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Renewed Push to Focus on New Construction’s Shadows

Renewed Push to Focus on New Construction’s Shadows

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | Upper West Side City Councilmember Mark Levine is betting that his proposal for a task force to study the impact of building shadows will win support on his second try, three years after the measure languished in the Council. The bill — which Levine reintroduced two weeks ago — would create a […]

In E. 58th St. Tower Fight, Debate Over Who’s Ahead

In E. 58th St. Tower Fight, Debate Over Who’s Ahead

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | An Upper East Side community group is claiming a small victory in its legal battle against a tower under construction on E. 58th St. But that victory, the developer counters, is nothing more than a mere coincidence due to the project’s construction timeline. The East River Fifties Alliance (ERFA) — which […]

Rallying So Rent Spike Doesn’t Write Drama Book Shop’s Final Act

Rallying So Rent Spike Doesn’t Write Drama Book Shop’s Final Act

BY WINNIE McCROY | After learning that rent hikes are likely to shutter their beloved Drama Book Shop in early 2019, longtime customers are rallying to support the 100-year-old independent store, which stocks thousands of plays, serves as a go-to gathering place for passionate patrons of the arts, and even plays host to a black box […]

On West 53rd, Affordable Housing Lottery Favors Locals

On West 53rd, Affordable Housing Lottery Favors Locals

BY WINNIE McCROY | After 14 years of negotiations and construction, the huge apartment building at 540 W. 53rd St. is preparing to open their affordable housing lottery. And this charming brick building offers units for a variety of household sizes and income levels from about $39,000­ to $172,000 — from a single person to a […]

With Broad Support, Sarah Carroll OKed as Landmarks Chief

With Broad Support, Sarah Carroll OKed as Landmarks Chief

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | Sarah Carroll, executive director of the Landmarks Preservation Commission since 2014, won approval from the City Council on Sept. 26 as the agency’s new chair. Carroll, a 24-year veteran of the LPC who has spent much of her time in the agency’s preservation department, will replace former chair Meenakshi Srinivasan, who served […]

At Hudson Yards, Tensions Flare Between Related, Unions

At Hudson Yards, Tensions Flare Between Related, Unions

BY MICHAEL ROCK | As development at Hudson Yards continues, sparring between The Related Companies, which oversees the neighborhood’s development, and the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York (BCTC), the umbrella organization for the construction unions Related has hired for the project, is poised to go the distance. A major issue of contention […]

Battle Against Supertalls Hits W. 66th St.

Battle Against Supertalls Hits W. 66th St.

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | An Upper West Side block association is revving up the fight against a proposed tower at 50 W. 66th St., and in the process, it scored a meeting held last Tuesday with the Department of City Planning to talk about zoning loopholes the group says are spawning inappropriately tall buildings north […]

City Reneging on All-Affordable Plan on W. 55th St.

City Reneging on All-Affordable Plan on W. 55th St.

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | A long-promised 16-story, 100-percent affordable apartment building in Hell’s Kitchen could instead become a development of 30 to 50 stories with a majority of the units offered at market rate, according to four plans that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office proposed to local elected officials earlier this month. A plan to build […]

Park-Starved Hudson Yards to Get Three New Green Acres

Park-Starved Hudson Yards to Get Three New Green Acres

BY MICHAEL ROCK | When the final crane comes down and its construction phase ends, Hudson Yards will bring a massive influx of office workers, new residents, tourists, and shoppers to a part of the West Side that can still seem unfamiliar and unwelcoming. Despite being the location of Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, a number […]

Manufacturers Make Case for Garment District Staying in Manhattan

Manufacturers Make Case for Garment District Staying in Manhattan

BY MARK NIMAR | The future of Manhattan’s Garment District was among the fashionable topics of concern at July 25’s full board meeting of Community Board 4 (CB4), as a costume designer, a glove maker, and an embroidery expert insisted the city’s recently proposed zoning laws for the iconic neighborhood will negatively affect their businesses, […]

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