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BY MARY REINHOLZ | The Hells Angels have been vacating their notorious East Village clubhouse and residence in recent days, an exodus spurred by the apparent transfer of their six-story building to a buyer. The new owner, Nathan Blatter, president of the Whitestone Realty Company in Brooklyn, said he was not available for immediate comment. So where are […]

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BY MARTHA WILKIE | “For Sale by Owner” (FSBO for short) is a rarity in Manhattan when it comes to homes. In the outer boroughs, it’s more common. Although with Queens and Brooklyn being such hot markets now, it’s changing. Manhattan buyers might look for an apartment without a real estate broker, but few will brave […]

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BY BOB KRASNER | Richard Shaoul lives in a tree house, in Downtown Manhattan. Figuratively speaking, that is, as his abode is tucked away in a commercial building on Broadway, owned by his parents. His neighbors are mostly garment manufacturers during the day and nonexistent at night. The space was previously the home of his ex-girlfriend and […]

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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | The pews at the Church of the Village were filled last Thursday with advocates calling for more homeless housing in the city. Many of them were themselves homeless. The occasion was a town hall organized by House Our Future NY, an advocacy campaign formed by the Coalition for the Homeless and 63 […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | edge will be in Hudson Yards early next year. No, not U2 guitarist The Edge! edge, as in New York City’s highest outdoor observation deck. On Fri., March 8, Hudson Yards officially announced the name for the cutting…umm…edge perch. Then again, U2 does have a rocking song called “Elevation,” also the name […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Local politicians and advocates have started to see some results in their push to end development loopholes that allow for “supertall” buildings by exploiting “voids” — spaces allegedly for mechanical systems but actually empty. But some are saying a tougher crackdown is needed. City Planning has proposed an amendment to limit the […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer, of the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development, recently announced that two new affordable housing buildings will be built on vacant city land in Midtown. Both buildings will be fully devoted to affordable housing, and offer a combined 260 units. One of the buildings will be at 806 […]

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BY MARTHA WILKIE | Years ago, I saw an art installation that consisted of a life-size model of a Rikers jail cell. You stepped inside and heard a recording of voicemails from dozens of people calling about an ad the artist had placed offering an (imaginary) Manhattan apartment for rent. She described it exactly like a […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | The second meeting in the ongoing Soho/Noho rezoning process was more organized than the first, but still featured fearful community members concerned that their voices would be heard. Billed as a public-engagement workshop, the Feb. 28 event was titled “Defining Mixed-Use.” It opened with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer sounding a conciliatory […]

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BY MARTHA WILKIE | Downtowners might not consider Uptown neighborhoods such as Inwood, Washington Heights, Manhattan Valley and Morningside Heights. These are vibrant neighborhoods that, yes, have been or are being gentrified, with its inherent problems, but still offer (relative) bargains. Morningside Heights is dominated by Columbia University and the relationship between town and gown […]

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