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The real estate development world, which is full of complaints about government, rarely throws around the term “efficient” when speaking of the Department of City Planning. One of the biggest complaints is that most every developer embarking on a big project must go through what can be a months-long “pre-certification” process (though it can even Read More
Looks like the Bloomberg administration, currently updating the city charter, may leave its land-use approval process untouched.
Amanda Burden, chairwoman of the City Planning Commission and the administration’s empress of all things zoning, said last night that she does not want to see the seven-month review process changed.
Speaking on a panel on the land Read More
In a late September planning conference at N.Y.U., Vishaan Chakrabarti strode into the college’s Kimmell Center a healthy hour after the event began.
Taking his place onstage, the former city planning official and development executive began to speak about his favorite project: the redevelopment of Pennsylvania Station-in the planning stages for nearly two decades-an effort Read More
Did Jean Nouvel and Hines Interests sabotage their own plans for a new tower near MoMA?
As Eliot Brown recounted in a recent profile of City Planning chair Amanda Burden, the designer and the developer showed up to her office unprepared.
“They hadn’t finished the design.” Ms. Burden said plainly in her office last Read More
The full, 1.5-mile vision for the High Line Park inched one step closer to completion today, with the first concrete indication that the city will acquire the northern third of the elevated rail line.
At a City Planning Commission meeting this afternoon, chair Amanda Burden said the commission is preparing the paperwork for the Read More
If you are a developer adding to the city’s skyline, make sure you have the design complete before you go meet with our rather powerful City Planning Commissioner, Amanda Burden.
Hines Interests, that Texas-based firm planning to build a tower next to MoMA, tried to sneak an unfinished plan by Ms. Burden, and it didn’t Read More
As the summer was winding down, Hines Interests, the Texas-based firm planning a 1,250-foot slender tower set to soar next to the Museum of Modern Art, visited the Department of City Planning’s Lower Manhattan offices, designs in hand, to seek the approval of Amanda Burden, the agency’s director. The tower, designed by acclaimed French architect Read More
“You have to keep the city alive,” Jean Nouvel pleaded to the City Council yesterday in a heavy French accent. “I try to respect the neighborhood. The building is so slim.”
Mr. Nouvel was asking the City Council to restore 200 feet to the top of his new tower planned to rise next to Read More
Jean Nouvel wants his 200 feet back. Mr. Nouvel, the bald Frenchman who won architecture’s esteemed Pritzker Prize in 2008, engaged in a last-ditch effort on Tuesday, Oct. 6, to save the 1,250-foot height of the tower he’s planned to have rise next to the Museum of Modern Art.
Four weeks after City Planning Commission Read More
Nearly three years after receiving a green light from the state government, the mega-Atlantic Yards development is entering a critical stage, as developer Bruce Ratner is rushing to secure financing and tie up loose ends before an end-of-year tax deadline.
On Wednesday, in releasing renderings of a trimmed-down, redesigned arena, Mr. Ratner said he Read More