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Crowded Agenda in Garodnick’s Finish

Crowded Agenda in Garodnick’s Finish

BY REBECCA FIORE | In Jan. 2006, Daniel Garodnick assumed office as East Side District 4’s city councilmember and at the conclusion of a tenure spanning the 12-year maximum allowed under the city’s term limits scheme, he boasts most recently of having made affordable housing protections more transparent, providing needed tax relief to small businesses, […]

Garodnick, Rosenthal, de Blasio Cheer Commercial Rent Tax Break

Garodnick, Rosenthal, de Blasio Cheer Commercial Rent Tax Break

BY REBECCA FIORE | At a City Hall press conference held on Nov. 30, East Side City Councilmember Dan Garodnick was joined by Mayor Bill de Blasio, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and Upper West Side Councilmember Helen Rosenthal in celebrating passage of Garodnick’s bill that reforms the commercial rent tax (CRT) that can often have […]

Gracie Mansion’s 150-Year Journey to Housing Mayors

Gracie Mansion’s 150-Year Journey to Housing Mayors

BY REBECCA FIORE | At the General Society Library on W. 44th St., Paul Gunther, executive director of the Gracie Mansion Conservancy, spoke this week to a room filled with more than 50 people about the lively history of one of the oldest surviving wooden structures in Manhattan, often affectionately dubbed the city’s “Little White […]

Luxury and Brit Brands Bound for Hudson Yards

Luxury and Brit Brands Bound for Hudson Yards

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | Everything is coming up rhubarb at Hudson Yards — the London hospitality group that is, as opposed to the perennials used for pies. “Rhubarb is a quintessential English vegetable,” P.B. Jacobse, CEO of the group, explained when asked about the firm’s notable name, rhubarb, which is with a lowercase “r.” […]

As Demolition Looms, a Race to Preserve 1954 ‘Memory’ Mural

As Demolition Looms, a Race to Preserve 1954 ‘Memory’ Mural

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | Preservationists, City Councilmember Corey Johnson’s office, and a developer are looking to conserve a piece of 1950s New York: Julien Binford’s mural at a former bank on the corner of W. 14th St. and Sixth Ave. Binford’s mural — “A Memory of 14th Street and Sixth Avenue” — graces the […]

City Slip-Ups Allow Hell’s Kitchen Residential Demolition

City Slip-Ups Allow Hell’s Kitchen Residential Demolition

BY LEVAR ALONZO | At its most recent meeting, Community Board 4 members and elected officials on hand were up in arms as they discussed lapses by the Department of Buildings (DOB) that are allowing for the demolition of two more residential buildings in Hell’s Kitchen. The pair of four-story buildings at 335-337 W. 55th St. […]

New Laws Give More Muscle To Tenant Safety

New Laws Give More Muscle To Tenant Safety

BY EILEEN STUKANE | Tenants subjected to dangerous and intentionally demoralizing conditions were given new hope last week, in the form of legislation designed to, among other things, mitigate “construction as harassment” — a tactic employed by landlords and building owners in which unpleasant living conditions are used to harass rent-regulated New Yorkers until they […]

Facing Dissent, City Slows Down Garment District Rezoning

Facing Dissent, City Slows Down Garment District Rezoning

BY NATHAN DICAMILLO | Garment workers and industry leaders along with elected officials presented recommendations last Friday aimed at slowing down a proposed rezoning of the Midtown district that has been the industry’s traditional home, urging the city’s Economic Development Corporation to phase out longstanding manufacturing space preservation requirements only over time and replace them with […]

Fighting to Keep Her Home In One Piece

Fighting to Keep Her Home In One Piece

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | Mold. Flooded basement. Leaks so persistent mushrooms sprouted. Rodents. No heat, hot water, or cooking gas. And this: “I almost had the building demolished with me in it.” This is a partial list of the burdens longtime tenant Cathy Levan has faced in her apartment since the building’s ownership changed […]

Despite Landmarks’ Gripes, Midtown East Rezoning Clears City Council Hurdles

Despite Landmarks’ Gripes, Midtown East Rezoning Clears City Council Hurdles

BY JACKSON CHEN | A City Council subcommittee unanimously approved the Midtown East rezoning plan, offering a few adjustments before the plan was unanimously approved by the full Council on August 9. Meeting on July 27, the Council’s Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises reviewed the plan, which aims to revitalize Midtown East — bordered roughly […]

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