By the numbers: Grappling with the Garment District

From the May issue: The Garment District was once the heart of Manhattan’s colorfully named Tenderloin red-light district, but since the early 20th century it’s been home to the city’s fashion manufacturing industry. The area — bounded roughly by Seventh and Ninth avenues and West 35th and 42nd streets — is something of a vestige […]

De Blasio’s Sunnyside Yard proposal would cost $16B-$19B: NYC EDC

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to deck and develop Sunnyside Yard in Queens could feasibly cover 85 percent of the 180-acre site at a cost ranging from $16 billion to $19 billion, according to a new study published by the New York City Economic Development Corporation. When the mayor pitched the idea to develop the […]

City’s DOB chief opposes apprenticeship bill

NYC Department of Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler is the latest member of the de Blasio administration to oppose a mandatory apprenticeship program for construction workers. Testifying on Tuesday before the City Council, Chandler said while the program has safety components, “they are primarily focused on teaching a trade,” Crain’s reported. Instead, Chandler said the agency […]

Trump’s executive order could slash billions in funding to NYC

President Donald Trump’s pledge to slash federal funding to “Sanctuary Cities” could cost New York City north of $7 billion. The proposal is part of the administration’s promise to a “crack down” on cities that protect undocumented immigrants, including New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Newark and New Haven, Connecticut. Mayor Bill de Blasio has vowed […]

De Blasio urges Building Congress to pressure Albany to expand design-build to NYC

Mayor Bill de Blasio urged the New York Building Congress on Monday to put pressure on Albany to expand design-build authority to New York City. “It’s something we all know will help us get a lot more done more quickly, but we’re going to need your help in Albany,” the mayor said to members at […]

Gregg Singer pleads with city to allow EV development

Developer Gregg Singer is pushing Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration to lift a stop work order, allowing the conversion of a former East Village elementary school into dorms to move forward. Singer’s planned conversion at 605 East 9th Street have been stalled since 2015, Crain’s reported. However, Adelphi University hopes to move students into the […]

Queens politico sues de Blasio administration over controversial hotel-to-shelter conversion

As the city grapples with record levels of homelessness, one Queens council member is going to great lengths to stop the de Blasio administration’s plans to convert a budget hotel in Maspeth into a homeless shelter. Elizabeth Crowley is suing the de Blasio administration over plans to convert a Holiday Inn Express at 59-40 55th Road into […]

Landlords win battle with City Hall over water rate rebate

Landlords won a battle with City Hall Monday over the city’s 2.1 percent water rate increase after a state judge ruled the de Blasio administration arbitrarily awarded a water rebate to select property owners. The Rent Stabilization Association, which represents 25,000 landlords, took the city to court after the mayor’s administration decided to give $122 […]

VIDEO: This bill could eliminate height restrictions on residential buildings in NYC

Enormous towers seem to be springing up like mushrooms after the rain — even Brooklyn is getting its own a supertall. By next week, however, the floodgates could open for speedier changes to the city’s skyline. Click here for a closer look at a proposed set of bills that would remove the current cap on […]