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Garment District Rezoning Plan Draws Harsh Fire at CB5

Garment District Rezoning Plan Draws Harsh Fire at CB5

BY JACKSON CHEN | The city is proposing to revise the zoning framework of the Garment District, which has seen a steady drop of manufacturing availability and a spike in hotel developments. However, many of the area’s remaining workers and business owners are finding the city’s approach to be rushed and flawed. During a Community […]

Crafting a Times Square Vision for New Yorkers

Crafting a Times Square Vision for New Yorkers

BY JACKSON CHEN | With Times Square’s recent debut of more than two acres of new pedestrian space, a group influential in setting policy for the Crossroads of the World is now moving on to shape a more sweeping vision for the area that will appeal to New Yorkers and visitors alike. Beginning in 2013, […]

De Blasio, His Commissioners Queried Across the Board by West Siders

De Blasio, His Commissioners Queried Across the Board by West Siders

BY DENNIS LYNCH | Mayor Bill de Blasio answered dozens of questions from New Yorkers during two hours of Q&A at a West Side town hall on March 15. Anyone could ask the mayor whatever they wished, and the crowd who turned out at the Lab School for Collaborative Studies on West 17th Street pressed […]

East River Esplanade Repair Costs Now Put at $200MM

East River Esplanade Repair Costs Now Put at $200MM

BY JACKSON CHEN | The cost estimate for repairs to the East River Esplanade has ballooned to roughly $210 million, up from the initial $115 million, according to recent numbers from the Department of Parks and Recreation. The portion of the esplanade that stretches from East 60th Street to East 125th is in dire need […]

Lacking Local Funding, Doe Fund Suspends UWS, UES Service

Lacking Local Funding, Doe Fund Suspends UWS, UES Service

BY JACKSON CHEN | The Doe Fund, known for its men in royal blue uniforms that keep streets clean, launched a fundraising campaign last week in hopes of restoring street sweeping service to the Upper East and Upper West Sides. Doe Fund employees typically patrol a route where they sweep streets, pick up litter, and […]

Midtown South Community Council Takes Aim at Sidewalk Clutter

Midtown South Community Council Takes Aim at Sidewalk Clutter

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | The Midtown South Community Council (MSCC) didn’t wait for spring to set their sights on removing a winter’s worth of clutter from the sidewalks of Hell’s Kitchen. The group’s March 16 meeting, held four days prior to the calendar’s change of seasons, saw the council determined to clean up sidewalks […]

On March 17, Everybody’s Irish

On March 17, Everybody’s Irish

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | Just a few days after late winter snow hobbled New York, a bright sunny day greeted the marchers and enthusiastic crowds that turned out for the March 17 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. In a route that runs up Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 79th Street, Emerald Society Pipes and […]

Neighborhood Bike Shop Adapts to Retail’s New Realities

Neighborhood Bike Shop Adapts to Retail’s New Realities

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | Wear a helmet” and “Don’t go too cheap” are aphorisms Enoch Hooper dishes out like a Zen master doles out koans when customers enter Enoch’s Bike Shop. The longtime Hell’s Kitchen resident and business owner may be a fan of short statements, but his knowledge of bicycles is a well […]

Big CB8 Thumbs Down on First Avenue Liquor License Renewal

Big CB8 Thumbs Down on First Avenue Liquor License Renewal

BY JACKSON CHEN | Community Board 8 has once again disapproved a liquor license renewal for a First Avenue bar widely thought of as a bad neighbor to nearby residents. La Nuit Restaurant at , between East 62nd and 63rd Streets, defines itself on its website as a “tapas bar, restaurant, and hookah lounge in its […]

Councilmembers Endorse $25 Million for Institutions Targeted by Hate

Councilmembers Endorse $25 Million for Institutions Targeted by Hate

BY JACKSON CHEN | In response to the recent rise of hate crimes in New York City, two city councilmembers are proposing a $25 million fund for security grants to cultural institutions and community centers. Upper West Side Councilmember Mark Levine and Queens Councilmember Rory Lancman together announced the initiative outside City Hall on March […]

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