The third and final public hearing this year of the Rent Guidelines Board, the body that sets rents for the city’s more than 1 million stabilized apartments, at Cooper Union last night was theater as usual with both tenants and landlords hewing to a familiar script.
“These proceedings have become a predictable demonstration,” said Read More
After trudging back and forth around a 30-block stretch of the Upper East Side on Sunday afternoon and talking to a handful of the estimated two million revelers who turned out for the Puerto Rican Day Parade, I ducked inside one of the few open stores on Madison Avenue for a break from the grimy, Read More
After months of uncertainty, one of the Upper East Side’s most popular street vendors, Tony Dragonas, settled a suit with the Health Department over violations that had threatened his license and livelihood, allowing him to continue operating his famed food cart on 62nd Street and Madison Avenue.
Once a deal was reached, Mr. Dragonas, Read More
The first few days after the biggest U.S. building sale ever was inked, things at the GM Building were “pretty much routine” in the words of one doorman, save for the presence of a few unofficial, four-legged tenants seen scampering among the stuffed animals at FAO Schwartz.
Not many people who work at the Read More
Coke Anne and Jarvis Wilcox wanted to sell their East Hampton inn, the Maidstone Arms, all along. During the summer season, the famed, 1850’s inn is fully booked, but the winter dry spell sends year-round occupancy rates plunging to around 40 percent.
When no acceptable offers came in, the Wilcoxes decided to begin Read More
North Williamsburg does not have any major grocery chains. What it does have, in increasing abundance, is health food stores and small, family-run markets that blend Whole Foods with your neighborhood deli. We’ll call them yuppie bodegas.
There are four such shops on Bedford Avenue between North Seventh and North Ninth streets, with another Read More
“If we do not have [a Business Improvement District], we’ll be like Cinderella stuck downstairs while the rest of the city is having a party, and we will still be filthy and stinking,” said the executive director of the Chinatown Partnership, Wellington Chen.
A Chinatown BID is not a new idea. The proposal has Read More
Signs of change in Chelsea’s flower district are as abundant as the plants blooming on 28th Street. An apartment building will soon rise from the vacant lot at the corner of Sixth Avenue, the eastern boundary of the district that once stretched from 26th through 28th streets, between Sixth and Seventh avenues. Moving closer to Read More
No one knows what Manhattan’s Garment District will look like in 10 years, let alone whether the dwindling economy of designers, factories and suppliers who make up New York’s fashion industry will still be there.
The media has been covering the Garment District’s demise for decades, and lately the chorus of real estate developers Read More
Watts Street does not have a sign at the moment, but residents of the edgy, untrammeled, Tribeca block cut-off by the Holland Tunnel probably prefer it that way.
At the crossroads of SoHo, Tribeca, and the West Village, the two-block strip of Watts below Canal Street had been passed over during the downtown development Read More