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Parks Advocate Challenges Helen Rosenthal for Council

Parks Advocate Challenges Helen Rosenthal for Council

BY JACKSON CHEN | A fierce parks advocate from the Upper West Side has launched his first bid for elective office, a challenge to incumbent City Councilmember Helen Rosenthal for her District 6 seat. Cary Goodman, 66, who announced his run on January 27, has no experience in elective office nor has he served on […]

Council Presses NYPD on Officer Deployments at Trump Tower

Council Presses NYPD on Officer Deployments at Trump Tower

BY JACKSON CHEN | Members of the City Council are making clear they are fed up with the unprecedented impact of President-elect Donald Trump staying in his Fifth Avenue residence, with Trump Tower surrounded by armed NYPD officers and Secret Service agents, especially given the economic pitfalls nearby businesses and the city overall are confronting as […]

City Sets Levy on Midtown East Development Rights Sales at 20 Percent

City Sets Levy on Midtown East Development Rights Sales at 20 Percent

BY JACKSON CHEN | The Department of City Planning certified the proposed Midtown East rezoning on January 3, moving the initiative aimed at reinvigorating the area with modern office building construction into the public review phase. The first step of that review allows Community Boards 5 and 6 to weigh in with resolutions, expected in two […]

Spirited Hearing on Enforcing New Home-Sharing Law

Spirited Hearing on Enforcing New Home-Sharing Law

BY JACKSON CHEN | Airbnb hosts as well as groups opposed to the home-sharing company’s activities in New York came out in droves to a December 19 hearing held by the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement that took up the question of how a new state law prohibiting the advertising of short-term rentals of homes should […]

Easing Congestion, 56th Street Reopened West of Trump Tower

Easing Congestion, 56th Street Reopened West of Trump Tower

BY JACKSON CHEN | The city has reopened 56th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, following a letter from East Side City Councilmember Dan Garodnick, who urged officials to act promptly to relieve the congestion and hardships local businesses faced due to commotion caused by President-elect Donald Trump’s Midtown residence. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on […]

Reaching Understanding With State, City, Airbnb Drops Lawsuit

Reaching Understanding With State, City, Airbnb Drops Lawsuit

BY JACKSON CHEN | Airbnb, the popular homesharing company, recently settled its lawsuit against a new state law that imposes fines for those who advertise illegal listings of short-term residential rentals. New York State already had prohibited the rental of an unoccupied apartment for periods of less than 30 days. But Governor Andrew Cuomo, on October […]

Nonprofit City Contractors Step Up Push for Better Funding

Nonprofit City Contractors Step Up Push for Better Funding

BY JACKSON CHEN | Nonprofit contractors doing business with New York City and their key ally in the City Council, Helen Rosenthal, have renewed the push for more funding after their request for dollars to cover the costs of things like rising rent, equipment purchases, and capital repairs were excluded from the 2017-2018 fiscal budget. […]

NYPD Details Security Restrictions Surrounding Trump Tower

NYPD Details Security Restrictions Surrounding Trump Tower

BY JACKSON CHEN | Details of the new security plan surrounding Trump Tower were revealed by the New York City Police Department in conjunction with the US Secret Service on November 18. With Republican President-elect Donald Trump still in residence at his 725 Fifth Avenue corporate headquarters, the NYPD has already implemented several vehicular and […]

Landmarks to Take Up Waldorf Interiors Preservation

Landmarks to Take Up Waldorf Interiors Preservation

BY JACKSON CHEN | The Landmarks Preservation Commission has decided to calendar interior spaces within the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and will be determining a date for a public hearing on November 1. At that later hearing, the commissioners will deliberate on the interior spaces of the Waldorf Astoria’s ground, first, second, and third floors and […]

Upper West Side SRO Residents Prevail in Housing Court

Upper West Side SRO Residents Prevail in Housing Court

BY JACKSON CHEN | Seven tenants of a single-room occupancy building on the Upper West Side are beginning to receive much-needed repairs after filing a lawsuit against their landlord and winning the case in Housing Court. For several years, the residents of 361 West 116th Street have been living amongst rodent and roach infestations in their […]

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