Government brief: City Council passes new landmarks rules, de Blasio’s “megatower” plan stalls … & more

From the July issue: City Council votes to streamline landmarks process In response to mounting criticism of the city’s landmarks process, the City Council has passed a bill that imposes deadlines on the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s public review process. The new law, Intro 775-A, will force the commission to vote on landmarking a building or site […]

Empire State Development changes course, backs BK Bridge Park’s Pier 6

Rendering of Pier 6 at Brooklyn Bridge Park (credit: ODA) (inset: Howard Zemsky) The Empire State Development Corp. did an about-face and backed plans for a two-tower residential development at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6, paving the way for the entity that operates the park to approve the project. RAL Development Services and partner Oliver’s Realty […]