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Developer of Merchant’s House Adjacent Hotel Sues City to Reverse ULURP Rejection

Posted January 30, 2019 at 5:03 am

In case you missed it… Last fall, grassroots opposition to an eight-story hotel development beside the Merchant’s House Museum culminated in City Council’s (unanimous) rejection of the ULURP application for the project. Now the developer is suing. Kalodop II Park Corp., the owner-developer which has spent the last eight years on the proposal for 27 […]

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Neighborhood Group Prepares Lawsuit Against City Over Two Bridges Towers

Posted December 12, 2018 at 5:01 am

“The City is trying to violate its own law to approve the luxury towers on the Two Bridges waterfront,” announces a flyer from the Lower East Side Organized Neighbors. Mere days after City Council leveled a lawsuit against the City Planning Commission for green-lighting the trio of skyscrapers, more such opposition is in store. The […]

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City Council Levels Lawsuit Against the City to Rein in Two Bridges Skyscrapers

Posted December 10, 2018 at 5:00 am

In the wake of the City Planning affirmative vote last week for three waterfront skyscrapers to proceed, City Council on Friday took legal action to pump the proverbial brakes. The 10-3 result didn’t sit well with Speaker Corey Johnson, who promised that the legislative body would level a lawsuit in no uncertain terms. He took […]

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City Planning Approves Two Bridges Skyscrapers, Opponents Threaten Legal Action

Posted December 6, 2018 at 5:00 am

The dystopian future in which glass towers wall off the Lower East Side waterfront is now much closer to happening. City Planning Commission yesterday approved controversial plans for three proposed skyscrapers that will drastically change the composition of the neighborhood. The Real Deal reported that the vote carried by a 10 to 3 margin, thereby […]

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City Council Unanimously Blocks Hotel Adjacent to Merchant’s House Museum

Posted September 28, 2018 at 5:00 am

Breathe a sigh of relief. Preservationists this week scored a major victory against a hotel developer whose plans would likely damage the two-century-old Merchants House Museum on East 4th Street. The full New York City Council voted unanimously late Wednesday to reject proposed plans to construct an eight-story hotel immediately adjacent to the landmark. As previously […]

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City Planning Commission to Consider Merchant’s House Adjacent Hotel Tomorrow

Posted July 10, 2018 at 5:02 am

The City Planning Commission will hold a hearing tomorrow to discuss a potential zoning change that would help yield an eight-story boutique hotel beside the 1832-era Merchant’s House Museum. Community Board 2 outright denied the proposition at the end of May. Now, it’s the real show. (The Landmark Preservation Commission did previously approve the plans.) […]

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City Council Passes Bills Aimed at Preventing Tenant Harassment

Posted December 21, 2017 at 5:12 am

As you try to clean out your desk for year-end, so too is City Council. At its final meeting of the year this past Tuesday, the governing body passed a flurry of bills aimed at creating more affordable housing, preventing tenant harassment, and collecting landlord data. The latter legislation is certainly one of the more […]

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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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Councilman Introduces Bill to Rename the Williamsburg Bridge After Sonny Rollins

Posted October 18, 2017 at 5:00 am

For one Lower East Sider, the quest to rename the Williamsburg Bridge after Jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins just took a major step forward. City Council is now reviewing a bill that would make this happen. In response to this community led effort, Brooklyn Councilman Stephen Levin introduced the bill, which is also supported by Brooklyn […]

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Tenants Rally to Applaud City Council Vote to Stop ‘Construction as Harassment’

Posted September 27, 2017 at 9:35 am

There is a rally this afternoon to applaud the City Council vote on legislation to stop the trend of “construction as harassment.” The event is organized by the Stand for Tenant Safety Coalition, whose mission is the same. They’re a collection of community organizations “fighting to protect the lives and homes of New York City […]

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