NEW WEBSITE MAKES GOVERNMENT MORE TRANSPARENT
Want to know more about how city officials are spending taxpayers’ money? Now there’s a website that helps you follow the buck. The website, called Checkbook 2.0, was recently released by City Comptroller John Liu. City residents can now see inside New York’s purse and look up department payrolls, capital spending or search the largest checks paid out by the city. (A check to the School Construction Authority, which was paid $99 million for a project in July, is the biggest.) People can even look up financial trends across the city, like average income, and compare those numbers to nationwide patterns. Coming soon to the website: the city’s budget and revenues on view for curious taxpayers.
MICRO-APARTMENT DESIGN WINNER ANNOUNCED
New Yorkers are used to living in tiny apartments, but the shoebox is about to get even smaller. Last week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the winners of the “My Micro NY” apartment design contest. The winning designs, by a team from Monadnock Development LLC, Actors Fund Housing Development Corp. and nARCHITECTS, feature 9-to-10-foot ceilings and somewhere around 300 square feet of space. Almost half of the 55 micro-units, which will be built on East 27th Street, will be available at an affordable price.
“New York’s ability to adapt with changing times is what made us the world’s greatest city,” the mayor said when announcing the winner. “And it’s going to be what keeps us strong in the 21st century.”
The space includes ample storage, a tiny kitchen with a full-size fridge and a living/sleeping area. The building itself is a part of Bloomberg’s program adAPT NYC. Construction will begin in the fall.
CORNELL TECH CAMPUS COMES ONE STEP CLOSER
The proposed high-tech Cornell NYC campus for Roosevelt Island is one step closer to fruition. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer approved the plan last week under a few conditions. The brand-new tech campus is designed to attract students of science and technology and will feature energy-efficient buildings and new degrees like the Master’s of Engineering in computer science. The project, with residential, commercial and academic buildings, is expected to be completed by 2037.
But Stringer did approve the project with some stipulations: He wants to create a community advisory board, expanding the red bus line and expanding the hours of the open campus space.
The new tech campus is part of a citywide plan to help foster New York’s growth as an incubator of technology and innovation.
“The proposed project will have significant benefits to New York City as it will expand our ever-growing tech sector,” Stringer said.
HISTORY BUFFS REJOICE!
The 59th annual Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory at 67th Street and Park Avenue is now under way, and runs until Feb. 3. The show will feature 73 exhibitors with wares from Ancient Rome to mid-century Americana. The show will, as it usually does, benefit the East Side House Settlement in the South Bronx. Tickets are $20. Don’t miss “Young Collectors’ Night” on Jan. 31, featuring cocktails and a private viewing of the show.
FIGHTING HEART DISEASE IN WOMEN
On Friday, Feb. 1, Lenox Hill Hospital is offering free screenings for cholesterol, blood pressure, calcium scores, glucose, BMI and vascular health. Visitors can also sample heart-healthy snacks and check out free yoga demonstrations. At the Einhorn Auditorium, 131 E. 76th St., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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