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Borough President Stringer’s NYU Concessions Fall Short, Critics Say

Written by AlanKrawitz on . Posted in Breaking News, News Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown

In his recent conditional approval of NYU’s 2031 core campus expansion plan, Borough President Scott Stringer was able to take a few items off the massive table. But many local residents, preservationists and politicians still believe the plan is huge, despite its recent reining-in. The revised plan, sent by Stringer to the Department of City [&hellip
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2012 OTTY Awards: Officer who knows community well

Written by AlanKrawitz on . Posted in News Our Town, OTTY Awards, Our Town, Special Sections

By Alan Krawitz It may sound clichéd, but Chris Helms, a community affairs officer with the 19th Precinct, became a police officer in 1994 for all the right reasons. “Before joining the NYPD, I was working in a restaurant waiting tables and bartending while I was going to college,” Helms recalled. “I decided to become [&hellip
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St. Vincent’s Deal Adds School, Saves Building

Written by AlanKrawitz on . Posted in Breaking News, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

Following nearly five years of negotiation, an agreement reached Wednesday by the City Council, Rudin Management and the mayor’s office allows for significant changes to the developer’s plans at the former St. Vincent’s Hospital site. The City Council’s Land Use Committee voted 10 to one in favor of a proposal whose major provisions include shrinking Rudin’s residential development from 450 condo units to 350; [&hellip
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Downtown Democrats Wary of Redistricting Process

Written by AlanKrawitz on . Posted in Breaking News, News Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown

2011-Current-Assembly Say current LATFOR map would weaken area’s representation To many city residents, redistricting, whereby states redraw their political maps every decade to reflect population shifts recorded in the most recent census, is an all- too-complex, seemingly esoteric process best left to political pundits and policy wonks. New York, which has yet to approve redrawn legislative [&hellip
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Community to University: Don’t Overwhelm Our Neighborhoods!

Written by AlanKrawitz on . Posted in Breaking News, Education, News Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown

07_NYU Rally In so many ways, New York University has been a good neighbor and an integral, if not vital, part of the Downtown community. But, when it comes to the venerable school’s ambitious, super-sized building plans, dubbed NYU 2031, which would add four new buildings covering several million square feet within the Washington Square core, many [&hellip
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Buyer for Bialystoker Home Rumored Close

Written by AlanKrawitz on . Posted in Breaking News, Our Town Downtown

slider-buyer Preservationists, residents scramble to secure landmark designation Built in 1929, the historic Bialystoker Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing served residents of the Lower East Side for 80 years before it was put up for sale and ultimately shuttered late last year. The center’s nonprofit owners, Bialystoker Center and Bikur Cholim Inc., claim that mounting debt [&hellip
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