Matthew Schuerman

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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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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.



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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


Congestion Pricing Not Dead, City Says

Friday, April 18, 2008

Congestion pricing may not be dead yet.

City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan spoke at a conference sponsored by the non-profit Regional Plan Association, says the proposals defeated two weeks ago was not the last word.

SADIK-KHAN: I really don't think that we should be in the business ...


Harlem Re-Zoning Wins Approval in Subcommittee

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The hotly-contested proposed re-zoning of Harlem's 125th Street won the approval of a city council subcommittee, after a local councilwoman got the Bloomberg Administration to make big changes.

REPORTER: Councilwoman Inez Dickens says the city has agreed that almost half of the nearly four thousand apartments ...


Port Authority Wants to Take On Moynihan Station Project

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The head of the Port Authority, Anthony Coscia, says his agency wants to help finance or take over the troubled Moynihan Station project.

Speaking at a Crain's New York breakfast, Coscia says the exact form of that help was up to governors Corzine and Paterson, who ...


MTA to Use Energy Generated by Wind and Tidal Power

Monday, April 14, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will use power generated by the East River and winds off of the Rockaway peninsula in the coming years to reduce its carbon footprint. Officials said today at Grand Central Terminal the ideas came out of a sustainability commission that has ...


Car Crashes into Courthouse Steps Injuring Six

Friday, April 11, 2008

Six people were hurt when a car lost control, jumped a curb and crashed into the steps of a Manhattan courthouse.

REPORTER: The car also hit a bagel cart before stopping a few steps up the grand staircase at 60 Centre Street. Bagels, bananas, and newspapers ...


Lawsuit Filed to Block Randalls Island Project

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Another legal effort has been made to stop the construction of sports fields on Randalls Island.

Several public school parents and East Harlem residents filed a lawsuit in State Supreme Court. Marina Ortiz, an East Harlem activist, says her neighbors would prefer to keep the area ...