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Articles about "Neighborhood Developments"

  • Exciting Times Ahead for Roosevelt Island By Aby Thomas | April 23, 2013

    Move over, Williamsburg: Roosevelt Island is the hottest new neighborhood in town, and there’s a lot more happening here than just a bunch of ironically named bars. Small and unpretentious, this island in the East River is in the midst of a major rejuvenation—from swanky parks to sprawling colleges, a number of new developments are setting up shop in this beautiful neighborhood, and there seems to be little doubt that Roosevelt Island is going to play a significant role in the New York City of the future.

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  • Reimagining the Waterfront: The East River Blueway Plan By Aby Thomas | February 13, 2013

    Having a beach on the East River waterfront may seem like a big stretch of the imagination right about now, but if the East River Blueway project goes according to plan, then New Yorkers will soon be seeing a new public beach come up directly beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. In fact, they will be seeing a lot more than a beach on the waterfront—the entire shoreline is being revamped under the East River Blueway Plan.

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  • Checking out a neighborhood? BlockAvenue can help By Aby Thomas | October 15, 2012

    When it comes to living in New York City, choosing the right neighborhood to live in is almost as important as choosing the right apartment. An apartment may have all the luxury features you are looking for, but if it is located in a lackluster neighborhood, then chances are that you wouldn’t be too pleased with your lifestyle there. Home hunters in Manhattan take a lot of time and effort to check out the neighborhood they might become a part of, and any help they get to do just that would be welcomed. For such New Yorkers, BlockAvenue will be like a godsend.

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  • Redefining Nightlife Along East Houston Street By Gabrielle Hughes | August 10, 2012

    Bars are plentiful along the East Houston Street corridor, but the border between the East Village and the Lower East Side is ready to change up its local nighttime feel. While venues amidst Bowery and Avenue A are known for rowdy crowds and cheap drinks, the area is now looking to build some new destinations, and mirror more sophisticated hotspots in New York City.

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  • Chrystie Street Hotel in the Works By Andrea Garcia-Vargas | July 02, 2012

    Post-war mid-rises and pre-war walk-ups in the Lower East Side can expect a new neighbor in upcoming months. A recent proposal by Community Board 3 has decided that the Cooper Square Urban Renewal Area (CSURA) at 215 Chrystie Street will become a 25-story hotel spanning 195,000 square feet. What is currently an unoccupied lot will soon be transformed into one of the tallest buildings in a neighborhood of townhouses and lofts. As of now, the building near East Houston Street will be a hotel on the first 17 floors, but the top 8 will most probably be reserved as residences in the form of luxury condos, according to the Bowery Boogie.

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  • Transformation to Come in Harlem Generates Uncertainty By Yuan Feng | June 04, 2012

    Harlem’s 125th Street recently seems to be an area perpetually slated for new construction projects. Recent plans include efforts to find a developer to transform a large parking garage into a 363,000 square foot office complex, a 600,000 square-foot office for Major League Baseball, and various other announcements regarding empty sites on 125th Street. Yet despite years of wanting the empty spaces on Manhattan's 125th Street to be occupied by new offices as well as trendy bars and hotels, this area of Harlem remains a region that is home primarily to fast-food restaurants and casual entertainment. While a slew of development plans seem to predict that the large empty lots will be transformed into office towers, those vacant spaces still exist, and soaring office towers are nowhere to be seen. 

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  • Controversy Surrounds NYPD's Security Plans for WTC By Daniel Muhlenberg | April 13, 2012

    How do you strike a balance between security and community? That’s the question on the minds of apartment residents in the Financial District who are about to see their neighborhood shut down to traffic. The NYPD’s proposed security plan for the World Trade Center site will create a superblock around the complex with multiple vehicle checkpoints and barricaded secure zones on all four sides. If implemented as it stands right now, the plan would lock down sections of Liberty Street, Vesey Street, Church Street, Washington Street, Greenwich Street, and West Broadway. Residents and local businesses looking at the prospect of having to pass through security checkpoints every time they go home or go to work are not happy about it. Moreover, they're not happy because they haven't had a voice.

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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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  • Parking in NYC Just Got Trickier By admin | October 03, 2011

    Parking meters. We’ve all seen them throughout NYC, physical reminders that parking in Manhattan can be a difficult endeavor. But over the past few years, these money-eating sentries have been on the decline with the advent of the new electronic Muni-Meters that require drivers to pay upfront and display a receipt on their dashboards. This new phenomenon begs the question; could our previous methods of parking be changing? The answer is a resounding yes.

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