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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Shearith Israel Secures Final OK for Nine-Story Development

Shearith Israel Secures Final OK for Nine-Story Development

BY JACKSON CHEN | The Board of Standards and Appeals, in a swift, unanimous vote on February 28, approved Congregation Shearith Israel’s plans to construct a nine-story mixed-use development behind the synagogue at 8 West 70th Street. The project was originally conceptualized in 2008, with five residential floors topping out a building with three floors of […]

Queensboro Oval’s Fate Still Uncertain, Sutton East Tennis Given Another Year

Queensboro Oval’s Fate Still Uncertain,  Sutton East Tennis Given Another Year

BY JACKSON CHEN | As the debate over the permanent status of the Queensboro Oval continues, the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation has announced it will renew the Sutton East Tennis Club’s license to operate at the park for another year. Sutton East Tennis Club has run a seasonal paid facility, housed in an inflatable […]

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