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Hell’s Kitchen height limit sacrificed for ‘public good’

More affordable housing for the community, or preservation of the unique character of Hell’s Kitchen. Comment

'Tearing down the wall' along Chelsea's waterfront

Despite opening to the public back in April, Pier 64 celebrated its official coming out party on Thurs., Aug. 20, with a cadre of local advocates and elected officials on hand to fete the new waterfront mall that spent more than two decades in the making. Comment

High Line puts brakes on improvement district plan

A controversial plan to tax residents and property owners near the High Line to help pay for the elevated park was dropped last week after neighbors came out against the proposal. Comment

Copters flights catch flak at hearing

Anti-noise and air-traffic safety advocates joined elected officials at a Tues., Aug. 25, hearing by the City Council’s transportation committee on how to improve air safety in the aftermath of the Aug. 8 helicopter crash with a private airplane over the Hudson River in which nine people were killed. Comment

Another round for bar rule, and boards are happier

Bar owners seeking licenses will once again face tougher restrictions under a bill passed by the state Legislature this summer. Comment

High Line access points on track for two 10th Ave. condos

The Parks Department asked the City Council’s Franchise and Concession Review Committee on Wednesday for permission to negotiate concession agreements with two developers that would afford their private buildings access to the High Line. Comment

West Side neighbors have harsh words for Hudson Yards

“Obscene.” “Excessive.” “Exclusionary.” “Resistance.” Comment

High Line district plan is too taxing, neighbors cry

The High Line’s recently proposed improvement district will unfairly force local residents and property owners to pay for the elevated greenway, charged a group of Chelsea neighbors who don’t think the community should have to pony up for the public “park in the sky.” Comment

Financial District site still eyed for middle school

The Department of Education on July 28 affirmed that 26 Broadway, an office building near Bowling Green, is the top choice for a new Greenwich Village Middle School for the 2010 school year. Comments (1)

Helicopter flights come under fire after nine die in midair collision

The disastrous collision of a sightseeing helicopter and a private plane off of the Chelsea waterfront over the Hudson River on Sat., Aug. 8, prompted elected officials to demand regulation of the air corridor above the river and Hudson River Park advocates to insist on an end to tourist helicopter flights. Comment

New Penn Station transit gateway opens on Seventh Ave.

New York City commuters now have one more access point to Penn Station with the opening of a new transportation gateway at 31st St. and Seventh Ave. on Mon., Aug 31. Comment

Graffiti non grata: New bill targets tags

In an effort to advance the city’s graffiti-removal program, the City Council has introduced legislation that would allow crews to clean vandalized buildings without having to wait for the property owner’s permission. Comment

Merchants roll out complaints against 8th Ave. bike lane

By Will Glovinsky | On a recent day last month a cyclist cruised northward past 11th St. along a major Downtown avenue. His pace was leisurely, his manner relaxed. He did not swerve to avoid any jutting car doors or constantly jerk his head back to look out for taxis. Comment

Merchants roll out complaints against 8th Ave. bike lane

On a recent day last month a cyclist cruised northward past 11th St. along a major Downtown avenue. His pace was leisurely, his manner relaxed. He did not swerve to avoid any jutting car doors or constantly jerk his head back to look out for taxis. Comment

Sen. Duane decries Albany dysfunction at town hall

After an admittedly “despicable” summer in Albany, State Sen. Thomas Duane expressed confidence that votes on same-sex marriage and rent reforms could come by the end of the month despite the likely political wrangling that will occur when lawmakers return to session. Comment

14th St. refugees still homeless after spring evacuation

Four months after the city evacuated a group of tenants from their W. 14th St. building due to dangerous structural conditions, many still remain without permanent homes while awaiting the results of a lawsuit brought against their landlord. Comment

Quinn opponents protest on W. Village, Chelsea streets

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, whose district includes the West Village and Chelsea, was the target of a protest on Wed., Sept. 2, when she arrived for a meet-and-greet at a Jane St. gathering. Comment

Council candidates get FIERCE at debate

In an Aug. 28 Friday Forum hosted by FIERCE, the Chelsea-based advocacy group for LGBTQ youth of color, District 3 City Council candidate Yetta Kurland repeatedly signaled her personal identification with the struggles those young people face. Comment

Breslin holdovers feeling Aced out by hipster hotel

“Sleep with us,” reads the provocative ad, written in squiggly cursive, on the window of the recently opened Ace Hotel on W. 29th St. Comments (1)

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