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    From left: Borough Presidents Gale Brewer, Eric Adams, Melinda Katz, James Oddo and Ruben Diaz

    From the October issue: Stripped of much of their power when the city Board of Estimate was dissolved in 1990, the city’s five borough presidents seem to play a minor role in city politics these days. But one area where they can still carry significant weight is development. [more]

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  • From left: 67 Vestry Street, Aby Rosen, Gale Brewer and Meenakshi Srinivasan

    From left: 67 Vestry Street, Aby Rosen, Gale Brewer and Meenakshi Srinivasan

    If you can’t get landmarked, bring the landmarked district to you. [more]

  • From left: Dan Garodnick and Gale Brewer

    From left: Dan Garodnick and Gale Brewer

    The leaders of the Midtown East rezoning steering committee pledged to consult city unions, clarifying their position after labor groups were left with no place on the task force when its makeup was announced last week. [more]

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    From left: Gale Brewer and Manhattan

    Requiring review of demolition plans for New York City’s older structures, as one politician has proposed, would affect nearly 80 percent of all buildings — a figure that has the real estate industry worried. [more]

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    307 West 79th Street

    Ron Edelstein, owner of the Imperial Court Hotel at 307 West 79th Street, accused Mayor Bill de Blasio of ordering the Department of Homeless Services to reject his plan to convert the site into a homeless shelter. A de Blasio spokesperson denied the claim, calling it “categorically false.”

    Edelstein claims that a high-ranking agency official informed him of the mayor’s alleged order. Under Edelstein’s plan, the 227-room hotel would be transformed to hold 340 homeless people in 170 rooms. The city would not fund the conversion, but would instead pay nearly $18 million per year to cover staff, food and other services for each person in the shelter. [more]

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    Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer

    Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer plans to propose a law requiring plans to raze buildings more than 50 years old to be reviewed.

    Should the legislation pass, the Landmarks Preservation Commission would have to consider each building for landmark status publicly for 30 days before demolition would be allowed. [more]

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    Rendering of Moynihan Station in Hell’s Kitchen

    City Council member Corey Johnson, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Hell’s Kitchen residents are worried that the sale of air rights for the Related Companies and Vornado Realty Trust’s Moynihan Station redevelopment site could spur overdevelopment. [more]

  • Rendering of the South Street Seaport

    Rendering of the South Street Seaport

    The added scrutiny Howard Hughes Corporation is undertaking at its proposed South Street Seaport project could mean an added layer of discussion for other projects aiming to sprout around the city under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration. The planned 50-story tower’s review process could prompt others to create working groups to further vet projects before they reach ULURP. [more]

  • From left: TF Cornerstone's Frederick Elghanayan, Gale Brewer and Jimmy Van Bramer

    From left: TF Cornerstone’s Frederick Elghanayan, Manhattan borough president Gale Brewer and council majority leader Jimmy Van Bramer

    Building workers’ union 32BJ SEIU, long at odds with developer TF Cornerstone over the firm’s alleged poor treatment of workers at its buildings, will rally outside the developer’s Manhattan offices Wednesday along with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and several City Council members. [more]

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  • From left: A 7-Eleven on 3rd Avenue in Gramercy and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer

    From left: A 7-Eleven on 3rd Avenue in Gramercy and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer

    Suburban convenience store 7-Eleven has faced an uphill battle to gain acceptance in the bodega-filled land of Manhattan, and the borough’s new president has no intention of making the fight any easier on the chain. [more]

  • From left: Gale Brewer, Eric Adams, James Oddo, Melinda Katz and Ruben Diaz

    From left: Gale Brewer, Eric Adams, James Oddo, Melinda Katz and Ruben Diaz

    New schools, revitalizing East New York and better transportation to the Rockaways were just a few items on the borough presidents’ agendas in their first joint public appearance Tuesday. [more]

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    From left: Gale Brewer, rendering of the proposed penthouses at 2211 Broadway and Robert A.M. Stern

    Local politicians and homeowners railed against a plan to add penthouses atop the historic Apthorp condominiums, telling the Landmarks Preservation Commission that the developers withheld key information to hasten regulatory approvals, and that the new units would depress resale values. [more]

  • From left: Daniel Garodnick, Gale Brewer and Rosie Mendez

    From left: Daniel Garodnick, Gale Brewer and Rosie Mendez

    A bill doing the rounds in City Council would eliminate a loophole that allows construction companies to work late at night and early in the morning. [more]

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    Gale Brewer and 733 Amsterdam Ave (Photo credit: PropertyShark)

    A company with ties to the Midtown-based Starrett Corporation is converting a 28-story rental building on the Upper West Side into a condominium with a sell-out price of $231.5 million.

