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  • New York State Pavilion, Queens

    New York State Pavilion in Queens

    The fate of the New York State Pavilion in Queens, which has been left to rust for half a century, will be decided this weekend. Some say the distinctive modernist landmark is beyond repair and should be scrapped.

    Designed by Philip Johnson in 1964 and located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, the Pavilion consists of the Tent of Tomorrow and three 100-foot-tall observation towers. [more]

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  • The renovated Kirkman Lofts in Dumbo was once a soap factory

    The renovated Kirkman Lofts in Dumbo was once a soap factory

    Nearly 40 percent of New York City land was rezoned during the Bloomberg administration, drastically altering New York City’s industrial base, once a bedrock of commerce in the city.  [more]

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  • The site of the Chef Driven Market in Union Square and Michael Bloomberg

    The site of the Chef Driven Market in Union Square and Michael Bloomberg

    The new administration will defend two controversial cases – one involving the appropriate use of public spaces and another involving yellow cabs — in court this week. The move, critics say, is a sign that Mayor Bill de Blasio is breaking away from his campaign rhetoric and aligning himself with the previous administration’s plans. [more]

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  • A screenshot of the New Housing Marketplace Plan

    A screenshot of the New Housing Marketplace Plan

    The Bloomberg administration is well on its way to meet – in fact, exceed – its goal of building or preserving 165,000 affordable housing units by July 2014, according to a new report from the city’s Department of Housing Preservation & Development.

    The city launched its affordable housing initiative – known as the New Housing Marketplace Plan – in 2003, and had completed nearly 160,000 units of affordable housing by the end of 2013, according to the report. Under the plan Manhattan had 51,168 units built or preserved, the most of any borough. Brooklyn had 37,643 units built or preserved, the Bronx had 49,426 , Queens had 16,530 and Staten Island had 2,463. [more]

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  • Amanda Burden and the High Line

    Amanda Burden and the High Line

    Outgoing City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden singled out the High Line on Manhattan’s Far West Side as the highlight of her 12-year stint with the Bloomberg administration – and said she would stick with her current boss even after he leaves office. [more]

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  • From left: Rendering of the Kingsbridge Ice Center and Staten Island's New York Wheel

    From left: Rendering of the Kingsbridge National Ice Center and Staten Island’s New York Wheel

    In the waning days of the Bloomberg administration, a number of high-profile “legacy projects” are squeaking through. Among them are the $580 million Empire Outlets mall and New York Wheel Ferris wheel on Staten Island, a $16 million experimental micro-apartment building in Kips Bay and the Kingsbridge National Ice Center in the Bronx. [more]

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  • From left: Workers on Hudson Yards' first building and Mayor Michael Bloomberg

    From left: Workers on Hudson Yards’ first building and Mayor Michael Bloomberg

    Outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg is taking one more swipe at the City Council’s Living Wage Law before his January departure. In a new state court lawsuit, Bloomberg’s office argued that the law — which forces developers that receive $1 million or more in city aid to pay workers at least $11.50 an hour or $10 an hour plus benefits — illegally circumvents existing state and federal minimum wage laws. [more]

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  • nycfc

    Man City owner Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and New York City Football Club logo

    Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio reviewed the Mayor Bloomberg-supported plan to build a nearly $400 million soccer stadium in the Bronx for the first time yesterday – and was not quick to endorse it.

    “We have real concerns about investing scarce public resources and forgoing revenue to support the creation of an arena for a team co-owned by one of the world’s wealthiest individuals, and will review any plan with that in mind,” a de Blasio spokesperson said. [more]

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  • bloomberg-cranes

    From left: a tower crane and Mayor Bloomberg

    In one of his last initiatives while in office, Mayor Bloomberg proposed a bill yesterday to prevent cranes manufactured more than 25 years ago from operating at building sites in the city.

