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More Tussles To Come Over 34th Street Redesign in Manhattan

Thursday, March 03, 2011

34th Street in Manhattan. (Flckr creative commons / Photo by: 商店也很多的34街,和第五大道交叉的地方就是帝國大廈。)

(New York, NY - Jim O'Grady, WNYC) Critics of the New York City Department of Transportation's plan to redesign 34th Street won a round yesterday when the city nixed a plan to replace car traffic in the corridor with bus lanes and a pedestrian island.

The plan had called for higher curbs, special bus lanes and bus ticket kiosks on the block between 5th and 6th Avenues. Some business owners said the redesign would've tied up traffic, and made it harder for drivers to shop and for businesses to receive deliveries.

Macy's was among the concerned. Senior vice president Ed Goldberg said he worried the changes to the streetscape would have made it harder to steer giant cartoon balloons up Broadway on Thanksgiving.

"Obviously anything that we do that is an obstruction, be it sidewalk or street, is of concern to us," he said." It's about our one big magic day of the year during the parade."

But others had looked forward to the city's plan to make one block of 34th Street free of cars. Several small store owners said they favored the move because a pedestrian island would've brought more shoppers on foot and made it easier to cross the street in the middle of the block.

Clothing store manager Rossana Rosado said pedestrians needed more space to move around. "There's always a traffic jam out there," she said. "It's impossible for people to get across the street, even, because there isn't a place for pedestrians to cross."

The city's Department of Transportation will present a revised plan for the 34th Street corridor at a public meeting on March 14.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Non-Manhattan Commuting

Friday, February 25, 2011

David Giles, research associate at the Center for an Urban Future, discusses his new report showing that public transportation infrastructure is failing to meet the needs of the outer four boroughs. Population and jobs are growing faster in the outer boroughs, and more people are commuting to places that are not Manhattan than ever before.

If you are an inter-outer-borough commuter, call in and tell us your story. Call in at 10:25 or share your story here!

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WNYC News

Residential Rents on the Increase in Manhattan

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

There's fresh evidence the rental market in Manhattan is rebalancing in favor of landlords.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

5-Borough Reaction to The State of the City

Thursday, January 20, 2011

A roundtable discussion with reporters from across New York City on Mayor Bloomberg's State of the City address, with analysis from:  

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WNYC News

Similar Rates, Fewer Perks for Renters in Manhattan

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

 

Two new surveys of apartment rentals in Manhattan suggest the market has stabilized after a rocky period following the economic meltdown.

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Know Your Neighbor

Jason, The New York Drawer

Monday, December 13, 2010

WNYC

Artist Jason Polan wants to draw every person in New York—literally every person in New York—so he started a project to document his efforts. To see Polan in action, we invited him to WNYC to sketch behind-the-scenes. 

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WNYC News

Number of Apartments for Rent in NYC Rises

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The number of apartments for rent in Manhattan rose in August for the first time in eight months. Real estate broker CitiHabitats said the vacancy rate increased to just over 1 percent. But even as renters had more choice, rents remained unchanged from July. The average monthly cost of a studio was just over $1,800 and just under $2,500 for a one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan.

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Features

Uptown and Downtown Scenes: The Manhattan Mixtape

Monday, August 16, 2010

The artists in our essential Manhattan mixtape were not necessarily born in the borough, but like so many residents, they came here to make it.

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WNYC News

Michael Miscione: Investigating Manhattan's History

Monday, August 16, 2010

WNYC

All this summer, we've been catching up with the five keepers of the city’s past, the historians in charge of studying and preserving the stories of New York’s neighborhoods, all for no pay. This week, in our final installment, WNYC's Kathleen Horan catches up with Manhattan Borough Historian Michael Miscione on the Upper East Side.

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Features

Iconic Kiss Reenacted Ad Nauseum in Times Square

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Public displays of unbridled smooching are now being encouraged in Times Square. Standing beneath a 26-foot sculpture modeled on the iconic photo of the American sailor kissing a nurse on the day known as V-J Day in 1945, visitors are already practicing the art of the kiss.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Times Square Car Bomb Suspect Update

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

We’ll get the latest on the capture of the Times Square car bomber suspect from WNYC’s Bob Hennelly.

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WNYC News

In Case of Emergency, Is Times Sq. Ready?

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

For the hundreds of stores, hotels, companies and theaters that populate Times Square, Saturday's failed car bombing raises the question - are businesses prepared to deal with a real emergency in the middle of one the busiest districts in the world?

Tim Tompkins is president of ...

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WNYC News

As a Hospital Falls, a Fabled Building Is Saved

Monday, May 03, 2010

The demise of Saint Vincent's hospital means that at least one part of its real estate portfolio will be saved: the fabled O'Toole building -- a white scalloped 1960s-era low-rise on Seventh Avenue.

The hospital won special dispensation last year to demolish O'Toole, even though ...

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WNYC News

Man on Video Sought After Times Sq. Bomb Plot Fails

Monday, May 03, 2010

The city could breathe a passing sigh of relief, as the NYPD bomb squad disabled an improvised explosive device in a parked SUV in Times Square over the weekend. Now police are trying to track down the person who left the rigged vehicle with the ...

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WNYC News

Progressive Caucus Emerges From Diverse NYC Council

Monday, March 29, 2010

Last November, several city council incumbents went down to defeat. All totaled, a quarter of the 51 member body includes newcomers. And as WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports, even though the rookies have been in for just a few months, they're already shaking things up.

REPORTER: At ...

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WNYC News

State Judge Blocks NYC's Planned School Closings

Monday, March 29, 2010

Nineteen city schools that were scheduled to close have been spared by a judge’s order. The decision was handed down on Friday. It means the city now has to allow all of the schools to take new students this fall. And since 15 of those ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

New York’s Worst Landlords Roundup

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Ward Harkavy, Senior Editor at the Village Voice talks about the newspaper’s "Ten Worst Landlords" roundup, a two-part profile of the city’s ten worst landlords in New York City, which appears for the first time since 2006. New York's Ten Worst Landlords, Part 1 appeared in ...

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WNYC News

Harlem Housing Complex Auctioned for $125M

Friday, March 12, 2010

One of the city's biggest private housing complexes is changing hands. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more on the foreclosure auction of the Riverton Houses in Harlem.

REPORTER: Before the auction, there was speculation about who might bid and how high the price could go. In the ...

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WNYC News

$657M Settlement for Sickened WTC Responders

Friday, March 12, 2010

After years of fighting in court, lawyers representing the city, construction companies and more than 10,000 ground zero rescue and recovery workers have agreed to a settlement that could pay up to $657.5 million to responders sickened by dust from the destroyed World Trade Center.

WNYC's ...

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WNYC News

Census 2010: A Queens Campaign Seeks to Get Everyone Counted, Including Illegals

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

As part of this year's census, the city has launched the biggest grassroots campaign in history to count immigrants who're here illegally. One focus of the effort is northwest Queens: neighborhoods like Jackson Heights and Elmhurst, where there’s been a surge of new Hispanic immigrants ...

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