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Losing Battles, Supertall Opponents Hope to Win the War

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 […]

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 REBECCA FIORE | The Children’s Museum of Manhattan recently purchased an historic house of worship for its new location, increasing the museum’s current capacity, with plans to open in late 2021, according to a museum representative. The museum, along with Sterling National Bank, bought the 361 Central Park West location, at W. 96th St., for […]

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BY JACKSON CHEN | The Board of Standards and Appeals, in a swift, unanimous vote on February 28, approved Congregation Shearith Israel’s plans to construct a nine-story mixed-use development behind the synagogue at 8 West 70th Street. The project was originally conceptualized in 2008, with five residential floors topping out a building with three floors of […]

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BY JACKSON CHEN | Eight years after its first appearance before the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals, an Upper West Side synagogue has once again gone in front of the agency to press for approval of a nine-story mixed-used development on property it owns adjacent to its place of worship. Congregation Shearith Israel at 8 […]

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BY JACKSON CHEN | A Central Park West synagogue is trying its luck again in asking the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals to grant it permission to construct a nine-story building next door despite the local community’s longstanding objections. The mixed-use building would be constructed adjacent to Congregation Shearith Israel at 8 West 70th Street, […]

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BY JACKSON CHEN | Local community members rejoiced as the city Board of Standards and Appeals, on June 2, rejected an application to convert the former First Church of Christ, Scientist building at 361 Central Park West into residential use. Since the church, located across the street from the park at 96th Street, is a landmarked […]

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BY JACKSON CHEN | Community Board 11 denied approval of Marymount School of New York’s proposal to construct a 231-foot high campus on East 97th Street, instead siding with neighborhood sentiment in favor of contextual zoning and overall quality of life. The all-girls Catholic school, whose main campus is at Fifth Avenue and 84th Street, […]

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BY JACKSON CHEN | The city’s Board of Standards and Appeals, on March 8, gave a proposal to convert a landmarked church to residential use another chance, a decision that allowed the project’s sponsors to avoid a widely expected negative vote on their application. The proposal, put forward by developers Ira Shapiro and Joseph Brunner, is […]

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BY JACKSON CHEN | Even as the Chapin School approaches another round of community meetings regarding the proposed expansion of its Upper East Side campus, it must also deal with a lawsuit recently filed by its neighbors. The private, all-girls K-12 school has been talking about adding three floors to its eight-story campus since May […]

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