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UESers Debate How to Curb Mushrooming Supertalls

UESers Debate How to Curb Mushrooming Supertalls

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | Upper East Siders are debating how tall they want buildings to rise in their neighborhood. A discussion on height limits was the focus of a land use forum hosted June 6 by Civitas, a non-profit that advocates on neighborhood quality of life issues on the East Side. Though some at the meeting […]

The Shadows Megatowers Cast on a Light-Starved City

The Shadows Megatowers Cast on a Light-Starved City

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | As a marathon runner, Lisa Mercurio runs in Central Park as often as she can since she lives just a mile from the 840-acre park. For her, Central Park is an escape from the city. Park-goers are surrounded by beauty, she said, and sometimes where you are in the city becomes unrecognizable. […]

Vance Targets Wage Theft in Manhattan Construction

Vance Targets Wage Theft in Manhattan Construction

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., has announced charges against a Queens-based construction company for stealing $1.7 million in wages and defrauding the state’s insurance fund by millions of dollars. More than 500 construction workers who helped build some of the best known new high-rises in Manhattan — including the Steinway Tower […]

At District 3 West Side Summit, Taking Stock and Making Plans

At District 3 West Side Summit, Taking Stock and Making Plans

BY SAM BLEIBERG | What a difference a day — and for that matter, a year — makes. While District 3 residents spent most of their Saturday dodging raindrops, it was blustery but bright on the afternoon of Sunday, May 20, as the community gathered on the High Line’s 14th Street Passage for the fourth […]

Department of Buildings Conference Cites Risk Reduction as “Moral Imperative”

Department of Buildings Conference Cites Risk Reduction as “Moral Imperative”

BY EILEEN STUKANE | Twelve construction workers died in 2017, a fatality number that has remained the same for the last three years. “The 12 fatalities are unacceptable,” said Timothy Hogan, the city Department of Buildings’ deputy commissioner for enforcement. He was speaking to more than 350 building professionals at the DOB’s eighth annual Build […]

Vacancy Tax Would Fine Landlords Who Let Storefronts Languish

Vacancy Tax Would Fine Landlords Who Let Storefronts Languish

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | As the specter of empty storefronts continues to haunt the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s floating of a possible penalty for landlords who leave properties vacant for long periods of time has been greeted by elected officials and advocates as an encouraging sign. “I’m heartened [by] City Hall’s attention to […]

Amidst LPC Rules Change Fight, Chief Resigns

Amidst LPC Rules Change Fight, Chief Resigns

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | When Meenakshi Srinivasan announced on April 19 that she would be resigning as chairperson of the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission, the timing struck many as peculiar. Less than a month earlier, a public hearing at LPC over a proposed rules change for the agency was standing room only, and the overwhelming majority […]

Hudson River Park Trust Plans Pier 97 Renovation

Hudson River Park Trust Plans Pier 97 Renovation

BY WINNIE McCROY | On Apr. 12, nearly 50 community members gathered at the Hotel Trades Council building in Midtown for a meeting of the Waterfront, Parks & Environment Committee (WPE) of Community Board 4, to share their “wish list” of items for the renovation of Pier 97. On hand to discuss the project was […]

Expanding Affordable Housing, Green Space in Hell’s Kitchen

Expanding Affordable Housing, Green Space in Hell’s Kitchen

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | The Hell’s Kitchen South Coalition (HKSC) unveiled a draft of its neighborhood plan at their Tues., April 3 meeting. “We are excited to share what we’ve been working on in the past year,” the Reverend Tiffany Triplett Henkel, chair of the coalition’s steering committee, said to kick off the meeting […]

Google Deal Sealed: Chelsea Market is Off the Market

Google Deal Sealed: Chelsea Market is Off the Market

BY WINNIE McCROY | In a move that cements Google’s commitment to the West Side tech corridor, the Internet giant announced on Tues., Mar. 20 their purchase of Chelsea Market from Jamestown for $2.4B. The two companies have agreed to work together to ensure a smooth change of ownership, with Jamestown retaining its role as a […]

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