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WNYC News

This $90M View Could Slice into Your Sunshine

Monday, April 14, 2014

WNYC

A growing coalition of preservationists and neighbors want the city to protect Central Park from shadows emanating from the new super slim towers rising around 57th street.

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WNYC News

De Blasio's Creative Plan to Fix Affordable Housing

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

WNYC

The city could start requiring developers to set aside up to 30 percent of new construction for affordable units.

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WNYC News

De Blasio Strikes Deal For Domino Site

Monday, March 03, 2014

WNYC

At the last minute, the Domino Sugar deal moves the needle on affordable housing. Originally, the developer had promised 100,000 less square feet of affordable space.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Monday Morning Politics: Domino, Charters, de Blasio and More

Monday, March 03, 2014

Dana Rubinstein, Capital New York political reporter, and Errol Lewis, NY1's host of Road to City Hall, set the week in local politics, from Bill de Blasio's counter-proposal for the Domino Sugar development, his moves to close some charters schools, and more.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Development Deals; Hannukah in the U.S.; Lying

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Development projects are making their way through the approval pipeline in the final weeks of Mayor Bloomberg’s last term before Bill de Blasio takes office. Charles Bagli of The New York Times talks about the process and why developers are trying to get deals firmed up before the change in City Hall. Plus: your calls on the nature of Hannukah in the United States and how you celebrate the holiday; neuroscientist Sam Harris on his new essay on lying and the harmful deception in our society; and calls from shop owners promoting themselves to other listeners ahead of this weekend’s “Small Business Saturday.”

The Brian Lehrer Show

Rushed Development Deals

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

In 2009, Michael Bloomberg said that zoning was perhaps his biggest legacy. In the final months before he leaves office, the mayor has worked furiously to complete or jump-start development deals. Charles Bagli, New York Times reporter, discusses the various projects around the city, and their lasting impact.

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WNYC News

Residents Say High-Rise Has No Place Near Brooklyn Bridge

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Residents of the South Street Seaport area voiced strong opposition Tuesday evening to a proposed redevelopment plan that would result in a high-rise in the neighborhood.

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WNYC News

Lawmakers Increase Push for Affordable Housing at Atlantic Yards

Friday, November 15, 2013

Affordable housing at Atlantic Yards is receiving increased focus from lawmakers.

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WNYC News

Building Under Bloomberg, and De Blasio

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Call it the countdown for Bloomberg's building era. The City Council has blocked Mayor Bloomberg's plan for Midtown East rezoning, and that is not the only major development the mayor has backed that he won't be in office to see through. Daniel Geiger, a reporter with Crain's New York Business, said the failure of that project must be a major disappointment. But failed projects are more the exception than the rule for the Bloomberg Administration. Now the question turns to what developments mayor-elect Bill de Blasio might put his stamp on, like affordable housing.

"People are really interested to see A, what he will do to incentivize this construction, and B, where is he going to build it," Geiger said.

To hear the full conversation with Geiger, click on the audio player.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: Private Money for Public Good

Friday, October 25, 2013

It's Housing and Urban Development Week on the Brian Lehrer Show's election series "30 issues in 30 Days." See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.

Vicki Been, director of the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at NYU, and Steven Spinola, president of the Real Estate Board of New York, discuss to what extent the city government should rely on private money for public amenities like affordable housing, more parks, and open space.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Gambling in NY; Robert Gibbs; Legal Realism; Density in NYC; New Words

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

There's a ballot referendum in New York about whether to allow seven new casinos in the state. Find out the pros and cons. Plus: former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs; Judge Richard Posner on legal realism; New York Times reporter Charles Bagli on density and development in NYC; and new neologisms.

New Jersey News

Booker Touts a "Construction Boom" in Newark... Do the Numbers Back it Up?

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

WNYC

On Cory Booker’s campaign trail you’ll hear that Newark is in the midst of an economic and construction boom.

“Where now one of the most commonly seen birds in Newark is the crane,” Booker said at a recent event. But some economists say the numbers don’t back up claims of an economic revival. 

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WNYC News

Four Decades After Urban Renewal, Massive Development Planned for Lower East Side

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The city unveiled plans Wednesday to redevelop 1.65 million square feet in the Lower East Side, spread across nine city-owned lots. The project, known as Essex Crossing, calls for 1,000 units of mixed-income housing as well as retail, office, school and park space. There are also plans to open an Andy Warhol museum.

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WNYC News

Barclays Developer Beats Out MSG in Nassau Coliseum Bid

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The developer of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn was chosen to redevelop Nassau Coliseum on Long Island. Nassau Events Center is an affiliate of Forest City Enterprises, the company that's also developing the massive Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn. NEC beat out the owners of Madison Square Garden, who also bid for the Coliseum project.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Changes in Suburbia

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Leigh Gallagher, Assistant Managing Editor of Fortune Magazine  and author of The End of Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving (Portfolio, 2013), explains why since the recession more Americans are opting out of the suburbs for car-free city life. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Beach for Lower Manhattan: Good Idea?

Thursday, August 01, 2013

On Monday, Mother Jones reporter Kate Sheppard was on The Leonard Lopate Show to talk about how coastal communities along the East Coast – including New York City - are adapting to rising sea levels and the ongoing threat of repeated floods. In her article “Under Water,” Sheppard wrote that, although Hurricane Sandy might have been a “100-year flood,” city officials have been repeatedly warned that global warming and rising water levels leave New York increasingly susceptible to major amounts of flooding.

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Transportation Nation

D.C. Unveils Plans to Reduce Mandatory Parking Minimums

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

WAMU

District officials say it's a good compromise between car owners and the city's goal to be less car dependent. The plan: where transit is readily available, developers should construct 50 percent less parking.

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WNYC News

Public Housing Residents Worry About Future at Hearing

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Hundreds of public housing residents waited in long lines to attend a hearing on the future of their developments. Among their chief concerns was a plan to develop luxury housing within eight New York City Housing Authority properties.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Power of Cities

Thursday, June 20, 2013

This interview originally aired live on June 20, 2013. An edited version was re-aired on August 9, 2013 as part of a special episode of The Brian Lehrer Show. 

Do we need to become a country of "trains, trees, and towers?" Vishaan Chakrabarti, director of Columbia University's Center for Urban Real Estate (CURE) and author of the new book A Country of Cities: A Manifest for an Urban America, discusses why he thinks "density is destiny", and how cities can solve the world's major problems. 

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The Takeaway

Scotland Takes On Donald Trump

Friday, March 29, 2013

Donald Trump is no stranger to controversy, and now he's courting it overseas. The real estate mogul has been engaged in a years-long battle with the residents of the Scottish city of Aberdeen, but now the project has hit another snag.

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