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Matthew Schuerman

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Developer's Donation Raises Eyebrows

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn was approved more than a year ago and is already under construction, but its developer just gave an unusually large political donation to New York state democrats.

WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

Forest City Ratner gave more than $58,000 to the Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee last month.

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New Plan for Former Deutsche Bank

Friday, February 08, 2008

REPORTER: Instead of removing contaminants and dismantling the structure at almost the same time, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation will start with the asbestos abatement.

Then, after returning for more approvals, it will demolish the structure.

Catherine McVay Hughes, vice chairwoman of Community Board 1, says the decision and its approval by ...

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Huge Crackdown on the Gambino Organization

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Law enforcement officials cracked down on the Gambino crime family this morning like they never have before unsealing indictments that charge 62 people with murder, attempted murder, racketeering and illegal gambling.

REPORTER: Prosecutors say that the Gambino organization extorted hundreds of thousands of dollars from the construction industry through a widespread ...

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New Domino Plan Criticized

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

REPORTER: The extra floors could add 60 or 70 luxury apartments to the landmarked building that would help pay for the expensive renovation.

It would also pay for hundreds of affordable apartments elsewhere in the New Domino project.

After a hearing at the Landmarks Preservation Commission yesterday, Lisa Kersavage of the Municipal ...

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Congestion Pricing Plan Approved, Critics Remain

Friday, February 01, 2008

REPORTER: Mayor Bloomberg's plan to charge drivers to enter certain parts of Manhattan now goes to the City Council and possibly, the state legislature for approval.

Yesterday, a slightly altered version of the proposal got the overwhelming support of a state commission.

Westchester Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, a Democrat, was 1 of 2 ...

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Big Loss for Atlantic Yards Opponents

Friday, February 01, 2008

A federal appeals court ruled eminent domain can be used to acquire property for the residential complex and sports arena.

The ruling leaves the 14 plaintiffs with one final option: to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to take on their case. They are hoping the justices will jump at the chance ...

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Congestion Pricing Vote Expected Today

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Nine months ago, Mayor Bloomberg proposed a congestion pricing system that would charge drivers to enter central Manhattan on weekdays.

This afternoon, the state’s Traffic Congestion Mitigation Commission will likely endorse some variation of that plan. Then, the City Council takes up the issue, followed by the state legislature, where opposition ...

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Plans Weighed for Pier 40

Thursday, January 31, 2008

REPORTER: The Related Companies wants to build a permanent home for Cirque du Soleil on the Houston Street Pier.

But, Greenwich Village parents have countered with their own plan to keep the pier pretty much as it is - only adding an art gallery and parking spaces that are there now.

The ...

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Congestion Pricing Plan Passes State Panel

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg's proposal to charge drivers an eight dollar fee to enter Midtown and Lower Manhattan overwhelmingly won the approval of a state commission charged with reviewing it, and other traffic-calming options.

The commission made changes to the mayor's original plan, including shrinking the fee zone. It now goes to ...

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Stuck in Park

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

WNYC reporter Matthew Schuerman and Diana Taylor, chairperson of the Hudson River Park Trust, talk about Hudson River Park's difficult rebuilding process.

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MTA To Revise Transit Hub Plans

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The Fulton Street Transit Center in lower Manhattan is more than $300 million over budget, due to inflation in the construction industry.

Yesterday, MTA officials said they would take the next 30 days to redesign the station and lower the cost. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

The options available to the MTA are ...

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Developer Withdraws from Hudson River Pier Project

Friday, January 25, 2008

A developer who won a hard fought battle to turn a Pier on the Hudson River into a catering hall and exhibit space has withdrawn.

Almost three years ago the Witkoff Group was designated the preferred developer for Pier 57 at West 15th Street. A spokesman said that the company changed ...

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Work Can Finally Restart at Ground Zero

Thursday, January 24, 2008

REPORTER: The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation is waiting for the EPA to approve a new deconstruction plan.

Under sharp questioning from Queens Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., the state official in charge of redeveloping the World Trade Center site, Avi Schick, set a December deadline to dismantle the contaminated building.

VALLONE: The fact ...

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Spitzer Looks to Javits for Extra Funds

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

REPORTER: One way Governor Spitzer wants to raise money for next year's budget is to sell off land on the north and south sides of the Javits Convention Center.

The state had purchased that land to expand the center, on Manhattan's west side. But it has scaled back that plan dramatically.

Kathy ...

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Crowds Turn Out In Defense of Village

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

REPORTER: Last night, more than 400 people attended the first public hearing on a plan by St. Vincent's Hospital to sell off half of its Greenwich Village campus.

A private developer would demolish the complex on the eastern side of 7th Avenue to make way for a 21-story condominium tower.

St. Vincent's ...

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NJ Transit Plans for a Two-Track Hudson River Tunnel

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Big plans are underway to make Penn Station a better place for commuters to come and go. But just a block away, New Jersey Transit is planning another station that would be 175 feet underground. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

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Lawmakers Still Unsure of Congestion Plan

Thursday, January 17, 2008

REPORTER: Cautious hesitation seemed to be the theme for elected leaders at yesterday's public hearing on congestion pricing.

Some lawmakers haven't yet made up their minds because they're still unsure of how the proposals will impact their constituents.

Assemblyman Jonathan Bing, from the Upper East Side, says he needs to know what ...

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Contractors Seeks Solutions After Deadly Fall

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

How quick is too quick when pouring concrete?

That's 1 question the city's Contractors Association take up when it meets next week and discusses this week's fatal crane accident in SoHo. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

In New York City, contractors typically take just 2 days to pour concrete for each floor of ...

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Atlantic Yards Opponents Suffer a Defeat

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Opponents of Brooklyn's Atlantic Yards development have suffered another setback. A state judge on Friday rejected a complaint alleging flaws in the environmental review of the planned sports and residential complex. WNYC's Mathew Schuerman reports.

REPORTER: In her decision, Judge Joan Madden at times sympathized with the plaintiffs' arguments. But she ...

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The Search for a New Traffic Plan Continues

Friday, January 11, 2008

The commission currently hunting for a plan to reduce traffic in Manhattan has a tall order to meet over the next 3 weeks. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

The chairman of the panel, Marc Shaw, says that the point is to come up with a plan that will not only reduce ...

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