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Maloney: Despite Trump Transit Cuts, Second Ave Subway Safe

Maloney: Despite Trump Transit Cuts, Second Ave Subway Safe

BY JACKSON CHEN | Despite hailing from the Big Apple himself and touting infrastructure improvement during his campaign, President Donald Trump’s cuts to the federal Department of Transportation’s budget could leave two major New York City projects in the shadows. Trump’s budget blueprint, released on March 16, proposes to squeeze $2.4 billion from the federal […]

DOT Blind to West 96th-WEA Hazards, Critics Say

DOT Blind to West 96th-WEA Hazards, Critics Say

BY JACKSON CHEN | City Councilmember Helen Rosenthal, Community Board 7, and local residents are calling for safety improvements at the intersection of West 96th Street and West End Avenue to prevent what they warn is a fatality waiting to happen. Both the north- and southbound traffic flows on West End Avenue are equipped with […]

With Caveats, Brewer Signs Off on Midtown East Rezoning

With Caveats, Brewer Signs Off on Midtown East Rezoning

  BY JACKSON CHEN | Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer has given her formal thumbs up to the Midtown East rezoning proposal, but recommended several guidelines for additional steps that should be undertaken in implementing it. The rezoning aims to revitalize the Midtown East area with modern office developments by offering prospective developers denser buildings […]

Subway Ventilation Project, Though Deferred, Still Draws Murray Hill Ire

Subway Ventilation Project, Though Deferred, Still Draws Murray Hill Ire

BY JACKSON CHEN | Despite the fact that a controversial Metropolitan Transportation Authority plan to build an emergency ventilation plant in Murray Hill has been put off until the agency’s next five-year capital plan, neighborhood residents are still fuming. The MTA scheduled a hearing on the project on April 5 to take public testimony as […]

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 […]

Midtown Rezoning Wins Borough Nod –– Except from Community Boards

Midtown Rezoning Wins Borough Nod –– Except from Community Boards

BY JACKSON CHEN | A majority of the Manhattan Borough Board – composed of the borough president, its city councilmembers, and community board chairs – approved the Department of City Planning’s Midtown East rezoning plan on March 16, but noted the action comes while the plan is still in the middle of an evolving review process. […]

Brewer, Garodnick Field Feedback on Midtown East Rezoning

Brewer, Garodnick Field Feedback on Midtown East Rezoning

BY JACKSON CHEN | With the Midtown East rezoning plan progressing through its formal approval process, the Manhattan Borough Board — a body composed of the borough president, its councilmembers, and the chairs of its 12 community boards — held a forum to field questions and suggestions from parties who will be affected by the plan […]

CB8 Presses Stringer for Marine Transfer Station Audit

CB8 Presses Stringer  for Marine Transfer Station Audit

BY JACKSON CHEN | With neighbors of the planned 91st Street Marine Transfer Station (MTS), now under construction, still unhappy about its impending opening in 2020, members of Community Board 8 have stepped up their demands for greater financial accountability regarding the project, including an audit by City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office. The MTS was approved […]

Port Authority Finalizes 10-Year Capital Plan With $3.5B for New Bus Terminal

Port Authority Finalizes 10-Year Capital Plan  With $3.5B for New Bus Terminal

BY JACKSON CHEN | In a February 16 vote, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s board gave final approval to a 10-year capital plan of $32.2 billion. The 2017-2026 plan includes a $3.5 billion allocation for the replacement of its Midtown bus terminal – a project for which there is no agreed-upon approach […]

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 […]

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