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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 […]

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 […]

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