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REAL ESTATE: Ruggles’s gift: The key to Gramercy Park

BY MARTHA WILKIE| Those new to New York are often surprised by Gramercy Park — a beautifully landscaped gem, but one with a fence and a locked gate. So how does one get in? The key to getting a key is owning a home on the park and paying an annual fee. Samuel B. Ruggles, a lawyer […]

BY GABE HERMAN | At a June 13 meeting for the Envision Soho Noho process, preliminary recommendations were presented for issues in the area, based on the process of community input that included four public workshops from February to May. Some top issues included protecting artists and the artistic tradition of Soho while officially allowing […]

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BY MARTHA WILKIE | Some say Manhattan is only for the young or rich, but it’s also good for older people — as long as they have the means to live here. An Upper East Sider who just turned 80 said she values the convenience. “As an ‘elderly’ person there is no better place to live,” she […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Actor Alec Baldwin will be at Judson Memorial Church in the Village on Thurs., June 20. But he won’t be doing his uproarious portrayal of Donald Trump in comedy skits with the cast of “Saturday Night Live.” Instead, he’ll likely be significantly more serious. Because the topic will be serious. Baldwin […]

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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | A New York Supreme Court judge extended a temporary restraining order to block developers from beginning work on three high-rise towers in The Lower East Side’s Two Bridges neighborhood. The ruling is a temporary win for advocacy groups, the City Council and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. The New York Post reported […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | With community board members and youth sports advocates up in arms over the recently released draft legislative amendments for Pier 40, at least one lawmaker is saying local politicians now must “balance the various needs” of the W. Houston St. pier and Hudson River Park more sensibly. But time may be running […]

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BY MARTHA WILKIE | In Brownstone Brooklyn, it’s common for row house owners to have income-producing rental units. Resident Laura Hansen needed a renter to pay the mortgage, but ended up with much more. “Our first tenant was an acquaintance who became a good friend, despite the fact that she introduced me to her friends as […]

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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Six L.G.B.T. historically significant sites are up for possible landmarking, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson recently announced. “As a preservationist, I have always believed that the cultural significance of a building is as important as its architectural significance,” Johnson said, in a statement on May 19. The locations include the L.G.B.T. Community […]

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BY MARTHA WILKIE | I once went to a party in the historic Hotel des Artistes building, at 1 W. 67th St., on Artists’ Row. Walking into this dramatic space was one of those “only in New York” moments. The living room had the tallest ceilings I’d ever seen in a home, with a spectacular huge […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON Updated May 29, 8:00 p.m. | As expected, the legislative amendments being proposed by state lawmakers for Pier 40 include allowing commercial office development on the jumbo-sized W. Houston St. pier. However, the modifications also call for bumping up the amount of the pier’s public open space by 23 percent. But what the […]

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