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BY GABE HERMAN | A report by The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation found that the East Village has lower retail vacancy rates in its landmarked areas. The results, released April 11, came from a survey of East Village retail vacancies that was done over several months last summer and fall. The survey was conducted […]

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Northwell Health’s Lenox Hill Hospital could soon undergo a $2.5 million renovation that would see it become a much taller presence in its Upper East Side neighborhood. Late last month, Lenox Hill Hospital’s Vice President Josh Strugatz and Executive Director Dr. Jill Kalman presented the proposed renovation plan to Community Board 8. […]

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BY TEQUILA MINSKY | At a press conference outside of The Shops and Restaurants at Hudson Yards, at 31st St. and 10th Ave., Jumaane Williams called out how the $25-billion Hudson Yards project focuses on the wealthy, in more ways than one. While people knew this project was “not meant for the majority, to begin with, […]

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BY MARTHA WILKIE | In 1969, a large segment of the Village was designated a historic district by the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission, protecting its architectural fabric from developers and city villains like Robert Moses. It’s not set in amber, but alterations and new construction must take context — materials, design, scale — into account. Andrew Berman, […]

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BY BOB KRASNER | Bob Gruen still recalls the moment vividly — and, no, it didn’t involve an event from his storied career as a rock-’n’-roll photographer. “When I got the call that there was an apartment for me in Westbeth,” he said, “it was the most exciting moment of my life.” That was in 1970, […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | As different sections of Hudson Yards have been officially opening in recent weeks, the latest ribbon-cutting was for 30 Hudson Yards, the tallest commercial office tower in the new development. The April 3 opening was attended by hundreds of real estate and business executives. They joined officials from Related and Oxford, the […]

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BY MARTHA WILKIE | If you have a dog, Central Park in the early morning is the place to be. Dogs can be off leash, and on a nice day, hundreds of good boys and girls run happily amok — chasing squirrels and generally having the most-fun dog party ever. Martha Redding is a lawyer who […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Mayor de Blasio’s plan for new borough-based jails to replace Rikers Island recently moved through more steps in the review and approval process. Administration officials presented a draft environmental impact statement, or D.E.I.S., on March 22, which showed that the four new jails would be slightly smaller than previously expected. Specifically, the […]

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This story was originally published on Feb. 21, 2019 by THE CITY. BY RACHEL HOLLIDAY SMITH | Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer is threatening legal action over Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to override public review at a contentious private development at a public housing complex on the Upper East Side, according to a letter she […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Local community groups and residents filed a lawsuit on March 22 against the city to stop the Two Bridges developments from going forward. Among those who filed the suit in Manhattan Supreme Court are Lower East Side Organized Neighbors and Chinese Staff & Workers’ Association. The suit echoes the argument in a […]

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