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As Demolition Looms, a Race to Preserve 1954 ‘Memory’ Mural

As Demolition Looms, a Race to Preserve 1954 ‘Memory’ Mural

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | Preservationists, City Councilmember Corey Johnson’s office, and a developer are looking to conserve a piece of 1950s New York: Julien Binford’s mural at a former bank on the corner of W. 14th St. and Sixth Ave. Binford’s mural — “A Memory of 14th Street and Sixth Avenue” — graces the […]

City Slip-Ups Allow Hell’s Kitchen Residential Demolition

City Slip-Ups Allow Hell’s Kitchen Residential Demolition

BY LEVAR ALONZO | At its most recent meeting, Community Board 4 members and elected officials on hand were up in arms as they discussed lapses by the Department of Buildings (DOB) that are allowing for the demolition of two more residential buildings in Hell’s Kitchen. The pair of four-story buildings at 335-337 W. 55th St. […]

New Laws Give More Muscle To Tenant Safety

New Laws Give More Muscle To Tenant Safety

BY EILEEN STUKANE | Tenants subjected to dangerous and intentionally demoralizing conditions were given new hope last week, in the form of legislation designed to, among other things, mitigate “construction as harassment” — a tactic employed by landlords and building owners in which unpleasant living conditions are used to harass rent-regulated New Yorkers until they […]

Facing Dissent, City Slows Down Garment District Rezoning

Facing Dissent, City Slows Down Garment District Rezoning

BY NATHAN DICAMILLO | Garment workers and industry leaders along with elected officials presented recommendations last Friday aimed at slowing down a proposed rezoning of the Midtown district that has been the industry’s traditional home, urging the city’s Economic Development Corporation to phase out longstanding manufacturing space preservation requirements only over time and replace them with […]

Fighting to Keep Her Home In One Piece

Fighting to Keep Her Home In One Piece

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | Mold. Flooded basement. Leaks so persistent mushrooms sprouted. Rodents. No heat, hot water, or cooking gas. And this: “I almost had the building demolished with me in it.” This is a partial list of the burdens longtime tenant Cathy Levan has faced in her apartment since the building’s ownership changed […]

Despite Landmarks’ Gripes, Midtown East Rezoning Clears City Council Hurdles

Despite Landmarks’ Gripes, Midtown East Rezoning Clears City Council Hurdles

BY JACKSON CHEN | A City Council subcommittee unanimously approved the Midtown East rezoning plan, offering a few adjustments before the plan was unanimously approved by the full Council on August 9. Meeting on July 27, the Council’s Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises reviewed the plan, which aims to revitalize Midtown East — bordered roughly […]

Cooley to Pull Up Stakes, Lay Down Law at Hudson Yards

Cooley to Pull Up Stakes, Lay Down Law at Hudson Yards

BY TAYLOR TIAMOYO HARRIS | A Silicon Valley-based law firm is the latest tenant to choose Hudson Yards. Cooley LLP announced in a July 31 press release that their new location at 55 Hudson Yards (btw. W. 33rd & 34th Sts.) will take up 130,000 square feet, and will spread across five floors. “We’re excited […]

Leery Locals Say Something’s Off at Target Site; City Agrees

Leery Locals Say Something’s Off at Target Site; City Agrees

BY WINNIE McCROY | The dust went flying and so did the fur, at a Midtown West construction site currently in its excavation phase. Locals say XIN Development is not doing enough to clear the air and control the noise at the future home of a luxury apartment building with a Target store on the […]

Hollow Core: Can Secondary Housing Market Rescue Midtown?

Hollow Core: Can Secondary Housing Market Rescue Midtown?

BY ANDREW WARBURTON | It’s no secret that Midtown Manhattan, despite being one of the most sought-after places to live in the United States, if not the world, is home to an abundance of vacant apartments. Last year, Patrick Radden Keefe, staff writer for the New Yorker, cited US Census Bureau statistics showing that one third […]

Tenant Advocates Join Democratic Clubs In Supporting Mark Levine

Tenant Advocates Join Democratic Clubs In Supporting Mark Levine

BY JACKSON CHEN | City Councilmember Mark Levine has earned endorsements from a tenant political action committee and six Democratic political clubs throughout District 7 in his bid for a second term. Levine is facing off against two Democratic challengers for his Council seat, in which he represents the Upper West Side, Morningside Heights, West […]

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