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Renewed Push to Focus on New Construction’s Shadows

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | Upper West Side City Councilmember Mark Levine is betting that his proposal for a task force to study the impact of building shadows will win support on his second try, three years after the measure languished in the Council. The bill — which Levine reintroduced two weeks ago — would create a […]

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | An Upper East Side community group is claiming a small victory in its legal battle against a tower under construction on E. 58th St. But that victory, the developer counters, is nothing more than a mere coincidence due to the project’s construction timeline. The East River Fifties Alliance (ERFA) — which […]

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BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | Upper East Side mom Debbie Semaya wasn’t happy about the trek from her neighborhood to a pre-school on E. 35th St. for her daughter, but, looking back, she said she was lucky compared to some parents. Other children in her neighborhood won pre-k seats in their zoned district, but as far away […]

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BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | Sarah Carroll, executive director of the Landmarks Preservation Commission since 2014, won approval from the City Council on Sept. 26 as the agency’s new chair. Carroll, a 24-year veteran of the LPC who has spent much of her time in the agency’s preservation department, will replace former chair Meenakshi Srinivasan, who served […]

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BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | Third time’s the charm for Robert Jackson, the former city councilmember and longtime education activist. After unsuccessfully seeking the State Senate District 31 seat in 2014 and 2016, Jackson defeated incumbent Senator Marisol Alcántara in Thursday’s Democratic primary. Alcántara was heavily criticized for joining the now-defunct Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) — the […]

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BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | Elected officials and community groups on the Upper East and West Sides went head to head with the developers of two uptown towers at the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) last week  — and though both buildings seem likely to be completed, there is a chance a new zoning precedent […]

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BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | In a flashback to Community Board 8 meetings from two years ago, the board’s divisions over crosstown bike lanes reemerged on Monday night. After the board couldn’t agree back in 2016 on what Upper East Side crosstown lanes were acceptable, the Department of Transportation returned this week to propose two new pairs […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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BY PAUL SCHINDLER | On an election night in which most incumbents were returned to office, Mayor Bill de Blasio swept to reelection, and a proposed state constitutional convention was soundly rejected by voters statewide, the mayor outperformed in Manhattan relative to his citywide numbers but his results on the Upper East Side showed notable softness. […]

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