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UES Electeds Press For More Local Pre-K Seats

UES Electeds Press For More Local Pre-K Seats

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | Upper East Side mom Debbie Semaya wasn’t happy about the trek from her neighborhood to a pre-school on E. 35th St. for her daughter, but, looking back, she said she was lucky compared to some parents. Other children in her neighborhood won pre-k seats in their zoned district, but as far away […]

With Broad Support, Sarah Carroll OKed as Landmarks Chief

With Broad Support, Sarah Carroll OKed as Landmarks Chief

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | Sarah Carroll, executive director of the Landmarks Preservation Commission since 2014, won approval from the City Council on Sept. 26 as the agency’s new chair. Carroll, a 24-year veteran of the LPC who has spent much of her time in the agency’s preservation department, will replace former chair Meenakshi Srinivasan, who served […]

Protected Lane Around Central Park Demanded After Cyclist’s Death

Protected Lane Around Central Park Demanded After Cyclist’s Death

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | In the nearly two weeks since the death of 23-year-old Australian cyclist Madison Jane Lyden on Central Park West, City Councilmember Helen Rosenthal has been calling for a two-way protected bike lane circling around all of Central Park. Lyden — a tourist whose death has rallied cycling activists in their demands […]

St. Bart’s Air Rights Fuel JPMorgan Megatower

St. Bart’s Air Rights Fuel JPMorgan Megatower

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | JPMorgan Chase & Co. is expected to buy 50,000 square feet of development air rights from Midtown’s St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church — with the option to purchase another 505,000 square feet. The deal comes several months after the company announced it would be demolishing its 52-story building at 270 Park Ave. […]

A Boost for Moms Running for Office

A Boost for Moms Running for Office

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | A Federal Election Commission (FEC) decision to allow a congressional candidate to use campaign funds to pay for childcare services has inspired some city councilmembers to make that decision a reality in New York City elections. Upper East Side Councilmember Keith Powers and Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo of Brooklyn have introduced legislation […]

Residential Parking Permits Pushed for Upper Manhattan

Residential Parking Permits Pushed for Upper Manhattan

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | A new bill percolating in the City Council is looking toward a residents-only parking system for Manhattan from 60th St. to Inwood. Introduced late last month, the bill is part an effort to curb park-and-ride commuters grabbing scarce street spots, particularly in anticipation of a potential congestion pricing plan that would […]

JPMorgan Chase’s Big Plans on Park Ave. Create First Skirmish Under East Midtown Rezoning

JPMorgan Chase’s Big Plans on Park Ave. Create First Skirmish Under East Midtown Rezoning

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Last summer, after more than four years of effort — including an initial false start late in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s final term — the city approved a major rezoning plan for the East Midtown area from Grand Central Terminal north that will allow for new office tower development while providing funding for […]

Mayor’s Big Win Soft on UES; Speakership Up for Grabs

Mayor’s Big Win Soft on UES; Speakership Up for Grabs

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | On an election night in which most incumbents were returned to office, Mayor Bill de Blasio swept to reelection, and a proposed state constitutional convention was soundly rejected by voters statewide, the mayor outperformed in Manhattan relative to his citywide numbers but his results on the Upper East Side showed notable softness. […]

Republican Harary Focuses on Local Concerns, Mum on DC’s GOP

Republican Harary Focuses on Local Concerns, Mum on DC’s GOP

BY LEVAR ALONZO | Democrats have long enjoyed a political stranglehold in most New York City Council districts, where oftentimes the race is decided in the Sept. primary rather than on Election Day in Nov. Republican businesswoman Rebecca Harary is looking to break their grip.  Harary, who won her party’s nomination in an uncontested Sept. 12 […]

Keith Powers Coasts to Easy Victory in District 4

Keith Powers Coasts to Easy Victory in District 4

BY LEVAR ALONZO | A clear winner emerged from a crowded field of nine Democrats vying in last week’s primary for the District 4 City Council seat. Keith Powers, a third-generation resident of Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village, easily topped the field, winning more than 41 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results from the […]

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