    The bill would require owners of mobile or tower cranes to install load cycle counters that record data on every lift performed by the equipment over its lifetime. Bloomberg has introduced the proposal to the City Council for review, according to a statement from the mayor’s office yesterday. [more]

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  • related-willets-hudson-yards

    From left: Renderings of Willets Point and Hudson Yards

    Stephen Ross’ Related Companies received approval yesterday for a combined $120 million in tax exemptions for two of its largest projects — Hudson Yards and Willets Point.

    Although the city reviewed the request at a public hearing last week, the Industrial Development Agency made the final call, voting 12-1 in favor of granting Related’s request. The IDA board meeting will be the last one to be held during Mayor Bloomberg’s administration. [more]

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  • Michael Bloomberg and NYCHA's Baruch Houses on the Lower East Side

    Michael Bloomberg and Baruch Houses on the Lower East Side

    A Manhattan state judge has dismissed a City Council-backed lawsuit that aimed to delay the New York City Housing Authority’s controversial land lease program. The program would raise revenue for repairs and capital projects by permitting building of market-rate apartments on the grounds of eight different public housing projects in Manhattan. [more]

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  • memorial-sloan

    Rendering of Memorial Sloan-Kettering project on the Upper East Side

    The City Council approved the controversial new Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center medical facility on the Upper East Side yesterday. [more]

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  • development clockFrom the November issue: As the clock ticks down on the Bloomberg years, developers with projects in the planning stages are pulling out all the stops to tick off as many steps in the approval process as possible before a new mayor takes office. Of course, that’s easier said than done, especially as the current administration races to complete its own development agenda.

    Andy Gerringer, managing director of new business development at the Marketing Directors, said that accelerating the quest for approvals provides a badly needed sense of security for developers. [more]

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  • vanderbilt

    Rendering of office tower One Vanderbilt in Midtown East

    The demise of Mayor Bloomberg’s Midtown East rezoning proposal put a freeze on developer SL Green Realty’s lofty plans for a 65-story, 1.5 million-square-foot office tower One Vanderbilt adjacent to Grand Central Station. [more]

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  • bloomberg-midtown

    Midtown East (Inset: Michael Bloomberg)

    UPDATED, 9:48 p.m., Nov. 12: Just before the City Council vote slated for this week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg withdrew his application today for the controversial 73-block Midtown East rezoning, citing an absence of backing from legislators. [more]

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  • Gracie Mansion to see full-time residents

    November 03, 2013 04:00PM
    Gracie Mansion

    Gracie Mansion

    Gracie Mansion, the official residence of the mayor of New York City, has played host to everyone from John Quincy Adams to Charlie Chaplin, but rarely to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Now with a new mayor coming into office the historic home is preparing to see its first full-time resident in nearly 12 years. [more]

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  • Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Metropolitan Museum of Art

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art has signed a new lease agreement with the city that allows the museum to charge admission. The change to the lease comes in the wake of lawsuits that accused the Met of duping visitors into believing they had to pay to enter the museum, which technically only suggested a “donation.” [more]

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  • From left: Michael Bloomberg and Attorney Steven Banks

    From left: Michael Bloomberg and attorney Steven Banks

    Opponents of the Bloomberg administration’s plan to lease New York City Housing Authority land to developers for the creation of market-rate housing filed suit to block the plan in New York State Supreme Court. [more]

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  • From left: Michael Bloomberg, 677 East 141st Street in the Bronx, 220 East 106th Street in Manhattan and Bill de Blasio

    From left: Michael Bloomberg, 677 East 141st Street in the Bronx, 220 East 106th Street in Manhattan and Bill de Blasio

    Mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio’s likely ascension to Gracie Mansion has New York City’s 183 charter schools spooked that their free rent may soon come to an end. [more]

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  • From left: Jonathan

    From left: Jonathan Rose and Mayor Michael Bloomberg

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg has tapped a six-firm team of architects, developers and “cultural partners” to tackle the proposed mixed-use development site BAM North II in Downtown Brooklyn. [more]

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