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City More Than Doubling Funding for Lower-Income Tenants in Housing Court

City More Than Doubling Funding for Lower-Income Tenants in Housing Court

BY JACKSON CHEN | The city will pump millions of new dollars into tenant legal services that by the fifth year will represent an increase of $93 million over current levels, according to a February 12 announcement by Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. The new funding will more than double […]

Garodnick Leads Charge on Small Business Rent Tax Relief

Garodnick Leads Charge on Small Business Rent Tax Relief

BY JACKSON CHEN | City Councilmembers across Manhattan are calling for reform of a decades-old commercial rent tax they say is burdening many local businesses into extinction. The commercial rent tax (CRT) was created in 1963 as a revenue generator that charges businesses paying more than $250,000 in annual rent a 3.9 percent levy. In […]

Spurred by New Bus Terminal Threat, Hell’s Kitchen Residents Forge New Coalition

Spurred by New Bus Terminal Threat,  Hell’s Kitchen Residents Forge New Coalition

BY JACKSON CHEN | At the Hell’s Kitchen South Community Coalition’s first official meeting on February 7, members presented the results of an expansive neighborhood survey conducted since December and began discussing their goals moving forward. The coalition was first ignited as the community’s way of responding to its lack of public input into the […]

Valuing Midtown Development Right Sales Stirs Opposition

Valuing Midtown Development Right Sales Stirs Opposition

BY JACKSON CHEN | Representatives of landmarked buildings, preservation advocates, and the Real Estate Board of New York all criticized a set floor price standard established for development right sales under the proposed Midtown East rezoning during a February 6 public hearing at Community Board 5. The rezoning is aimed at bringing modern office development to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Upper West Sider Gives Back to His Home of 45 Years

Upper West Sider Gives Back to His Home of 45 Years

BY JACKSON CHEN | Victor González served five years in the United States Air Force and more than 10 years as a tenant association president and as a Manhattan community board member. His current public service, however, relates to the 44 years he’s lived in the city’s public housing. At 67 and as a proud resident […]

Midtown West Super-Projects Tackled at CB5 Forum

Midtown West Super-Projects Tackled at CB5 Forum

BY JACKSON CHEN | To bring some organized planning to the cluster of crucial transportation projects in Midtown West, Community Board 5 hosted a forum exploring the future options for the area. Located within a roughly 10-block area, there are four major proposed projects in the neighborhood, including the replacement of the dilapidated Port Authority […]

LPC Mulls Waldorf Interiors, With Pleas for Starlight Roof

LPC Mulls Waldorf Interiors, With Pleas for Starlight Roof

BY JACKSON CHEN | There’s no decision yet regarding a proposed landmark designation for the Waldorf Astoria Hotel’s interiors, but during the first public hearing on the question many voiced their desire to have the Landmarks Preservation Commission include the hotel’s 18th floor Starlight Roof as part of the landmarking. During the LPC’s public hearing […]

City Preserves Disco Aesthetic at One UN Plaza, Ambassador Grill

City Preserves Disco Aesthetic at One UN Plaza, Ambassador Grill

BY JACKSON CHEN | The Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously designated the Ambassador Grill and the hotel lobby at One United Nations Plaza the city’s most recently built interior landmark on January 17. The commission’s designation covers the building’s main lobby area, the connected vestibule and hallway, and the Ambassador Grill dining and bar areas of […]

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