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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 […]

Landmarks Poised to Weight Public Library Interiors

Landmarks Poised to Weight Public Library Interiors

BY JACKSON CHEN | The Landmarks Preservation Commission has calendared the Rose Main Reading Room and the Bill Blass Public Catalog Room in the New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building for consideration as city landmarks. The exterior of the Schwarzman Building, the library’s main branch on Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, has been landmarked […]

Amid Proliferation Fears, UWS Skyscraper Challenged

Amid Proliferation Fears, UWS Skyscraper Challenged

BY JACKSON CHEN | Even as skyscraper construction creeps further north in Midtown, neighborhood organizations are taking a stand against what could be the tallest building on the Upper West Side by filing a formal zoning challenge. At 668 feet tall and rising more than 50 stories, the proposed building at 200 Amsterdam Avenue would […]

Shearith Israel Secures Final OK for Nine-Story Development

Shearith Israel Secures Final OK for Nine-Story Development

BY JACKSON CHEN | The Board of Standards and Appeals, in a swift, unanimous vote on February 28, approved Congregation Shearith Israel’s plans to construct a nine-story mixed-use development behind the synagogue at 8 West 70th Street. The project was originally conceptualized in 2008, with five residential floors topping out a building with three floors of […]

After Two Decades, Morningside Heights Historic District In Sight

After Two Decades, Morningside Heights Historic District In Sight

BY JACKSON CHEN | After more than 20 years of advocating for a new historic district at the northern reaches of the Upper West Side, residents and elected officials turned out in force on December 6 to offer support for the creation of the Morningside Heights Historic District during a Landmarks Preservation Commission public hearing. […]

Standards and Appeals Hears from Shearith Israel & Its Critics

Standards and Appeals Hears from Shearith Israel & Its Critics

BY JACKSON CHEN | Eight years after its first appearance before the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals, an Upper West Side synagogue has once again gone in front of the agency to press for approval of a nine-story mixed-used development on property it owns adjacent to its place of worship. Congregation Shearith Israel at 8 […]

New Info in Hand, CB7 Rejects Congregation Shearith Israel’s Building Plans

New Info in Hand, CB7 Rejects Congregation Shearith Israel’s Building Plans

BY JACKSON CHEN | Complicating an already convoluted approval process, Community Board 7 rejected for now an Upper West Side synagogue’s plans to develop a mixed-use building directly adjacent to its site on West 70th Street. Congregation Shearith Israel (CSI), located at 8 West 70th Street, has been trying since 2008 to win city approval for […]

Neighbors Alarmed by Demolition Plans for 1923 Synagogue

Neighbors Alarmed by Demolition Plans for 1923 Synagogue

BY JACKSON CHEN | Another Upper West Side historic religious site in Manhattan may fall to developers, even as distressed neighbors are trying to raise awareness and seek advice regarding their options when faced with plans to demolish a synagogue on West 93rd Street to make way for a 14-story mixed-use building. According to a letter […]

Can This Haring Be Saved?

Can This Haring Be Saved?

BY JACKSON CHEN | City Councilmember Mark Levine is calling for landmarking designation of a threatened Keith Haring mural that dances up the interior stairwell of a residential building on West 108th Street. But even many sympathetic preservationists feel it’s an uphill battle, despite the late artist’s renown. The mural, in which Haring drew on the […]

Another Bite at Development Apple For Central Park West Synagogue?

Another Bite at Development Apple For Central Park West Synagogue?

BY JACKSON CHEN | A Central Park West synagogue is trying its luck again in asking the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals to grant it permission to construct a nine-story building next door despite the local community’s longstanding objections. The mixed-use building would be constructed adjacent to Congregation Shearith Israel at 8 West 70th Street, […]

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