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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, […]

Losing Battles, Supertall Opponents Hope to Win the War

Losing Battles, Supertall Opponents Hope to Win the War

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | Elected officials and community groups on the Upper East and West Sides went head to head with the developers of two uptown towers at the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) last week  — and though both buildings seem likely to be completed, there is a chance a new zoning precedent […]

MSCC Homeless, Housing Study A Roadmap

MSCC Homeless, Housing Study A Roadmap

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | For years, the Midtown South Community Council (MSCC) has planted seeds in hopes a coalition will grow to help the homeless. This month, as part of that effort, a sapling sprung when the council released its first-ever “Homeless and Housing Study.” “The idea was to answer the public’s outcries,” said John […]

Final Beam in Place in Hudson Yards’ Tallest Tower

Final Beam in Place in Hudson Yards’ Tallest Tower

BY WINNIE McCROY | On July 17, Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group placed the final beam on the steel crown of 30 Hudson Yards, the tallest building in Manhattan’s newest neighborhood. Soaring to 1,296 feet, this 2.6-million-square-foot LEED Gold-designed skyscraper by Kohn Pedersen Fox is made up of more than 40,000 pieces of steel […]

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