A collective sigh of relief could be heard emanating from New York University’s Kaufman Management Center last Thursday, April 21, as Community Board 2 finally voted on, and passed, a resolution supporting the first phase of the long-awaited and endlessly debated renovation of Washington Square Park.
The restoration, if finally approved by the city’s Landmarks Read More
For decades, dating back to the Koch administration, plans for a 42nd Street river-to-river light-rail system have periodically been proposed every few years, only to go off the tracks. Now, proponents of a new 42nd Street corridor light-rail system, perhaps emboldened by the banishment of the more prurient elements of the Times Square of yore-prostitutes, Read More
Neighbors Don’t Take
To the ‘Friars Way’
The New York Friars Club may not get the last laugh this time.
In celebration of its 100th birthday, the club requested that 55th Street between Park and Madison avenues be renamed Friars Way.
But Community Board 5, fed up with a saturation of renamed Read More
Are They High? Board 2 Says:
‘Liberate Park: Legalize It!’
Other community boards are concerned about getting stonewalled. At Community Board 2, they’re worried about getting stoned.
So, to free their park from the grip of local pot-peddlers hawking nickel bags in Washington Square Park with less discretion than the hot-dog vendors, board Read More
Danny Meyer Plans to Open
Burger Stand in Madison Square Park
-Board Member, Sharon Paley
Over the last few years, restaurateur Danny Meyer has harbored something of an obsession with beautifying Madison Square Park, which serves as a backdrop to two of his restaurants. Now he’s moving in.
Mr. Meyer’s company, the Read More
Board O.K.’s Chairless Lounge
Are New Yorkers ready to eat their filet mignon lying down? The owners of B.E.D., a chair-free Miami restaurant and lounge, think so, and so they are looking to export their horizontal concept to the Flatiron district.
B.E.D. New York’s parent company, MelBel Enterprises (which is buying Read More
Condos on Far West Side
Await Stadium Boom
Pitcairn Properties, the Jenkintown, Penn.–based developer, has plans to build a pair of seven-story residential condos totaling 20,000 square feet at 505-513 West 47th Street, on the corner of 11th Avenue.
But before they can break ground on the project, the company has to get Read More
Think of the Children!
Board Irked by Hold on Funding
Although it’s generally agreed that Mayor Bloomberg is sincere in his desire to improve education and youth services in the city, his administration’s recent decision to forestall fundingnewyouth programs has frustrated downtown community members who take seriously the oft-mocked mantra “Think of the children!” Read More
Summer on the Seine may soon be just around the corner from the Hudson. In November, the Department of City Planning announced plans to introduce a new breed of sidewalk café on hundreds of Manhattan’s café-wary streets. As early as summer, the new Parisian-like outdoor café, the so-called “mini-café,” could crop up in many of Read More
Intended to heal the economic injury inflicted on New York City by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, tax-free Liberty Bonds have introduced new kinds of suffering. Lately, they’ve had an effect similar to rubbing alcohol when it’s applied to an open wound: From the State Assembly to downtown community boards, the bonds have become an Read More