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Matthew Schuerman

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Hearings on Atlantic Yards Development Continue

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Public hearings on the latest plans for the Atlantic Yards development in Brooklyn continue today. At yesterday's hearing, Bob Zuckerman, who's running to represent a City Council district adjacent to the project's footprint, criticized many of the changes made to the proposal, since it was ...

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MTA Says Tough Times Ahead

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Despite a $2.3 billion bailout from Albany, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it still faces tough times as a result of the recession. Chairman Dale Hemmerdinger says its preliminary budget estimates may turn out to be wrong, if the economy gets worse.

HEMMERDINGER: The takeaway from ...

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Suit Challenges Public Benefits of E. Harlem Development

Monday, July 27, 2009

A group of property owners is challenging the city's right to take their properties for a housing and retail complex on East 125th Street in Manhattan. The East Harlem Media Entertainment and Cultural Center is supposed to be a 1.7 million square foot complex, spread ...

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Port Auth to Move WTC Retaining Wall, Saving $300G a Day

Friday, July 24, 2009

The Port Authority says it's found a way to resolve a situation that was costing it some $300,000 a day.

The authority was supposed to turn over two building sites at the World Trade Center site to developer Larry Silverstein more than a year ago. But ...

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WTC Planners Scout Alt. Location for Performing Arts Center

Friday, July 24, 2009

City and state planners are studying a way to get the performing arts center at the World Trade Center site built more quickly. The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation is considering moving the location from the northern end to the southern end - where the site ...

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Lilly First Tenant in Science Center

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A science complex under construction along the East River got its first official tenant yesterday. The research division of drug company Imclone Systems will take over four floors once the first tower is completed next summer. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: Mayor Bloomberg has said ...

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East River Science Park Gains Anchor Tenant

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg is expected to announce this afternoon that Eli Lilly will become the anchor tenant in the first tower of the East River Science Park.

The science park is being built by a private developer with government assistance at 29th Street and the FDR Drive. ...

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Bloomberg Plans to Keep South Brooklyn's Waterfront Industrial

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg has unveiled a "vision" for the south Brooklyn waterfront, that calls for keeping the 2.5 mile coastline largely industrial, rather than converting it to residential use. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: Bloomberg's spent a lot of his time in office advocating for residential ...

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Coney Island Gets City Council Nod

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The City Council Land Use Committee approved the mayor's plan for Coney Island this afternoon after the administration agreed to guarantee a number of benefits for the neighborhood.

City Council Member Dominic Recchia says the deal calls for more affordable housing than was originally planned and ...

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Silverstein to Resume Negotiation on WTC

Monday, July 20, 2009

Governor Paterson says he's convinced developer Larry Silverstein to return to the negotiating table to resolve a dispute over the financing of office towers he's building at the World Trade Center site. Silverstein wants the Port Authority, which owns the land, to guarantee the loans ...

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New Payment System May Be Coming to MTA

Friday, July 17, 2009

The nominee to become the new MTA chief suggested this week that he'd pursue a new payment system for subways and buses that could potentially replace the MetroCard. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports the MTA has been trying to develop just such a system for years, ...

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City's 'Science Park' Still Without Tenants

Thursday, July 16, 2009



* correction appended

The first tower of the East River Science Park is expected to open next winter at 29th Street and the FDR Drive in Manhattan. But so far, the developer still hasn't signed any leases with prospective tenants. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

The city and ...

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Upzoning in Williamsburg

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

One of Mayor Bloomberg’s lasting legacies, whether or not he goes on to a third, will be his rezonings. He’s undertaken 97 of them, more than any other mayor since 1961. Most of them were actually downzonings in outlying neighborhoods like Canarsie—where the city actually limits building heights or ...

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Stalled Development

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Construction projects are stalling around the city and condos are sitting unoccupied. Your Uncommon Economic Indicators project is rolling out a new map, Halted Development, to pin point where it's happening and we need your help. Click here to tell us about stalled residential construction or unoccupied condos. ...

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Upzoning in Williamsburg

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Just over four years ago, Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council agreed on how to rezone 184 blocks of the Greenpoint and Williamsburg neighborhoods in Brooklyn.

It is just one of 97 rezonings that have taken place during the Bloomberg administration. But it’s also one of ...

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Paterson Nominates New Head of MTA

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Governor Paterson's named his choice to head the MTA: Jay Walder, a McKinsey and Company consultant who already worked a stint at the MTA in the 1980s and 90s. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

This time, Walder will take over the combined positions of chief executive ...

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More People But Not Many More Parks

Monday, July 13, 2009

A rendering of the first part of Bushwick Inlet Park, which is expected to open next year. Greenpoint and Williamsburg residents complain the parks promised with the neighborhood

A rendering of the first part of Bushwick Inlet Park, which is expected to open next year. Greenpoint and Williamsburg residents complain the parks promised with the neighborhood's 2005 rezoning are taking too long to be built.

Mayor Bloomberg has rezoned large parts of the city to make room for population growth, but he's had a hard time creating the open space where these new residents will be able to exercise. WNYC calculated how much more open space the rezonings will provide compared to how many more residents are expected to make those places their homes. It turns out that back in the 1990s, the city developed guidelines for this ratio: all large new developments, they say, should ideally provide 2.5 acres of open space for every 1,000 residents once they are fully built out. (See page 5 of this PDF.) Taken as a whole, the rezonings fail to meet that goal. (Go here for the story we aired this morning on this topic.)

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More People But Not Many More Parks

Monday, July 13, 2009

The City Council approved a rezoning of a 30-block industrial area of the South Bronx, the eighth such large-scale rezoning in the Bloomberg administration. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports that like its predecessors, this plan will increase population while adding little new park space.

REPORTER: Back in ...

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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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