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BY JACKSON CHEN | Instead of city offices going dark at 5 p.m., theater companies may be able to keep them lit up — with their footlights — under a new City Council proposal that would allow such organizations to rent the space for rehearsals and performances. The bill’s author, Councilmember Ben Kallos, is hoping to […]

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BY COLIN MIXSON | The city took the first steps toward tightening regulations of construction cranes and their operators, implementing several measures designed to prevent collapses like the one that claimed the life of David Wichs, a 38-year-old Upper West Side man, in Lower Manhattan earlier this year. The action by the Department of Buildings (DOB) […]

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BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Despite calls for an unprecedented rent rollback, tenant activists hailed this week’s decision by the city’s Rent Guidelines Board to freeze rents on one-year leases in rent-stabilized apartments. “The Rent Guidelines Board’s decision to freeze rents this year demonstrates what we can accomplish when we raise our voices and stand up for […]

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BY JACKSON CHEN | East Side politicians have joined Community Board 8’s efforts to “de-privatize” the Queensboro Oval as the city’s lease with a tennis court operator there draws closer to an end. The park, located on York Avenue between East 59th and 60th Streets, is occupied by Sutton East Tennis and its courts and bubbles […]

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BY JACKSON CHEN AND YANNIC RACK | Just a day after the City Council’s Land Use Committee voted in favor of controversial landmarking reforms, the bill was passed by a large majority of the Council. But preservationists, though still adamantly opposed to the measure approved on June 8, have found a sliver of solace after discovering […]

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BY JACKSON CHEN | The City Council’s Land Use Committee voted on June 7 to reform the city’s landmarking process by creating strict deadlines for the Landmarks Preservation Commission to designate landmarks and historic districts. According to the bill, Intro 775A, the LPC would be allowed one year to designate an individual property as a […]

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BY JACKSON CHEN | A nonprofit neighborhood organization claims the Department of City Planning is purposely stalling the rezoning plan it submitted four months ago for its nook of the Upper East Side. The proposal, put forward by the East River Fifties Alliance, would downzone and restrict the height limits from East 52nd to East 59th […]

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BY JACKSON CHEN | The push to create an 86th Street Business Improvement District has made significant strides over the past five months, with the steering committee behind it having decided on its boundaries and goals, and with a financing structure agreed upon as well, though not yet released to the public. Business Improvement Districts, or […]

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BY JACKSON CHEN | Free public access to high speed Wi-Fi is now available throughout the Upper East Side after LinkNYC turned on more than 30 locations along Third Avenue. The modern kiosks replaced the archaic phone booths that many New Yorkers have in recent years treated as makeshift trashcans. Instead, the phones’ underground infrastructure now […]

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BY JACKSON CHEN | A local organization filing a rezoning proposal for their neighborhood say they have won a victory — at least temporary, and perhaps significant longer term — due to the recent financial troubles of the developer behind the proposed 90-story 3 Sutton Place skyscraper. The East River Fifties Alliance, on January 21, filed […]

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