Matthew Schuerman

Editor, WNYC

Matthew Schuerman appears in the following:

Public Housing Hunts for Cash

Friday, May 30, 2008

The head of the New York City Housing Authority says real estate developers may one day build market-rate housing on parking lots in public housing complexes.

Tino Hernandez told the City Council that selling or leasing the land would be one way to balance the ...


Budget Woes Force Housing Authority to Delay Projects

Thursday, May 29, 2008

The city's housing authority said that budget problems have been forcing it to put off capital projects that would modernize and improve public housing developments.

General Manager Douglas Apple told the City Council today that for the past eight years, the New York City Housing Authority ...


MTA Defends Lifetime EZ Passes for Board Members

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is going to court to defend the right of its board members to receive lifetime EZ Passes that permit them to avoid paying bridge and tunnel tolls. The announcement came a day after Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said the free EZ ...


Amtrak Seeks to Add Capacity at Penn Station

Saturday, May 24, 2008

The proposed overhaul of Penn Station may not just be about improving the passenger experience. It may actually be about increasing the number of passengers who pass through the facility.

REPORTER: Amtrak says that it has been studying how to add train tracks and platform space ...


On the Streets of Chinatown, Hunting for City Parking Placard Abuse

Friday, May 23, 2008

The mayor made headlines last month when the city announced it had slashed the number of parking placards it issues by more than 30 percent. City employees put these permits on their dashboards in order to park in certain restricted zones, such as those reserved ...


MTA Approval Expected for Rail Yards Developer

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The full Metropolitan Transportation Authority board is expected to approve the new buyer for the West Side rail yards at a special meeting today.

The proposed developer, The Related Companies, has already signed a preliminary agreement and deposited $11 million in escrow - which will be ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...