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City Council Passes Bill for Increased ‘Urban Renewal’ Transparency

Posted December 14, 2017 at 9:39 am

Earlier this week, City Council unanimously voted to pass legislation that would require the City to provide public access to urban renewal plans, which have been changing the real estate landscape of New York City for decades. Intro 1533-A, sponsored by Councilwoman Margaret Chin, would require the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to […]

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Pier 42’s Rusted-out Shed is Getting Demolished

Last modified December 14, 2017 at 8:09 am

The existing shed sitting atop Pier 42 is undergoing demolition. It’s the first major step, albeit years behind schedule, toward the rehabilitation and development of the waterfront park. Indeed, the capital works project has been on the boards for five years with little to show for it but “interim programming” during warmer months. Revival is […]

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Bill to Halt Lower East Side Supertall Towers Passes City Council

Posted November 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

It’s the eleventh hour, and incumbent Councilwoman Margaret Chin is pulling out all the stops. Her bill to curtail Two Bridges supertalls by JDS, CIM & L+M, and the Starrett Group gained a significant step this week, mere days from the highly-anticipated general election. Enter, once again, “Intro 1685.” Earlier this week at the Land […]

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Pier 35 Gets ‘High Water Mark’ Plaque on 5th Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy

Posted October 30, 2017 at 5:08 am

On the occasion of the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, the city last Friday unveiled a “High Water Mark” sign at the foot of Pier 35. It was here – on October 29, 2012 – that the East River surged five feet onto the promenade and subsequently flooded the entire area of what was then […]

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Pier 35 Screenwall Takes Shape After Years of Delays [PHOTOS]

Posted October 25, 2017 at 5:03 am

Five months after heavy-duty work resumed at Pier 35, the park is starting to take shape. Little by little. The basic framework is in place for the so-called “screenwall” that will shield the new park from the adjacent Department of Sanitation-operated pier. Other design elements such as foot bridge and decorative stones are also installed. […]

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CB3 Votes to Co-Sponsor Controversial Rezoning of LES Waterfront in Bid to Thwart Supertall Development

Posted October 19, 2017 at 5:01 am

Thanks to a confluence of election year politics and incessant grassroots organizing, development along the Lower East Side waterfront is firmly in the spotlight. It’s a rare moment when the voice of the people is being heard, albeit barely. There is definitely traction, but a race against the clock is afoot. Nevertheless, Community Board 3 […]

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Extell’s 80-Story Stain on the LES Skyline Finally Tops Out

Posted September 29, 2017 at 5:00 am

It’s an indelible stain on the skyline, visible from all corners of the Lower East Side. One Manhattan Square, the 850-foot (80 stories) “vertical village” on South Street, finally reached the top yesterday. Meaning, it won’t go any higher. This is likely the most important milestone since ground-break three years ago. Not that you would know it, […]

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CM Chin Pushes Bill to Block Super-tall Developments in Two Bridges

Posted August 29, 2017 at 5:04 am

Catching up on some news from last week… Councilwoman Margaret Chin introduced legislation that aims to halt three proposed waterfront mega-developments on the fast track to approval. “Intro 1685” calls on the Department of City Planning to consider certain land-use applications, including a planned “Text Amendment” that would subject three out-of-context luxury towers in Two […]

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Chin and Marte Duke it out for Two Bridges Votes in City Council Race

Posted August 4, 2017 at 5:00 am

The race for City Council District 1 is heating up big time. This week, the two main contenders hit the Lower East Side waterfront to stump for ever-precious votes. Councilwoman Margaret Chin looks to be in desperation mode to keep her job, as grassroots pressure from upstart Chris Marte mounts. But in Two Bridges, the […]

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In a First, Privileged Condo Owners at One Manhattan Square will have ‘Infrared Sauna’ Amenity

Last modified August 3, 2017 at 1:02 pm

Anything to one-up the competition, Extell Development Corp. is embracing a new spa fad to attract buyers to its monolithic One Manhattan Square. The so-called “vertical village” will offer infrared saunas as part of the bonkers slate of amenities available to condo buyers. It’s a fad endorsed by celebrities that apparently counts Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Anniston, […]

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