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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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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | It doesn’t come as a surprise, but Borough President Gale Brewer has officially approved the city’s Haven Green project for the Elizabeth St. Garden. However, Brewer’s recommendation — released Tuesday — comes with “modifications/conditions.” Among her handful of caveats, the borough president says she would like the project to include at least […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Updated Thurs., Feb. 28, 2:30 p.m.: Local politicians are taking another swing at Pier 40, the Lower West Side’s youth baseball and soccer mecca. The effort’s clear goal is to change the park’s founding legislation — very possibly to allow commercial office use on the sprawling W. Houston St. pier. What is […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Last month, the Department of Buildings revoked permits for a condo tower that was set to soar on W. 66th St. But this wasn’t your typical tower. Extell Development Company, which is constructing the high-rise, at 50 W. 66th St., between Central Park West and Columbus Ave., was accused by opponents of […]

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BY ROSE ADAMS | The city wants to add some pop to its POPS — privately owned public spaces, that is. Mayor de Blasio, the Department of City Planning, Advocates for Privately Owned Public Space and the Municipal Art Society are holding a competition for a new logo to be displayed at more than 550 POPS […]

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