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Matthew Schuerman

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Ground Breaks on New Brooklyn Waterfront Park

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

The city has broken ground on the first of three new waterfront parks in North Brooklyn. Bushwick-Inlet Park will eventually stretch six blocks along the East River. Mayor Bloomberg says the first block between North 9th and North 10th Streets, will take two years to ...

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How Do You Say "Quidditch"?

Monday, July 06, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg, Brooklyn Borough President Markowitz and Adrian Benepe, Parks Commissioner and Quidditch expert. (Edward Reed)

Mayor Bloomberg and, on his right, Adrian Benepe, Parks Commissioner and Quidditch expert. (Edward Reed)

Mayor Bloomberg certainly didn't know. In this snippet from this morning's ...

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WTC Developer Threatens Arbitration

Monday, July 06, 2009

And it looks like another stalemate could be in the offing, and that's over the dispute over who'll pay for what at the World Trade Center site. Developer Larry Silverstein has filed an official notice that will allow him to take the dispute to arbitration ...

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City Council Presses Officials on Coney Island Plan

Thursday, July 02, 2009

City Council members grilled city officials about their development proposal for Coney Island, especially on their plans to force property owners out. Mayor Bloomberg wants to replace privately-owned amusement parks with a city-owned one. Economic Development Corporation president Seth Pinsky avoided giving direct answers about ...

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New Surcharges Raise Tax on Car Rentals

Thursday, July 02, 2009

That car you're renting for a holiday getaway this weekend is going to cost you much, much more. That's because new state surcharges went into effect yesterday that boosts the tax on car rentals to 19 percent. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: A mid-sized ...

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Council Hearing Begins on Coney Island Rezoning

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

It's going to be a long haul. One of Mayor Bloomberg's more controversial rezoning plans goes before the City Council for a public hearing today.

The Bloomberg administration wants to rezone about 20 blocks of the Coney Island waterfront to allow apartment towers and hotels as ...

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Court of Appeals to Hear Atlantic Yards Case

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The state's highest court has announced it will hear arguments on the use of eminent domain at Atlantic Yards in October. The Court of Appeals says it'll review a lower court decision made last month that permitted developer Bruce Ratner to move forward with the ...

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Carpenters Union Agrees on Pay Cuts

Friday, June 26, 2009

Thousands of the city's unionized construction workers have agreed to accept lower wages for the promise of more work. The latest concession goes further than a labor agreement from last month that froze wages and limited overtime.

The Building and Construction Trades Council wouldn't give out ...

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MTA Board Hears Pros and Cons on Atlantic Yards

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

More than 40 people gave the board of the MTA board their two cents worth on the Atlantic Yards project at a meeting yesterday. But WNYC's Mathew Schuerman reports that many of its supporters have financial ties to project's developer Bruce Ratner.

Thirty-two people spoke in ...

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MTA to Vote on New Atlantic Yards Plan

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The MTA board is expected to vote this morning on a new payment schedule for the developer of the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn.

The Empire State Development Corporation yesterday moved to allow Forest City Ratner to pay the MTA just $20 million to start work, ...

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The Skinny on the New Atlantic Yards Project

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Two state agencies are spending this week revising the deal that would bring the Nets basketball team and a massive real estate development, to Brooklyn.

The board of the MTA is expected to vote this morning on a new payment schedule, that would allow the developer ...

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Quick Progress Digging Number 7 Extension Line

Monday, June 22, 2009

Some of the toughest parts in big public works projects come when government agencies, each with their own turf, have to work together. To celebrate one collaboration that's worked out well, the MTA took WNYC's Matthew Schuerman on a tour yesterday of an unfinished subway ...

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New Agreement Expected on Atlantic Yards Project

Monday, June 22, 2009

The MTA is expected to unveil a new agreement to sell the development rights above one of its rail yards in Brooklyn. In 2005, Real estate developer Bruce Ratner promised to pay the MTA $100 million and build a state of the art rail yard ...

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MTA Says Number 7 Tunnel 'Seems' to be On Time

Friday, June 19, 2009

Contractors finished excavating a cavern underneath the Port Authority Bus Terminal in six months. The job was supposed to take up to three years.

But Chief Engineer Joe Trainor says they have to beat some internal deadlines, if they want to finish the project on time.

TRAINOR: ...

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Approval for New Coney Island Plan Expected

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The City Planning Commission is expected to approve the administration's rezoning proposal for Coney Island this morning. It would create a city-owned amusement park in an area where privately owned parks are dying. But as WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports, the rezoning process is the easy ...

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What's a Recovery Zone?

Thursday, June 11, 2009

NYC Economic Development Corporation

NYC Economic Development Corporation

Which neighborhoods in the city are economically distressed enough to warrant an extra boost for real estate developers?

From the look of the map above, the Bloomberg administration apparently thinks pretty much ...

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17-Story Tower Going Up In DUMBO

Thursday, June 11, 2009

A new 17-story tower will now become part of the Brooklyn Skyline, next to one of the most famous landmarks in the city. The City Council yesterday approved a controversial building that will be built near the Brooklyn Bridge on the Brooklyn side by a ...

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Frank Gehry Out of Rest of Yards Too

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Days after marquee architect Frank Gehry was dropped as the architect of a new Brooklyn Nets Basketball arena, WNYC has learned the architect won't be involved in other parts of the complex either. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

REPORTER: Just two years ago, developer Forest City Ratner ...

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Developing News

Monday, June 08, 2009

WNYC reporter Matthew Schuerman updates news about real estate around the city -- from Atlantic Yards to the Highline.

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Park in the Sky Opens This Week

Monday, June 08, 2009

The first portion of the High Line Park will open to the public tomorrow. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: The High Line will be a public park. But it's uniqueness has attracted a lot of private money. Fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg and media executive ...

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