Last night, actor Mark Ruffalo was on hand at an Upper West Side public forum to voice his opposition to the proposal allowing hydrofracking in New York State.
Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal arranged the forum as a means for her UWS constituents, along with other New Yorkers, to discuss the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s proposal to open the Marcellus Shale to natural gas drilling, which comes after the moratorium on the practice was lifted in June. The DEC has opened its Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS), which explores the controversy surrounding hydrofracking, to public comment through Dec. 12.
Wednesday night, as The Observer crossed the West Side Highway at Bank Street and walked over to Pier 49, the pink-orange sun was reflecting onto the Hudson River, and people had filled the surrounding patches of grass, waiting for the official unveiling of a new public artwork by artist Jon Morris called Reflecting the Stars, Read More
City residents and elected officials are coming together this Sunday to rally against a flashing neon sign at an Upper West Side Duane Reade.
The flashing billboard, affixed to the second story of a Duane Reade at 72nd and Broadway, has generated complaints from neighborhood residents who say that the sign is disruptively bright. The Read More
After the Democratic Party’s unity rally for Bill Thompson on Sunday, the campaign sent out a list of supporters that included a name I hadn’t seen on there before: Tom Duane.
Duane, the state senator from Chelsea, didn’t attend the event, but has officially come out in support of Thompson, a fellow Democrat.
Duane was Read More
Here’s Bill de Blasio on Saturday with a bunch of lawmakers from Manhattan endorsing him on the steps of City Hall. The endorsers include Representative Jerry Nadler, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, State Senator Eric Schneiderman and Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal.
Nadler said, “He’s known when to get along, and known when to stand and fight.” Read More
POUGHKEEPSIE—Reinstatement of the commuter tax has been a non-starter ever since its repeal a decade ago, and there’s no reason yet to believe that its chances are any better this year.
But word comes from State Senator Tom Duane that he is reintroducing the measure—as he does every year—to provide much-needed revenue for Read More
Extell Development has dropped its push to bring Costco to its planned "Riverside Center" site on the Upper West Side, part of the larger Riverside South development by the West Side Highway.
The developer told elected officials this morning that the planned store was off the table, dropping a controversial element of their plan, which Read More
Extell Development is in talks with discount bulk retailer Costco to occupy a large underground store as part of a new 3.3 million-square-foot development of mostly residential buildings on the Upper West Side.
Extell, led by Gary Barnett, is seeking to move forward on developing the last parcels of Riverside South, the Read More
Here’s a shot from the breakfast hosted Sunday morning by the Council of Orthodox Jewish Organizations on the West Side, which, as Grace Rauh noted, attracted nearly every 2009 candidate for citywide office.
Sitting at the same table were, from left to right, state comptroller Tom DiNapoli, mayoral hopeful John Catsimatidis, city Read More
Practically every major Democrat in the city was at the corner of 14th Street and First Avenue yesterday afternoon to announce the formation of a what they say is the largest housing coalition in the city’s history.
The group, New York Is Our Home, includes labor and tenant groups, the Working Read More