"A new rendering has been revealed for 1230 Madison Avenue, an upcoming 20-story building on the Upper East Side. Located in Carnegie Hill by the the southwestern corner of Madison Avenue and East 89th Street, the site is on the same block as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum..."
"The Department of City Planning (DCP) will explore mandating a minimum lot size for non-residential projects to stop developers who “gerrymander” zoning lots by slicing off slivers to avoid triggering certain regulations. City planning officials will study the tiny, unusable lots that are a byproduct of this practice and the unintended side effects they create for neighborhoods..."
OPINION: How Skyscrapers Can Save the City - The Atlantic
"Besides making cities more affordable and architecturally interesting, tall buildings are greener than sprawl, and they foster social capital and creativity. Yet some urban planners and preservationists seem to have a misplaced fear of heights that yields damaging restrictions on how tall a building can be. From New York to Paris to Mumbai, there’s a powerful case for building up, not out."
"Community Board 8 Manhattan Chair Alida Camp asked that boards like hers, which provide non-binding input on land use matters that require city approval, receive earlier notification and an additional 45 days as part of the process to provide public notice and vote on applications. Camp also said the Mayor has too much power in the rezoning process. “We ask that mayoral zoning overrides be prohibited,” she said."
"In New York, the exteriors of landmarked residences and those in historic districts are protected under the city’s landmark law, but in practice, the commission has been lenient with approving rear alterations except in cases where the back of the buildings are visible to the public. As a result, in a practice known as facadism, an increasing number of wealthy townhouse owners, including speculative investors, have sought to expand their properties..."
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