Funding Boost for Amsterdam Addition

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The Amsterdam Addition, a 175-unit, 27-story building constructed in 1974, is virtually indistinguishable from any other public housing under the New York City Housing Authority’s domain. But unlike most federal public housing in the city, Amsterdam Addition, along with 20 other properties, was developed by the city and state. And when the State Legislature cut [&hellip
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'F' For Failing Falafel?

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New Yorkers who enjoy falafel, halal, huaraches or the classic dirty water dog may soon know if their street meat got a passing grade from the city. After the Department of Health required restaurants to post a letter grade following an inspection, East Side Council Member Dan Garodnick wants street vendors to follow suit. “We [&hellip
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Audit: Sloppy Contracting at Dept. of Homeless Services

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Comptroller John Liu dubbed the Department of Homeless Services the “Department of Hand-Shake deals” in an audit released March 25. The agency that has been using properties throughout the city—including a hostel at 237 W. 107th St.—for emergency homeless clients rarely signs contracts with service providers or the buildings’ landlords, the audit found. Payments to [&hellip
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Extell Scales Back Riverside South Plan

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Extell Development Co., the group behind the Riverside South megaproject, followed through with plans to scale back the commercial and residential complex. The developer has tinkered with the plan for more than a year since the public first saw renderings of the proposal in 2008. The latest rendition of the five-building, mixed-use project was shown [&hellip
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The Man Behind The Transit Blog

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During the past four years, Benjamin Kabak has become an expert on all things transit, writing in-depth posts about capital budgets, debt service and shuttered stations on his blog, SecondAvenueSagas.com—all while attending law school at NYU. The Brooklyn resident, who grew up on the Upper West Side, said he became interested in covering Second Avenue [&hellip
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DRUG BUST AT AMSTERDAM HOUSES

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Police arrested 28 people March 16 for selling drugs out of the Amsterdam Houses. The accused dealers peddled marijuana, cocaine, crack and heroin, using five buildings in the complex as a hub for drug trafficking. The 13-building complex, which stretches from West 61st to 65th streets, is near several schools, including Fiorello H. LaGuardia High [&hellip
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TENNIS BUBBLE GETS EAST SIDE QUESTIONS

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The East Side’s community board backed an initial proposal in February 2009 to erect a bubble over the Central Park tennis courts during winter months, but the plan will get an additional review now that more details have been fleshed out. The Manhattan news website DNAinfo first reported Community Board 8’s new concerns about pricey [&hellip
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