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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 […]

St. Bart’s Air Rights Fuel JPMorgan Megatower

St. Bart’s Air Rights Fuel JPMorgan Megatower

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | JPMorgan Chase & Co. is expected to buy 50,000 square feet of development air rights from Midtown’s St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church — with the option to purchase another 505,000 square feet. The deal comes several months after the company announced it would be demolishing its 52-story building at 270 Park Ave. […]

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 […]

You Complete Me: Architects Discuss Hudson Yards’ Interactivity

You Complete Me: Architects Discuss Hudson Yards’ Interactivity

BY WINNIE McCROY | On the morning of June 22, the architects behind the development of Manhattan’s newest neighborhood came together on the 24th floor of 10 Hudson Yards. They discussed how they designed their part of the 28-acre project to work together with the other elements, despite the fact that for most of the […]

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 […]

The Shadows Megatowers Cast on a Light-Starved City

The Shadows Megatowers Cast on a Light-Starved City

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | As a marathon runner, Lisa Mercurio runs in Central Park as often as she can since she lives just a mile from the 840-acre park. For her, Central Park is an escape from the city. Park-goers are surrounded by beauty, she said, and sometimes where you are in the city becomes unrecognizable. […]

Vance Targets Wage Theft in Manhattan Construction

Vance Targets Wage Theft in Manhattan Construction

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., has announced charges against a Queens-based construction company for stealing $1.7 million in wages and defrauding the state’s insurance fund by millions of dollars. More than 500 construction workers who helped build some of the best known new high-rises in Manhattan — including the Steinway Tower […]

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 […]

Department of Buildings Conference Cites Risk Reduction as “Moral Imperative”

Department of Buildings Conference Cites Risk Reduction as “Moral Imperative”

BY EILEEN STUKANE | Twelve construction workers died in 2017, a fatality number that has remained the same for the last three years. “The 12 fatalities are unacceptable,” said Timothy Hogan, the city Department of Buildings’ deputy commissioner for enforcement. He was speaking to more than 350 building professionals at the DOB’s eighth annual Build […]

Vacancy Tax Would Fine Landlords Who Let Storefronts Languish

Vacancy Tax Would Fine Landlords Who Let Storefronts Languish

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | As the specter of empty storefronts continues to haunt the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s floating of a possible penalty for landlords who leave properties vacant for long periods of time has been greeted by elected officials and advocates as an encouraging sign. “I’m heartened [by] City Hall’s attention to […]

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