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Ninth Ave Water Main Redo Threatens Trees, Congestion

Ninth Ave Water Main Redo Threatens Trees, Congestion

BY JACKSON CHEN | The city’s Department of Design and Construction (DDC) is planning to tear up a chunk of Ninth Avenue to replace ancient water mains, enlarge the sewer pipe, provide utility and curb/sidewalk upgrades, and install new traffic signals and street lighting poles. While necessary, the project will impact traffic flow along an […]

Cuomo Bids to Yank Penn Station Repairs from Amtrak’s Control

Cuomo Bids to Yank Penn Station Repairs from Amtrak’s Control

BY JACKSON CHEN | Governor Andrew Cuomo believes his administration can do better than the federal government, so he is requesting that Amtrak hand over the critically needed Penn Station repair project to New York State. The nation’s largest rail hub, which Cuomo likened to catacombs, is already running at double capacity, serving more than […]

Car Plows Into Times Square Crowd, Killing One, Injuring 22

Car Plows Into Times Square Crowd, Killing One, Injuring 22

BY JACKSON CHEN | One person was killed and at least 22 injured in Times Square after a driver plowed through the crowds on the pedestrian plaza at around noon on May 18, officials said. An 18-year-old woman died at the scene, and the 22 injured people, who suffered broken bones and other traumatic injuries, were […]

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 […]

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 […]

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