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Upscale Buildings Underpay Workers

Upscale Buildings Underpay Workers

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED 4/11/2014 and UPDATED 4/23/2014 |  Hundreds of union workers marched across the High Line alongside non-union workers, elected officials and local advocates on April 10 to call for better wages for the non-union employees of numerous luxury residential buildings in West Chelsea. Non-union doormen, porters and concierges at ultra-wealthy residences […]

Number Crunching at the Core of Affordable Housing Squeeze

Number Crunching at the Core of Affordable Housing Squeeze

BY EILEEN STUKANE  |  New York City does not just have an affordable housing problem. This city has a human problem. “My experience in the trenches is that it’s both the poor and the middle-income who are being left out,” says Bob Kalin, tenant organizer for Housing Conservation Coordinators (HCC). “A pretty disturbing thing for […]

Forum Tackles Pedestrian Safety, Overdevelopment

Forum Tackles Pedestrian Safety, Overdevelopment

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Pedestrian safety was a hot topic at an April 21 community forum at the Hudson Guild community center on West 26th Street, marked by the announcement from Councilmember Corey Johnson that he believes new speed humps will soon be coming to that very street. The news came in the middle of […]

Cop of the Month’s Hollywood-Style Collar

Cop of the Month’s Hollywood-Style Collar

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  It’s a reality check cops like to deploy when the public expects a crime to be solved with all the action, and speed, that unfolds on the big screen: “Things only happen like that in the movies.” Well, most of the time. Every once in a while, though, life imitates art  […]

A Neighborhood Full of History Where So Much is New

A Neighborhood Full of History Where So Much is New

BY LAUREN PRICE  |  Go West  |  Not so many years ago, it might have been unimaginable for someone to suggest living in Hell’s Kitchen. Today, the gentrification of what was once a rough and tumble swath of tenements, factories, warehouses and parking structures into a white-hot neighborhood –– from Eighth Avenue west to the […]

Recreation Rocks on the River

Recreation Rocks on the River

BY LAUREN PRICE  |  Restored and reimagined piers, dazzling water views, lush grassy expanses and a 32-mile bikeway –– the nation’s most heavily used –– are among the highlights at Hudson River Park, which has become the elegant front lawn for Manhattan’s West Side neighborhoods Comprised of multiple ball fields, tennis and basketball courts, skating […]

Business Improvement District Takes Shape

Business Improvement District Takes Shape

BY LAUREN PRICE  |  As a neighborhood rises from the ground up, the Hudson Yards/ Hell’s Kitchen Business Improvement District (HYHK BID), announced in mid-March an interim board of directors — a significant step toward becoming fully operational. The BID, created under legislation signed by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg in December, covers more than 450 […]

Police Blotter, Week of April 24, 2014

Police Blotter, Week of April 24, 2014

Grand Larceny: Cycle of theft A 2009 blue Kawasaki motorcycle valued at $7,500 was reported stolen, shortly after its 23-year-old owner witnessed four men removing the two-wheeled ride from the W. 500 block of 37th St., just after 5am on Sun., April 13. Video footage confirmed the owner’s account, in which the men placed the […]

Neighbors Crusade Against Church Air Rights Sale

Neighbors Crusade Against Church Air Rights Sale

UPDATED: 3:15pm, April 10, 2014 BY SAM SPOKONY | Residents of West 16th Street, now joined by local elected officials, are continuing their fight against the “monstrous” and “out of scale” development currently underway on their block — and they’re also hoping for some divine intervention that could cut the planned building’s size in half. […]

Budget in Tow, Electeds Fill CB4 Meeting

Budget in Tow, Electeds Fill CB4 Meeting

BY EILEEN STUKANE  |  On Wednesday, April 2, the packed room at the Community Board 4 (CB4) Full Board Meeting at Roosevelt Hospital (10th Avenue between West 57th and 58th Streets), heard from more than its usual share of elected officials. Two days earlier, on March 31, the New York State Executive Budget had been […]

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