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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CHURCH MOVES CLOSER TO LANDMARK

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West Park Presbyterian Church is one step closer to achieving landmark status, but its reverend says the deteriorating building may be sold. The City Planning Commission voted unanimously March 9 to make the century-old church a landmark. The City Council will now hold a public hearing on the designation and will have a final vote [&hellip
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MENDING FENCES

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Straphangers, take heart—the city has not forgotten the 10-foot section of fence outside the No. 1, 2 and 3 lines at West 72nd Street that was damaged after a taxi crashed there last summer. A temporary barricade has been erected outside the south section of the subway entrance, between West 71st and 72nd streets along [&hellip
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Remembered for a Twinkle in His Eye

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Rabbi Haskel Besser, spiritual director of Congregation B’Nai Israel Chaim, was known throughout the Upper West Side Jewish community as someone who always had a smile on his face. “He would always encourage me in my work and make a point to compliment me,” said Rabbi Shlomo Kugel, a colleague of Besser’s who is now [&hellip
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