Columbia planning prof and his students imagine a New York of bike shares and self-driving cars
On Saturday afternoon, Rerun Theater at Rebar was full. It seemed only fitting that even the name of the place is a do-over, its chairs the back seats from old minivans--and not just because Rerun is a venue for post-film festival movies that don't yet have distributors. Today the theater was screen ... More >>
Yesterday, the Voice wrote on reports that Mayor Mike wants to speed up rezoning schemes near Grand Central Terminal, so that out-of-date, short buildings can be replaced with modern towers. The Mayor's idea would run from East 39th Street to East 59th Street, between Third and Fifth Avenues -- and ... More >>
And another hundred people just got off of the train? Try another two hundred thousand. An article printed in the Sunday New York Times -- which poses in its headline the daunting question: "How Many People Can Manhattan Hold?" -- explains that the Department of City Planning's Population Division e ... More >>
New York continues its onward march toward looking just like the rest of America. From the New York Times: "The proliferation of chain stores, banks and pharmacies in the past decade or so has robbed many neighborhoods of the quirky one-of-a-kind shops that give those places their distinct ... More >>
It's that time of year when we dredge up old stats and check them again! And in so doing, we can confirm, via Census data and the New York Post, that women outnumber men in the city "by 52.5 to 47.5 percent," translating to 410,045 more women then men overall, and nearly 10 percent more women than m ... More >>
The demonstration wears thin for those who call Wall Street home.
The Real Estate Board of New York, a powerful developers' trade association, is trying to get the city to change a 1975 law requiring privately-owned public spaces to be open 24/7. REBNY hasn't yet submitted a proposal to the city, but following reports of REBNY's plans, there's been somethin ... More >>
New York City is hoping to improve the lives of elderly residents by doing things like increasing street crossing times at major intersections by four seconds (do this at Delancey Street, please!), operating school buses for grocery store runs, and just making NYC a kinder, gentler place, th ... More >>
Our ever-busy city planners are eager to rezone Sunset Park. To hear them tell it, the rezoning is benign, aiming "to preserve neighborhood character and scale by placing height limits throughout the area, allowing for new development where appropriate at a height and scale that is in keeping ... More >>
Coney landmarks continue to be dismantled. Here's Dietrich's Flickr image of workers taking down the Astroland sign on Monday (h/t Gowanus Lounge). Yesterday the Department of City Planning began its review of the Coney Island Rezoning Plan, including a "Wonder Wheel Way Elevation" and a six-block ... More >>
Out of patience and out of order over city's 'racist' rezoning plan
The city's complicity behind the borough's soaring eviction rate
Voices of the fading community in the shadow of the Atlantic Yards
Yanks and Mets plans leave little room for public debate
Rezoning plan for Brooklyn's fourth avenue forces lower-income neighbors out
The people who tried to sell you the world's most expensive stadium
Talk of Bush, Kerry, and Mexicansthe fastest-growing group in town
Work to Start on Loisaida Luxury Units
Will Any of the Possibilities Really Be Considered?
A Bosnian War Vet in Astoria Drums Away Tragedy One-Handed
The city's war on sex shops has nothing to do with morality and everything to do with development. Especially around Times Square.
Battle Over Theater Zone Nears Final Scenes