioned stargazing - no telescopes, just laying on the ground and looking up at the sky. As that's probably not going to happen in the city, how long/far would they have to drive to get to a decent view? Would it be possible for them to get to somewhere nice and quiet - maybe some countryside away from any city or town - within two hours? They'll be leaving around midnight on a Friday or Saturday, if that helps traffic-wise.

Residence of rich crazy early 20th century woman?
Years are 1915-1923, location is probably near New York. No idea how to search this, though--it's more of a social feel thing.

Sorry about all the posts lately, Phillipa is *insisting* on being figured out.

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Shift schedules of a junior corrections officer
Where and when: Upstate New York (Mohawk Correctional Facility, to be precise), 1990.

I have searched: Google with variants on "correction officer schedule New York" (which got me payroll information), "correction officer shift New York 1990" etc. Also looked around on the DOCS page for New York state.

What I need to know: My MC is dating a guy who just started working as a corrections officer for Mohawk Correctional Facility. He was assigned there after completing the training school program. Basically, when is the guy likely to be at work or not at work? I don't need tons of nitty gritty on the job itself or anything, just the sort of times he'd be on and off duty and how much that would change once he became more established in his career.

Disability Benefits From A University
Girl with Owl
Hello there! I'm preparing for this year's stab at NaNoWriMo, and I have a question. I checked Google, but most of what I found was about social security benefits, which I think is different--I'm looking into this, and might use depending on what information I get about this. But I can't really find anything dealing with this particular issue. I also asked my mom because she tried to get disability through her job, but her information only has limited application...she works retail.

If a professor at a present day New York university has to stop working due to illness, what kind of disability payments is he eligible for, if any? How long would they last? Said professor is tenured, I'm not sure what difference that makes but I figure I should mention it. The illnesses are many, this story is about a woman who can give people diseases with her mind, but one of the MAIN ones is cancer. Does it matter if the university is state-run (like a SUNY/CUNY) or private? Also, would he be totally ineligible if he receives some money from publications? (Maybe there's a maximum amount of outside income?) Does it matter if his wife has a part-time retail job?

Anyway, thank you for your help!

Sending Letters to RAF officer
25 May
Setting: A medium-sized town in New York, December 1944
Searched: I've looked up letters from the time period, but haven't been able to find anything useful.

My character is a fourteen-year-old girl, raised in England but currently living in the States.  Her father is a Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force, currently deployed in the Ardennes mountains.  She sends letters to him frequently.  How would she address them?