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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 […]

CB8 Presses Stringer for Marine Transfer Station Audit

CB8 Presses Stringer  for Marine Transfer Station Audit

BY JACKSON CHEN | With neighbors of the planned 91st Street Marine Transfer Station (MTS), now under construction, still unhappy about its impending opening in 2020, members of Community Board 8 have stepped up their demands for greater financial accountability regarding the project, including an audit by City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office. The MTS was approved […]

Queensboro Oval’s Fate Still Uncertain, Sutton East Tennis Given Another Year

Queensboro Oval’s Fate Still Uncertain,  Sutton East Tennis Given Another Year

BY JACKSON CHEN | As the debate over the permanent status of the Queensboro Oval continues, the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation has announced it will renew the Sutton East Tennis Club’s license to operate at the park for another year. Sutton East Tennis Club has run a seasonal paid facility, housed in an inflatable […]

Goodwill Tents Meet UES Resistance

Goodwill Tents Meet UES Resistance

BY JACKSON CHEN | Goodwill NYNJ is talking about once again deploying its mobile collection tents, pickup service, and building-sponsored bins on the Upper East Side. The pilot program was launched in November specifically on the Upper East Side due to the area’s large number of donors. According to Vanessa Mack, Goodwill’s donations coordinator, the Upper […]

Health Department Owns Up to UES Rat Problems

Health Department Owns Up to UES Rat Problems

BY JACKSON CHEN | The city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has released results of a rat population survey on the Upper East Side, detailing just how widespread the rodent infestation is throughout the area. According to a “Rat Indexing” map the department presented during a Community Board 8 meeting on January 31, there were […]

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