Real Estate News from February 2012

  • Upper East Side Zoning Changes to Allow for Wind Turbines By Gabrielle Hughes | February 29, 2012

    Among the latest initiatives to make New York a greener city, there are now talks of adding wind turbines and greenhouses to Upper East Side rooftops. These projects are a part of of Mayor Bloomberg’s new zoning amendments, removing constraints that currently prevent this type of construction on  green buildings.

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  • Chinatown About to Get a High Line of its Own By Daniel Muhlenberg | February 29, 2012

    Mark your calendars: another modern Manhattan park is on the way in summer 2014. The small triangular plot of land that borders the Manhattan Bridge doesn’t have a name yet, but some are already calling it Chinatown’s “mini High Line” in reference to the High Line Park in Chelsea. The comparison is apt insofar as the Chinatown park will be a raised space, but the similarities end there.

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  • Neighborhood Friendly Harlem Design Wins Architecture Prize By Justin Spees | February 28, 2012

    The Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) recently announced the winners of its fifth biennial design competition, the Harlem Edge/Cultivating Connections contest, which awards architects from Manhattan neighborhoods for design projects. The grand prize-winning project is titled Sym’bio’pia; it is the brainchild of Ting Chin and Yan Wang, two architects from Linearscape Architecture. Linearscape is a firm based out of New York and China that recently designed its first condo in Manhattan. The project centered on a replacement for a decommissioned waste transfer facility on the Hudson River at 135th Street.

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  • Safety Concerns From WTC Construction Accident Still Unresolved By Daniel Muhlenberg | February 28, 2012

    When three 62-foot steel beams weighing nearly 20 tons fell over 40-stories at the World Trade Center construction site last week, it was a minor miracle that no one was injured. While it was something of a freak accident – the TG 1900 crane lifting the beams had a lifting capacity of 150 tons and it’s unclear why the cable snapped – the incident has raised some troublesome questions about the tangle of government agencies monitoring the site.

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  • Yellow Tulips Indicate Spring on Upper East Side Malls By Gabrielle Hughes | February 27, 2012

    With this year’s unusually mild winter, it’s no surprise that the stems from 60,000 tulip seeds are beginning to pop up early throughout malls on the Upper East Side. Every year, the Fund for Park Avenue generates proceeds to buy, plant and care for the tulips, which stay in bloom within the neighborhood for a few weeks each spring. For many New Yorkers, the tulips represent the city’s transition out of winter.

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  • Community Board 2 Unanimously Rejects NYU's Expansion Plans By Daniel Muhlenberg | February 27, 2012

    New York University’s contentious relationship with residents of Greenwich Village was on full display last week when Community Board 2 unanimously voted against NYU’s 2031 expansion plan. This came as no surprise; in dozens of public hearings held earlier this year, the vast majority of community members were clearly opposed to NYU’s plans. Last Thursday, that opposition crystallized in the one venue that residents of Greenwich Village apartments have to voice their concerns.

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  • City Life with Pets: How Animal-Friendly is NYC? By Gabrielle Hughes | February 24, 2012

    Crowded streets and cramped spaces define New York City, but even with a lack of square footage, many Manhattan residents make having a pet work, regardless of size or species.

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  • MTA Plans Sleepovers with Disgruntled Upper East Siders By Daniel Muhlenberg | February 23, 2012

    In what surely must be a first, MTA officials will be making late-night home visits to residents of the Upper East Side apartments near construction sites for the upcoming Second Avenue Subway. This unusual plan stemmed from a meeting between MTA officials and home and business owners around 72nd Street, many of whom were incensed about the veritable plague of ongoing noise has kept them up at night and driven customers away during the day. So MTA officials want to experience firsthand what it's like to be harried by the sound of jackhammers at 2:00 in the morning, presumably in order to better assess whether they need to change their approach to the new construction project.

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  • Harlem's 116th Street is Growing Into A Cultural Destination By Justin Spees | February 23, 2012

    Over the past several years Frederick Douglass Boulevard—the stretch of Eighth Avenue stretching from 110th to 124th Street—has grown from one of Manhattan’s more dangerous stretches to a part of town so trendy it won Curbed’s Best Neighborhood Award in 2011. The cause of the street’s transformation was an influx of high-end residential buildings in Harlem, which brought wealthier people into the neighborhood, along with upscale retail stores and restaurants eager to serve them. Now a stretch of 116th Street is seeing similar storefront changes, in another sign of Harlem’s burgeoning rejuvenation as a choice residential destination.

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  • Preservationists Stall Construction of Upper West Side Wine Bar By Gabrielle Hughes | February 22, 2012

    Since 2010, lifelong Upper West Sider Greg Hunt has been on a mission to open a wine bar within his home neighborhood. However, his venture has become a drawn-out struggle, as wealthy residents put an end to the restaurant's initial plans, and now preservationists have delayed the project's completion even further.

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