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Non-Profit Funding Scramble Shifts from City Hall to Albany

Non-Profit Funding Scramble Shifts from City Hall to Albany

BY JACKSON CHEN | With a storm of uncertainty and unwelcome signs coming out of the new Trump administration, a coalition of non-profits are looking to the state and its budget to help shore up their frayed sector against a widely anticipated decline in federal resources. Across New York, more than 300 non-profit organizations have […]

Health Department Owns Up to UES Rat Problems

Health Department Owns Up to UES Rat Problems

BY JACKSON CHEN | The city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has released results of a rat population survey on the Upper East Side, detailing just how widespread the rodent infestation is throughout the area. According to a “Rat Indexing” map the department presented during a Community Board 8 meeting on January 31, there were […]

CB8 Demands Queensboro Oval’s Speedy Return to Public Control

CB8 Demands Queensboro Oval’s Speedy Return to Public Control

BY JACKSON CHEN | The Department of Parks and Recreation has presented three suggestions regarding what the Upper East Side’s Queensboro Oval could become, but Community Board 8’s Parks Committee is making clear it will not negotiate over any plan to keep it privately controlled. The Queensboro Oval on York Avenue between East 59th and […]

Public Advocate Calls Out “100 Worst Landlords”

Public Advocate Calls Out “100 Worst Landlords”

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, on October 13, issued her Worst Landlords Watchlist, identifying the 100 residential property owners with the most violations — as of September 6 of this year — from the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development and the Department of Buildings. The HPD violations include […]

Foldable Bike Riders Win Access to Office Building Passenger Elevators

Foldable Bike Riders Win Access to Office Building Passenger Elevators

BY JACKSON CHEN | New York City cyclists can now bring foldable bicycles into office building elevators after Mayor Bill de Blasio signed City Councilmember Helen Rosenthal’s “Bike to Work” bill into law. The new law from the Upper West Side councilmember requires office buildings to allow cyclists to carry their folded-up bikes into passenger elevators […]

Pols Rally to Holmes Residents Unhappy Over Park Loss

Pols Rally to Holmes Residents Unhappy Over Park Loss

BY JACKSON CHEN | Politicians are rallying behind the residents of Holmes Towers who object to the city creating a 50-50 affordable housing/ market-rate apartment complex on the site of a children’s playground at the Upper East Side public housing facility. Elected officials joined Holmes residents and representatives of the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center and Community […]

Even With de Blasio as Broker, Two Sides Far Apart on West 97th Street Nursing Home

Even With de Blasio as Broker, Two Sides Far Apart on West 97th Street Nursing Home

BY JACKSON CHEN | Amidst an ongoing battle between opposing parties regarding a controversial nursing home project on West 97th Street, Mayor Bill de Blasio and his administration have for some time been quietly working to broker a solution acceptable to both sides. Healthcare nonprofit Jewish Home Lifecare is trying to move forward on a 20-story […]

Over Stringer, Brewer Objections, Tour Choppers Given Five-Year Renewal

Over Stringer, Brewer Objections, Tour Choppers Given Five-Year Renewal

BY COLIN MIXSON | A group of mayoral appointees voted to extend the deal allowing tourist helicopters to operate over Manhattan from Downtown’s Pier 6 — over the opposition of elected officials who hoped to deny any contract that would allow the locally loathed industry to persist. All of the appointed members of the city’s Franchise […]

The Underfunding of Nuts and Bolts at NYC’s Non-Profits

The Underfunding of Nuts and Bolts at NYC’s Non-Profits

BY JACKSON CHEN | Underfunded and struggling non-profits across New York that are reliant on municipal contracts are calling for a $25 million increase in city funding to cover the costs of things like rising rent, equipment purchases, capital repairs, and more. In contracts with non-profits, costs outside paying staffers their salary are categorized as “other […]

Buildings Department Takes Aim at Tenant Harassment During Renovations

Buildings Department Takes Aim at Tenant Harassment During Renovations

BY EILEEN STUKANE | The first week of May was Construction Safety Week in New York City — and on May 4, the city Department of Buildings held a Build Safe/ Live Safe Conference in Manhattan. Acknowledging that the citywide building boom has occasioned an increase in construction accidents, the DOB insisted that safety is […]

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