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Pols Rally to Holmes Residents Unhappy Over Park Loss

Pols Rally to Holmes Residents Unhappy Over Park Loss

BY JACKSON CHEN | Politicians are rallying behind the residents of Holmes Towers who object to the city creating a 50-50 affordable housing/ market-rate apartment complex on the site of a children’s playground at the Upper East Side public housing facility. Elected officials joined Holmes residents and representatives of the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center and Community […]

UES Push to Honor Henry Stern Sooner Rather than Later

UES Push to Honor Henry Stern Sooner Rather than Later

BY JACKSON CHEN | In a move that would preempt traditional practice for dedicating park facilities in New York City, residents and elected officials on the Upper East Side are pressing to rename the pool in John Jay Park after Henry Stern, the former longtime commissioner of the Department of Parks and Recreation. During a September […]

Parks Department, Community at Loggerheads on Queensboro Oval’s Future

Parks Department, Community at Loggerheads on Queensboro Oval’s Future

BY JACKSON CHEN | Community Board 8 and elected officials are gearing up for a battle to take back Queensboro Oval for full-time public use even as the Department of Parks and Recreation made clear its intention to issue a request for proposals for continued private management of the park land. Representatives of the Department of […]

Push to Move Citi Bike Dock Out of Pedestrian-Free UES Block

Push to Move Citi Bike Dock Out of Pedestrian-Free UES Block

BY JACKSON CHEN | Community Board 8 has requested the relocation of a Citi Bike docking station on a portion of East 91st Street that is vehicle-free and frequented by many elderly and disabled residents. Community Board 8’s Transportation Committee had earlier approved the docking station’s location as part of a bundle of new sites for […]

Up Next on East End Avenue: Off Off Off Broadway?

Up Next on East End Avenue: Off Off Off Broadway?

BY JACKSON CHEN | Instead of city offices going dark at 5 p.m., theater companies may be able to keep them lit up — with their footlights — under a new City Council proposal that would allow such organizations to rent the space for rehearsals and performances. The bill’s author, Councilmember Ben Kallos, is hoping to […]

City’s New Regs Clamp Down on Cranes

City’s New Regs Clamp Down on Cranes

BY COLIN MIXSON | The city took the first steps toward tightening regulations of construction cranes and their operators, implementing several measures designed to prevent collapses like the one that claimed the life of David Wichs, a 38-year-old Upper West Side man, in Lower Manhattan earlier this year. The action by the Department of Buildings (DOB) […]

Rents Frozen Again for One-Year Lease Renewals

Rents Frozen Again for One-Year Lease Renewals

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Despite calls for an unprecedented rent rollback, tenant activists hailed this week’s decision by the city’s Rent Guidelines Board to freeze rents on one-year leases in rent-stabilized apartments. “The Rent Guidelines Board’s decision to freeze rents this year demonstrates what we can accomplish when we raise our voices and stand up for […]

Pols Rally to Cause of Returning Queensboro Oval to the People

Pols Rally to Cause of Returning Queensboro Oval to the People

BY JACKSON CHEN | East Side politicians have joined Community Board 8’s efforts to “de-privatize” the Queensboro Oval as the city’s lease with a tennis court operator there draws closer to an end. The park, located on York Avenue between East 59th and 60th Streets, is occupied by Sutton East Tennis and its courts and bubbles […]

As Council Rushes Approval of Landmarks Bill, Preservationist Critics Spy an Out

As Council Rushes Approval of Landmarks Bill, Preservationist Critics Spy an Out

BY JACKSON CHEN AND YANNIC RACK | Just a day after the City Council’s Land Use Committee voted in favor of controversial landmarking reforms, the bill was passed by a large majority of the Council. But preservationists, though still adamantly opposed to the measure approved on June 8, have found a sliver of solace after discovering […]

Despite Preservationists’ Concerns, Council Gallops to Revise Landmarking Process

Despite Preservationists’ Concerns, Council Gallops to Revise Landmarking Process

BY JACKSON CHEN | The City Council’s Land Use Committee voted on June 7 to reform the city’s landmarking process by creating strict deadlines for the Landmarks Preservation Commission to designate landmarks and historic districts. According to the bill, Intro 775A, the LPC would be allowed one year to designate an individual property as a […]

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