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Protected Bike Lane Pitched at Queensboro Approach

Protected Bike Lane Pitched at Queensboro Approach

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | A nine-block stretch of Second Ave. requires that cyclists heading downtown merge with vehicles speeding down the avenue to eventually turn left onto the Queensboro Bridge. The stretch — often dubbed the Second Avenue gap — lacks protected bike lanes between 59th and 68th Sts. But now, the city Department of […]

Crosstown Bike Lanes Remain CB8 Flashpoint

Crosstown Bike Lanes Remain CB8 Flashpoint

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | In a flashback to Community Board 8 meetings from two years ago, the board’s divisions over crosstown bike lanes reemerged on Monday night. After the board couldn’t agree back in 2016 on what Upper East Side crosstown lanes were acceptable, the Department of Transportation returned this week to propose two new pairs […]

UESers Debate How to Curb Mushrooming Supertalls

UESers Debate How to Curb Mushrooming Supertalls

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | Upper East Siders are debating how tall they want buildings to rise in their neighborhood. A discussion on height limits was the focus of a land use forum hosted June 6 by Civitas, a non-profit that advocates on neighborhood quality of life issues on the East Side. Though some at the meeting […]

Increase in Street Food Vendor Licenses Tabled for Now

Increase in Street Food Vendor Licenses Tabled for Now

BY REBECCA FIORE | Local community leaders and advocates for the city’s street vendors offered mixed reaction to the tabling of street vendor legislation — originally scheduled for a vote last week at the City Council’s final meeting of the year — by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who had previously supported the measure. Intro. 1303, the Street […]

CB7, CB8 Press for Designated Street Vendor Locations

CB7, CB8 Press for Designated Street Vendor Locations

BY JACKSON CHEN | Community Boards 7 and 8 are both calling for designated street merchant locations as the price of their support for the proposed Street Vending Modernization Act that would double the amount of licenses circulating over a half-dozen-year period. The bill is being spearheaded by Upper West Side City Councilmember Mark Levine […]

Surging Senior Population Prompts Stringer Blueprint

Surging Senior Population Prompts Stringer Blueprint

BY JACKSON CHEN | In an effort to address the needs of a surging senior population, City Comptroller Scott Stringer has released a blueprint of policies for ensuring their welfare and supporting the work of those who provide care for them. At a March 21 press conference at the Greenwich House Senior Center at Washington Square, […]

UES Refuge Planned For Homeless Women, Their Families

UES Refuge Planned For Homeless Women, Their Families

BY JACKSON CHEN | A seven-story supportive housing development is coming to East 91st Street and, once completed at the end of 2018, will become a refuge for 17 women and their children. The mixed-use building at 316 East 91st Street would provide 17 supportive housing units — with 16 two-bedrooms and a one-bedroom plus a […]

Better Access, Facelift For Belvedere Castle

Better Access, Facelift  For Belvedere Castle

BY JACKSON CHEN | The Central Park Conservancy is at work on a plan to improve the accessibility of Belvedere Castle, its most popular visitor center, as well as complete a comprehensive interior and exterior renovation of the 1869 structure. The castle was created by Calvert Vaux, co-designer with Frederick Law Olmsted of Central Park, as […]

East River Esplanade Repair Costs Now Put at $200MM

East River Esplanade Repair Costs Now Put at $200MM

BY JACKSON CHEN | The cost estimate for repairs to the East River Esplanade has ballooned to roughly $210 million, up from the initial $115 million, according to recent numbers from the Department of Parks and Recreation. The portion of the esplanade that stretches from East 60th Street to East 125th is in dire need […]

Big CB8 Thumbs Down on First Avenue Liquor License Renewal

Big CB8 Thumbs Down on First Avenue Liquor License Renewal

BY JACKSON CHEN | Community Board 8 has once again disapproved a liquor license renewal for a First Avenue bar widely thought of as a bad neighbor to nearby residents. La Nuit Restaurant at , between East 62nd and 63rd Streets, defines itself on its website as a “tapas bar, restaurant, and hookah lounge in its […]

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