Forgotten NY at the Gotham Gazette Reading Club

From Michael Miscione, Manhattan Borough Historian ([email protected]) At my suggestion the Gotham Gazette Reading NYC Book Club has invited Kevin Walsh, the author of my new favorite book, Forgotten New York, to speak this Wednesday evening. This event is free and open to the public, so I encourage you to attend. Forgotten New York – […]

Fight to preserve 18th Century Houses on Greenwich Street continues

From the Downtown Express Preservationists fight to save 3 rowhouses on GreenwichBy Skye H. McFarlane The original residents of 96 Greenwich St. could never have imagined this: More than two centuries after its construction, their modest brick home is caught at the center of a battle between a hotelier, a gentleman’s club and a host […]

Clear-eyed View at Atlantic Yards

A well-written and well-reasoned view on Atlantic Yards. Very worth reading. February 24, 2007Op-Ed ContributorA Developing Story By JENNIFER EGAN THE developer Bruce Ratner broke ground this week on his Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn, despite an eminent domain suit over property he must raze to build a basketball arena for the Nets. This “preparatory […]

An Open Letter to the New-York Historical Society

From Landmark West! Like many others who care about the future of the “Triple Landmark” New-York Historical Society (N-YHS), LANDMARK WEST! received your letter emailed two days ago disputing the nearly unanimous vote against your project taken by Community Board 7’s Parks & Preservation Committee on February 8, 2007. Preserve History, Don’t Distort Reality: The […]

Who's Going to be the Next Jane Jacobs?

The Rockefeller Foundation has announced the creation of a Jane Jacobs Medal to honor the activist, author and urbanist. The foundation will award the medal annually to recognize two living individuals whose creative vision for the urban environment has significantly contributed to the vibrancy and variety of New York City. The first individual will be […]

Seaport Redevelopment Plans

Plan would raze South Street Seaport mallBy Michael Clancy, amNewYork City [email protected] 23, 2007 South Street Seaport’s Pier 17 will most likely be razed to make way for a mixed-use retail, residential and open space development, a spokeswoman for the property’s leaseholder said Thursday. Though the company is exploring a range of options, the three-story […]

Interview with LPC Chair Robert Tierney

The Sheriff of Landmarks Robert Tierney, chairman of the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission, talks about 980 Madison and the controversy that pit author Tom Wolfe against developer Aby Rosen.By Tom Acitelli, from the New York Observer.

New York City Taxes Higher than Elsewhere

From the Independent Budget Office: This newly issued report, Comparing State and Local Taxes in Large U.S. Cities, updates and expands Taxing Metropolis, an IBO report issued in 2000 that found that local government taxes claimed a substantially greater share of resources in New York City than in other large U.S. cities. Here we extend […]

More Details on the Race for the 40th & HDC's candidate forum

From Courier-Life 02/15/2007Hot seat: Nine vie for council post – Candidates court voters at P.S. 217By Helen Klein This time, the focus was neighborhood preservation. Candidates for the vacant seat in the 40th Councilmanic District, gathered at Public School 217, Newkirk and Coney Island Avenues, for a forum organized by the Historic Districts Council (HDC), […]