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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Taking on Incumbent, Mel Wymore Again Tosses Hat into District 6 Ring

Taking on Incumbent, Mel Wymore Again Tosses Hat into District 6 Ring

BY JACKSON CHEN | Mel Wymore is taking a second shot at making history as the City Council’s first out transgender member, announcing his campaign for Council District 6 on March 16. But first, he would have to survive a second round against the seat’s incumbent, Helen Rosenthal. Wymore, 55, first faced off against the […]

Midtown Rezoning Wins Borough Nod –– Except from Community Boards

Midtown Rezoning Wins Borough Nod –– Except from Community Boards

BY JACKSON CHEN | A majority of the Manhattan Borough Board – composed of the borough president, its city councilmembers, and community board chairs – approved the Department of City Planning’s Midtown East rezoning plan on March 16, but noted the action comes while the plan is still in the middle of an evolving review process. […]

Tenant Harassment Takes Center Stage

Tenant Harassment Takes Center Stage

BY JOAQUIN COTLER | More than 100 people — tenants, representatives of community and legal advocacy organizations, and elected officials — rallied on City Hall’s steps on the morning of February 23 calling on the City Council to pass a package of bills intended to curb what is often referred to “construction-as-harassment” on the part of […]

Stand For Tenant Safety –– The Specifics

Stand For Tenant Safety –– The Specifics

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The following 12 bills, currently before the City Council, are aimed at improving oversight of building construction and renovation by landlords to prevent them from using that to harass tenants out of their homes. The measures, first introduced in 2015, are sponsored by 11 councilmembers and supported by Stand for Tenant Safety […]

Brewer, Garodnick Field Feedback on Midtown East Rezoning

Brewer, Garodnick Field Feedback on Midtown East Rezoning

BY JACKSON CHEN | With the Midtown East rezoning plan progressing through its formal approval process, the Manhattan Borough Board — a body composed of the borough president, its councilmembers, and the chairs of its 12 community boards — held a forum to field questions and suggestions from parties who will be affected by the plan […]

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 […]

Port Authority Finalizes 10-Year Capital Plan With $3.5B for New Bus Terminal

Port Authority Finalizes 10-Year Capital Plan  With $3.5B for New Bus Terminal

BY JACKSON CHEN | In a February 16 vote, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s board gave final approval to a 10-year capital plan of $32.2 billion. The 2017-2026 plan includes a $3.5 billion allocation for the replacement of its Midtown bus terminal – a project for which there is no agreed-upon approach […]

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