May 24, 2019 – Weekly News Roundup

May 24th, 2019

New York rent reforms could wind up in omnibus bill bundled with charter school cap and legal weed - Daily News

Advocates Push Charter Commission for Bolder Action on Land Use - City Limits

LPC Releases Guidelines for Storefront Design in Historic Districts - CityLand

NYCHA taps development team to perform $350M renovations, takeover managing properties - The Real Deal

"Deputy Mayor Vicki Been announced that NYCHA tapped Arker Companies, Omni Development, Dabar Development Partners and Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corp. to renovate 2,625 apartments across nine buildings in Brooklyn. The team will upgrade apartments and common areas at these properties and take over day-to-day management of the properties, Been said."

City Cinemas Theater Closes Suddenly On Upper East Side - Patch

"Signs reading "theater closed" and "the end" are posted in the windows of City Cinemas on East 86th Street between Third and Lexington avenues. The marquee that used to display show times is now completely blank. City Cinemas closed on Monday to the surprise of both neighborhood residents and the theater's employees."

Ritzy Madison Ave Saw City's Fastest Retail Rent Drop, Study Says - Patch

Council’s land use committee unanimously approves closing favored loophole of skyscraper developers - The Real Deal

"[...] Assembymember Linda Rosenthal and state Sen. Robert Jackson, who are co-sponsoring a bill in Albany that they claim would tackle the loophole more comprehensively. Their bill would limit void space to no higher than 12 feet per floor after an initial 20 feet and have space for mechanical equipment count toward a building’s height unless it made up less than 5 percent of the property’s total area. Rosenthal said in a statement that the city’s proposal “would do little more than codify the existing loophole [...]"


"The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) formally proposed the new rules on Friday. A HUD internal analysis estimates that some 108,000 tenants in 25,000 “mixed households” nationwide would be targeted. Under current rules, so-called mixed families — where at least one member is undocumented — are allowed to stay in public housing or receive federal housing vouchers as long as other members are eligible."

Commentary: What YIMBYs Get Wrong About Housing - Governing

NYC Ferry’s Brooklyn Navy Yard stop debuts today - Curbed


"[The] report examines the city’s longstanding policy of awarding 50% of affordable apartments to residents who already live in the community district where the building is going up. The lawsuit, filed in 2015, argues that the policy hinders integration of New York neighborhoods. The administration has defended the policy by noting local City Council members, in exchange for supporting affordable housing projects, often seek apartments for their constituents"

Manhattan’s Hotel Wales will stay open until 2020 - New York Post

Maloney bill that would reveal true owners of LLCs gaining support - Town & Village

CB8 member clashes with developer - Our Town

"The Community Board 8 Housing Chair did not buy what a developer was selling last week. On May 14, Gary Barnett, the CEO and founder of Extell Development ...  spoke at the CB8 Housing Committee meeting, where he said he had no plans yet for two First Avenue sites, one between 79th and 80th streets and another between 85th and 86th streets. [....] One of the main suggestions from the committee and residents was a new school at one or both sites. Barnett said he has had ongoing discussions with Council Member Ben Kallos about this issue."

East Side votes funding to parks, tech and more - Our Town

Samvir Sidhu sues over squashed contract to buy Yorkville property - The Real Deal

"Suncore has been working to build an assemblage along First Avenue, according to the complaint, which was filed Monday in New York County Supreme Court. The company went into contract on the 1660 property, which sits between east 86th and 87th streets, in February for $12.5 million...."

Developer Wants Astoria Ferry Route to Include Upper East Side, But City Says Not Until After 2021 - Astoria Post

NYC homeless population drops from historic high - New York Post

"The most recent monthly averages also offer new evidence the city’s homelessness crisis has, at least, plateaued. In April, there were 59,005 people in city shelters on a given night, down from 59,735 in April 2018. However [...] the city is confronting Albany budget trims that shifted $125 million in family aid costs onto the city’s ledger."


$770,000 Was Just Spent on a Playground. Now the City Wants to Raze It. - The New York Times

"[NYCHA] is now planning to raze the playground and build a new residential tower in its place as part of the city’s contentious proposal to replace some public housing buildings with mixed-income private developments to raise money for urgently needed repairs. [A] spokeswoman for Nycha, said the plan has not been finalized, but that it would eventually generate at least $168 million that would be used for repairs at the Fulton Houses."

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