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Battle Against Supertalls Hits W. 66th St.

Battle Against Supertalls Hits W. 66th St.

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | An Upper West Side block association is revving up the fight against a proposed tower at 50 W. 66th St., and in the process, it scored a meeting held last Tuesday with the Department of City Planning to talk about zoning loopholes the group says are spawning inappropriately tall buildings north […]

City Reneging on All-Affordable Plan on W. 55th St.

City Reneging on All-Affordable Plan on W. 55th St.

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | A long-promised 16-story, 100-percent affordable apartment building in Hell’s Kitchen could instead become a development of 30 to 50 stories with a majority of the units offered at market rate, according to four plans that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office proposed to local elected officials earlier this month. A plan to build […]

Park-Starved Hudson Yards to Get Three New Green Acres

Park-Starved Hudson Yards to Get Three New Green Acres

BY MICHAEL ROCK | When the final crane comes down and its construction phase ends, Hudson Yards will bring a massive influx of office workers, new residents, tourists, and shoppers to a part of the West Side that can still seem unfamiliar and unwelcoming. Despite being the location of Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, a number […]

Manufacturers Make Case for Garment District Staying in Manhattan

Manufacturers Make Case for Garment District Staying in Manhattan

BY MARK NIMAR | The future of Manhattan’s Garment District was among the fashionable topics of concern at July 25’s full board meeting of Community Board 4 (CB4), as a costume designer, a glove maker, and an embroidery expert insisted the city’s recently proposed zoning laws for the iconic neighborhood will negatively affect their businesses, […]

Mathews-Palmer Playground Officially Reopens

Mathews-Palmer Playground Officially Reopens

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | The spiffy silver caboose rocked back and forth as children’s cries of joy could be heard. The railroad car was a nod to Mathews-Palmer Playground’s past, fittingly, as on July 31, its present began — the playground was officially reopened. It has been a long track to the opening of […]

Central Park Honors Women’s Suffrage — And Its Complicated History

Central Park Honors Women’s Suffrage — And Its Complicated History

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | Meredith Bergmann, a sculptor for more than 40 years, has been selected as the artist who will create the first Central Park statues representing non-fictional women. Last year, the city’s Parks Department announced plans for a monument honoring women’s suffrage movement leaders Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, and the design Bergmann […]

Losing Battles, Supertall Opponents Hope to Win the War

Losing Battles, Supertall Opponents Hope to Win the War

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | Elected officials and community groups on the Upper East and West Sides went head to head with the developers of two uptown towers at the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) last week  — and though both buildings seem likely to be completed, there is a chance a new zoning precedent […]

At District 3 West Side Summit, Taking Stock and Making Plans

At District 3 West Side Summit, Taking Stock and Making Plans

BY SAM BLEIBERG | What a difference a day — and for that matter, a year — makes. While District 3 residents spent most of their Saturday dodging raindrops, it was blustery but bright on the afternoon of Sunday, May 20, as the community gathered on the High Line’s 14th Street Passage for the fourth […]

AIDS Walk Raises $4.4 Million

AIDS Walk Raises $4.4 Million

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | On a Sunday in Central Park where participants were given an option of a 10k walk or a 5k run, 20,000 people joined in the annual AIDS Walk New York and raised more than $4.4 million to benefit Gay Men’s Health Crisis and dozens of other HIV service organizations in […]

Vacancy Tax Would Fine Landlords Who Let Storefronts Languish

Vacancy Tax Would Fine Landlords Who Let Storefronts Languish

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | As the specter of empty storefronts continues to haunt the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s floating of a possible penalty for landlords who leave properties vacant for long periods of time has been greeted by elected officials and advocates as an encouraging sign. “I’m heartened [by] City Hall’s attention to […]

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