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Subway Ventilation Project, Though Deferred, Still Draws Murray Hill Ire

Subway Ventilation Project, Though Deferred, Still Draws Murray Hill Ire

BY JACKSON CHEN | Despite the fact that a controversial Metropolitan Transportation Authority plan to build an emergency ventilation plant in Murray Hill has been put off until the agency’s next five-year capital plan, neighborhood residents are still fuming. The MTA scheduled a hearing on the project on April 5 to take public testimony as […]

Jimmy Breslin, New York’s Greatest Columnist, Dies

Jimmy Breslin, New York’s Greatest Columnist, Dies

BY ANDY HUMM | Jimmy Breslin, who died March 19 at 88, was the greatest newspaper columnist in New York at a time when as top columnist for the Daily News, he could command half a million dollars a year and the tabloids he wrote for had immense power. Those days are over for newspapers, […]

CB8 Presses Stringer for Marine Transfer Station Audit

CB8 Presses Stringer  for Marine Transfer Station Audit

BY JACKSON CHEN | With neighbors of the planned 91st Street Marine Transfer Station (MTS), now under construction, still unhappy about its impending opening in 2020, members of Community Board 8 have stepped up their demands for greater financial accountability regarding the project, including an audit by City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office. The MTS was approved […]

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 […]

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