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Spurred by New Bus Terminal Threat, Hell’s Kitchen Residents Forge New Coalition

Spurred by New Bus Terminal Threat,  Hell’s Kitchen Residents Forge New Coalition

BY JACKSON CHEN | At the Hell’s Kitchen South Community Coalition’s first official meeting on February 7, members presented the results of an expansive neighborhood survey conducted since December and began discussing their goals moving forward. The coalition was first ignited as the community’s way of responding to its lack of public input into the […]

Valuing Midtown Development Right Sales Stirs Opposition

Valuing Midtown Development Right Sales Stirs Opposition

BY JACKSON CHEN | Representatives of landmarked buildings, preservation advocates, and the Real Estate Board of New York all criticized a set floor price standard established for development right sales under the proposed Midtown East rezoning during a February 6 public hearing at Community Board 5. The rezoning is aimed at bringing modern office development to […]

Lex Line Riders Breathe Easier as Second Ave Subway Catches On

Lex Line Riders Breathe Easier as Second Ave Subway Catches On

BY JACKSON CHEN | The Second Avenue Subway is succeeding in relieving congestion for Upper East Side commuters on the Lexington Avenue lines, according to statistics released this week by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. A month into service, the Second Avenue Subway saw more than 155,000 riders on January 27, according to the agency’s numbers […]

Maloney Says Second Avenue Subway a Trump Infrastructure Priority

Maloney Says Second Avenue Subway a Trump Infrastructure Priority

BY JACKSON CHEN | Echoing press reports from earlier this week, Congressmember Carolyn Maloney confirmed today that President Donald Trump and his team have listed Phases 2 and 3 of the Second Avenue Subway among their infrastructure priorities for federal funding. According to documents obtained by McClatchy’s Kansas City Star and The News Tribune and reported […]

Midtown West Super-Projects Tackled at CB5 Forum

Midtown West Super-Projects Tackled at CB5 Forum

BY JACKSON CHEN | To bring some organized planning to the cluster of crucial transportation projects in Midtown West, Community Board 5 hosted a forum exploring the future options for the area. Located within a roughly 10-block area, there are four major proposed projects in the neighborhood, including the replacement of the dilapidated Port Authority […]

With New Bus Terminal Fuss Unabated, Port Authority Allocates Billions

With New Bus Terminal Fuss Unabated, Port Authority Allocates Billions

BY JACKSON CHEN | The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey earmarked $3.5 billion for its controversial bus terminal replacement project as its board approved a $29.5 billion 2017-2026 capital plan on January 5. The replacement project aims to expand on the capacity of the decades-old bus terminal on Eighth Avenue between 40th […]

Council Presses NYPD on Officer Deployments at Trump Tower

Council Presses NYPD on Officer Deployments at Trump Tower

BY JACKSON CHEN | Members of the City Council are making clear they are fed up with the unprecedented impact of President-elect Donald Trump staying in his Fifth Avenue residence, with Trump Tower surrounded by armed NYPD officers and Secret Service agents, especially given the economic pitfalls nearby businesses and the city overall are confronting as […]

Seniors Demand Second Ave Select Bus Service at East 72nd

Seniors Demand Second Ave Select Bus Service at East 72nd

BY JACKSON CHEN | Upper East Side residents are pressing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to upgrade the M15’s East 72nd Street local stops into Select Bus Service for the area’s senior citizen population. With the Second Avenue Subway finally online, the MTA will restore the avenue’s bus stops out of commission due to the new line’s […]

City Sets Levy on Midtown East Development Rights Sales at 20 Percent

City Sets Levy on Midtown East Development Rights Sales at 20 Percent

BY JACKSON CHEN | The Department of City Planning certified the proposed Midtown East rezoning on January 3, moving the initiative aimed at reinvigorating the area with modern office building construction into the public review phase. The first step of that review allows Community Boards 5 and 6 to weigh in with resolutions, expected in two […]

A Very Happy Subway Ride

A Very Happy Subway Ride

BY JACKSON CHEN | On New Year’s Day at 11:25 a.m., the Q train pulled into the 57th Street-Seventh Avenue stop to everyone’s excitement. Straphangers were far beyond the yellow line and pressed up against the train, constantly checking the time for it to hit 12:00. But it was no ball drop they were waiting […]

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