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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 […]

Ninth Ave Water Main Redo Threatens Trees, Congestion

Ninth Ave Water Main Redo Threatens Trees, Congestion

BY JACKSON CHEN | The city’s Department of Design and Construction (DDC) is planning to tear up a chunk of Ninth Avenue to replace ancient water mains, enlarge the sewer pipe, provide utility and curb/sidewalk upgrades, and install new traffic signals and street lighting poles. While necessary, the project will impact traffic flow along an […]

Environmental Study of Natural History Museum Expansion Bared

Environmental Study of Natural History Museum Expansion Bared

BY JACKSON CHEN | The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) took another step in the lengthy approval process for its controversial expansion as the Department of Parks and Recreation released the project’s draft environmental impact statement on May 18. The Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation comes with a $340 million price […]

City Embraces Public Say on Garment District Future

City Embraces Public Say on Garment District Future

BY JACKSON CHEN | To weave more public input into the proposed Garment District zoning change, the city on May 10 announced the creation of a steering committee that would review the controversial proposal and offer its recommendations. The Garment District rezoning plan was first presented during a Community Board 5 meeting in March. Initiated by […]

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