    Axton Owner LLC, a Starrett affiliate, filed plans with the state Aug. 15 to convert the high-rise at 733 Amsterdam Avenue — known as the Axton — into 229 condo apartments and three commercial units. The building now has 229 rental units. [more]

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    Gale Brewer and 118 West 76th Street

    Rather than sell her vacant landmarked brownstone at 118 West 76th Street on the Upper West Side, Board of Elections official Diane Haslett-Rudiano has allegedly let the home become a neighborhood eyesore, the New York Daily News reported. The building, which the West Side Spirit voted as one of the neighborhood’s ugliest last year, is overdue on $12,000 in taxes, has broken windows and rats, and has 20 Department of Buildings violations. [more]

  • A rendering of 625 West 57th Street

    The City Council’s Land Use Committee approved Durst Fetner Residential’s development at 625 West 57th Street, a 32-story, 753-unit pyramid-shaped development in Hell’s Kitchen near the Hudson River, Crain’s reported. … [more]


  • From left: NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan, the proposed tower at 207 West 75th
    Street (source: West Side Rag), and the building currently on the site

    A proposal to erect a slim 14-story tower on a tiny site at 207 West 75th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue has been shot down by an Upper West Side community board, West Side Rag reported, after NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan, who lives in an adjacent building, declared the development “not welcome” in the neighborhood. The proposal will now go before the city’s Board of Standards & Appeals.

    The community’s opposition to the 25-foot-wide development was clear, with the votes against it almost unanimous. Nearby residents are concerned that the building would block their light, increase congestion in the neighborhood and affect property values in surrounding buildings, West Side Rag said. … [more]

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  • More than 1,500 New Yorkers are raking in as much as $10,000 a month by illegally subletting their rental apartments, the New York Post reported, as many struggle to find their financial footing in the wake of the recession.

    When Tony Chavez lost his job at a hedge fund, he realized he could make a $60,000-a-year profit just by moving out of his apartment, the Post said. He stayed at a friend’s house and started renting out his pad for between $250 and $350 per night.

    Renters are required to obtain written permission from their landlords in order to sublet their apartment legally, according to New York State law, and cannot charge more than 10 percent above the current rent. For Class A units, it is also illegal to sublet them for less than 30 consecutive days. The main issue with illegally renting out an apartment is security, said Council member Gale Brewer.

    “You have to be concerned about the comings and goings in the building, and you need to know who you’re renting to,” Brewer said. “If people need help making ends meet, they should work on getting a roommate.” … [more]

  • An Upper West Side bar has ceased operations to avoid going to court against the city, the Village Voice reported. But rather than blame strict community boards, smoking laws, or other city reforms, the Blue Donkey Bar is blaming “the malicious, capricious actions of a [single] neighbor.”

    The owners of the bar, at 489 Amsterdam Avenue near 84th Street, claim New York University professor Tim Tomlinson issued repeated noise complaints about the bar to the local police precint, the 311 hotline and local City Council member Gale Brewer to the point that the city slapped them with a nuisance abatement suit. The owners agreed to shut down the bar to avoid going to court. … [more]

  • City Council member Gale Brewer announced that she will launch an investigation into building conditions within the city’s real estate portfolio after the Daily News reported hundreds of open code violations at city-owned properties. Among the high-profile buildings implicated in the report: One Police Plaza and the Manhattan Criminal Court, each of which have around 100 violations, Gracie Mansion, which had 16, and the Department of Buildings’ own headquarters at 280 Broadway, which had 20. Most of the infractions aren’t a threat to safety, but some are more serious, like the four Environmental Control Board violations at One Police Plaza, including one for failing to prove that emergency exits have their own power supply. … [more]


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