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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 […]

Amid Proliferation Fears, UWS Skyscraper Challenged

Amid Proliferation Fears, UWS Skyscraper Challenged

BY JACKSON CHEN | Even as skyscraper construction creeps further north in Midtown, neighborhood organizations are taking a stand against what could be the tallest building on the Upper West Side by filing a formal zoning challenge. At 668 feet tall and rising more than 50 stories, the proposed building at 200 Amsterdam Avenue would […]

Port Authority Now Weighs Build-in-Place Renovation

Port Authority Now Weighs Build-in-Place Renovation

BY JACKSON CHEN | In a potential dramatic change of course, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is now pursuing a study about the feasibility of renovating its existing bus terminal into a modern facility to meet the growing volume of passenger traffic. The current bus terminal on Eighth Avenue between West […]

Tenant, Pedestrian Well-Being Dominate UWS Town Hall

Tenant, Pedestrian Well-Being Dominate UWS Town Hall

BY JACKSON CHEN | City Councilmember Helen Rosenthal and a panel of city agency representatives fielded concerns and worries raised by Upper West Siders during a town hall meeting on April 25. With topics flooding in from online submissions as well as from audience members, Rosenthal at times joined the criticism of city agencies and […]

Garment Industry Aggressively Challenges Rezoning

Garment Industry Aggressively Challenges Rezoning

BY JACKSON CHEN | Organizations that are working to preserve the fabric of the Garment District are offering alternative proposals to what they see as an unfriendly zoning change being pushed by the city. The fact that criticism is coming from many quarters was clear in an April 24 forum and panel discussion convened by Borough […]

Passions Flare as Council Takes Up Tenant Protections

Passions Flare as Council Takes Up Tenant Protections

BY SEAN EGAN | When Xiao Ling Chen took her seat before the City Council Housing and Buildings Committee to give testimony in support of several new tenant harassment bills, she was probably not expecting to cry. But, in recent years, her multi-generational family has been crammed into just two rooms downtown due to extensive and […]

CB7, CB8 Press for Designated Street Vendor Locations

CB7, CB8 Press for Designated Street Vendor Locations

BY JACKSON CHEN | Community Boards 7 and 8 are both calling for designated street merchant locations as the price of their support for the proposed Street Vending Modernization Act that would double the amount of licenses circulating over a half-dozen-year period. The bill is being spearheaded by Upper West Side City Councilmember Mark Levine […]

Arriving by Sea, Vessel Takes Shape on Land

Arriving by Sea, Vessel Takes Shape on Land

BY BIANCA SILVA | Hudson Yards is one step closer to becoming one of Manhattan’s iconic gathering places, now that construction has begun on Vessel — a structure that will serve as the centerpiece of the emerging neighborhood’s five-acre Public Square and Gardens. The ambitious project was unveiled last September in a ceremony featuring Related […]

West 108th Housing Critics Release Impact Study

West 108th Housing Critics Release Impact Study

BY JACKSON CHEN | A group opposed to adding an affordable housing development to an existing transitional homeless shelter on West 108th Street has released an environmental study of adverse impacts it says the project would bring. Save Manhattan Valley (SMV) maintains that the proposal for 250 units of affordable housing and an increase to 110 […]

Affordable Housing Chief Worry at Stringer Forum

Affordable Housing Chief Worry at Stringer Forum

BY JACKSON CHEN | At an Upper West Side town hall hosted by City Comptroller Scott Stringer, affordable housing took center stage as the chief concern among neighborhood residents who lined up to air their grievances. On April 6, Stringer invited the community to the Goddard Riverside Community Center on Columbus Avenue at West 88th Street […]

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