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Court, Fines Fail to Bring Landlord to Heel

Court, Fines Fail to Bring Landlord to Heel

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | The repairs are still not done. The city has levied fines and charges that total more than $151,000, a Housing Court judge mandated seven months ago that repairs be completed within 30 days, and yet longtime tenant Cathy Levan is still waiting for her home to be habitable. “It’s been such […]

City Greenlights Sutton Place Megatower

City Greenlights Sutton Place Megatower

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | A city agency has given the go-ahead to developers building a 64-story tower on the Upper East Side. The Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) decision arrives after years of advocacy against the tower — including a community-based rezoning effort led by the East River 50s Alliance (ERFA) in an attempt to […]

Nixon Outflanks Guv on Safer Consumption Spaces

Nixon Outflanks Guv on Safer Consumption Spaces

BY NATHAN RILEY | While Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio dance around harm reduction measures to reduce the record-high number of overdose deaths, Cynthia Nixon is embracing Safer Consumption Spaces at events in the city and upstate. Cuomo’s Democratic primary challenger unequivocally supports allowing users to inject in health care facilities where overdose […]

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 […]

De Blasio Moves on Safer Consumption Spaces to Curb Overdoses

De Blasio Moves on Safer Consumption Spaces to Curb Overdoses

BY NATHAN RILEY | A multi-year push in New York City to offer drug users a safe place for consuming their drugs seems destined for success after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his support for “overdose prevention centers.” Public health advocates voiced enthusiasm as the news spread on May 3 that the administration had reached out […]

Expanding Affordable Housing, Green Space in Hell’s Kitchen

Expanding Affordable Housing, Green Space in Hell’s Kitchen

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | The Hell’s Kitchen South Coalition (HKSC) unveiled a draft of its neighborhood plan at their Tues., April 3 meeting. “We are excited to share what we’ve been working on in the past year,” the Reverend Tiffany Triplett Henkel, chair of the coalition’s steering committee, said to kick off the meeting […]

Morningside Heights Students Join Nationwide Walkout Over Guns

Morningside Heights Students Join  Nationwide Walkout Over Guns

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | As 10 a.m. approached on Mar. 14, the middle and high school students in Morningside Heights’ Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science & Engineering (CSS) poured from its W. 123rd St. entrance, across from Morningside Park, and circled the adjoining school yard. They stood relatively silent for 17 minutes in memory of […]

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 […]

Meth Deaths Surging Again in New York

Meth Deaths Surging Again in New York

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While still well below overdose deaths attributable to opioids, methamphetamine overdose deaths in New York City rose by more than 200 percent in 2015 and 2016 compared to the number of such deaths in 2013. The city health department is reporting that there were 55 methamphetamine overdose deaths in the city […]

Mayor Presents Increased Budget With Big Asterisk

Mayor Presents Increased Budget With Big Asterisk

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While Mayor Bill de Blasio is proposing to increase spending by roughly $2 billion in the city fiscal year that begins on July 1, cuts in federal and state support for the city may force the mayor to curtail those plans. “This budget proceeds against a backdrop of tremendous uncertainty,” the […]

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