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Matthew Schuerman

Editor, WNYC

Matthew Schuerman appears in the following:

Artificial Turf Debate in Battery Park City

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The two small playing fields at Battery Park City get used so much that a task force is recommending that they be replaced by artificial turf.

Jeff Galloway, a task force member, says that artificial turf would allow the playing fields to be open much more often than they are now.

GALLOWAY: ...

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New Developer for Far West Side

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

It didn't take long for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to find another bidder to turn the West Side rail yards into a series of high-rise apartment and office towers.

The Related Companies will take over the project - having offered the MTA about as much money as Tishman Speyer had ...

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Execs get Peek at Nets Arena Luxury Boxes

Thursday, May 15, 2008

The Nets begin selling luxury boxes to their arena at Atlantic Yards tonight, and they are hitting the Brooklyn connection hard. They created a promotional video that will be shown to about 130 business executives who get to see a model suite at an open house tonight.

The team says it ...

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Report: Turf Isn't Dangerous

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Artificial turf fields can get very hot, but are unlikely to pose other health risks - that's according to a draft report for the Health Department.

This comes during a nationwide debate over the merits of these fields. Geoffrey Croft, of NYC Park Advocates, says the report underplays the dangers ...

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MTA Restarts Negotiation Process With Bidders

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Now that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's billion-dollar deal with Tishman Speyer has collapsed, the agency is negotiating with the other original bidders to find another buyer for the West Side rail yards.

But, as WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports, the options aren't great.

Of the five original bidders, one company dropped out ...

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Hudson Rail Yards Deal Dead

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Two days of negotiations failed to salvage the $1 billion deal to develop the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Hudson Rail Yards on the Far West Side. Developer Tishman Speyer says it's withdrawing, saying the two parties could not reach an agreement that satisfied both.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which had declared the ...

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Attempts to Revive West Side Development Deal Fail

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The deal to develop the West Side rail yards really is dead. Tishman Speyer has just announced that it is withdrawing from the $1 billion agreement that it tentatively reached in March.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which owns the 26-acre parcel in far west midtown, said last week that it had ...

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Height Limits In Store for Lower East Side Rezoning

Monday, May 12, 2008

Tall, narrow hotels with names like THOR and Blue have sprouted up recently on the Lower East Side, but the Bloomberg administration is striking back.

A rezoning proposal that would cap building heights to about eight stories in most of the neighborhood gets its first airing at a community board hearing ...

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West Side Rail Yards Development Plan Collapses

Friday, May 09, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says its agreement with a company to develop the West Side Rail Yards has collapsed.

But the developer says it still wants to keep the sale together. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

Instead of closing on half of the property now, the MTA says Tishman Speyer insisted on ...

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State Judge Says No To Union Square Restaurant Plan

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

State Supreme Court Judge Jane Solomon has put on hold the Bloomberg administration's plan to construct a restaurant in Union Square Park. She did, however, allow the city to continue its $21 million renovation work on the park's northern pavilion, which will include new restrooms and playgrounds.

The city and a ...

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St. Vincent's Redevelopment Plan Rejected

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Centers will have to revamp its plan to tear down nine buildings in the heart of Greenwich Village; replace them with housing and use the proceeds to modernize its facilities.

A majority of the Landmarks Preservation Commission say they can't support the plan because it doesn't preserve ...

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Atlantic Yards Loses Green Roof for Arena, 2016 Completion Date

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Forest City Ratner, the company developing the 22 acres over Brooklyn's Atlantic railyards , says it needs two more years to finish the massive arena and high rise project. It's pushing back its completion date from 2016 to 2018, this as critics continue to wonder whether developer Bruce Ratner has ...

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Ratner Extends End Date for Atlantic Yards Project

Monday, May 05, 2008

Developer Bruce Ratner is giving himself two more years to finish the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn, from 2016,to 2018, because he's having trouble acquiring the land for the massive project.

Ratner also unveiled a new design for the two buildings and the arena which make up the first phase. ...

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City Looks to Ease Traffic Woes

Monday, April 28, 2008

Tonight, the Transportation Commissioner gives a major speech outlining the city's plan.

WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has this preview.

It was a year ago, right after unveiling congestion pricing, that Mayor Bloomberg chose Janette Sadik-Khan to begin to treat streets as public gathering spaces rather than as mere thoroughfares for traffic.

A former consultant ...

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Building Permit Numbers Drop Sharply

Friday, April 25, 2008

In a sign that the real estate market is slowing, the number of building permits issued to contractors took a precipitous drop. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

The Census bureau reports that the number of residential building permits declined by 46 percent across the five boroughs for the first quarter, compared to ...

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City to Convert Piers into Trade Show Space

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The expansion of the Javits Convention Center is in limbo, but today the city moved forward to increase the amount of trade show space just a few blocks north.

The Economic Development Corporation said Vornado Realty Trust would renovate Pier 94, which is already in use for temporary exhibitions... It will ...

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Calls For More Aggressive Buildings Commish

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The city's Buildings Commissioner, Patricia Lancaster has stepped down after more than six years in that post. While Mayor Bloomberg praised her service, her resignation comes after a series of fatalities on construction sites her agency was supposed to supervise. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: However much Lancaster reformed her ...

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Building Commissioner Resigns

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The city's buildings commissioner has resigned a day after Mayor Bloomberg criticized her agency's performance. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

Patricia Lancaster served Mayor Bloomberg loyally for six years during an unprecedented building boom. She reformed a department that had been significantly scaled back during the Giuliani administration, filling 250 vacant positions, ...

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Willets Point Redevelopment Undergoes Review

Monday, April 21, 2008

For the past four years, Mayor Bloomberg has talked about transforming the Willets Point area of Queens. Today, the City Planning Commission is expected to start the seven-month clock that governs the land use review process. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: The 60-acre area just north of Shea Stadium has ...

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Bronx Little League Team Hopes to Compete

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Little league games are starting this month. Teams in the Fordham-Bedford league in the Bronx are having their opening day next Saturday. One team that hopes to play this year doesn't know if it can take part, because its coach is still struggling to fill out its roster. WNYC's Matthew ...

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