October 25, 2019 – Weekly News Roundup

October 25th, 2019

Manhattan Community Board 8, in symbolic vote, strikes down proposed expansion of Lenox Hill Hospital - PIX 11

Lenox Hill Hospital expansion blasted by Upper East Siders - Curbed NY

Central Park to get first statue honoring women - ABC News

Women Who Are Breastfeeding Will Now Be Exempt From Jury Duty In New York - NY State of Politics

NYC’s congestion pricing program moves forward as MTA picks company to install tolling tech - Daily News

City worker fatally run over by co-worker near Gracie Mansion - NY Post

State Census Funds Held Up by Cuomo Administration -NY1

Police Officers Union Launches Campaign to Defeat NYPD Oversight Ballot Measure - Gotham Gazette

Their Land Became Part of Central Park. They’re Coming Back in a Monument. - NY Times

Manhattan Genius - Our Town

Do New Yorkers Know About the Ballot Questions They Can Answer This Fall? - Gotham Gazette

Opinion The Candidate That Wins Should Get At Least Half The Votes - Gotham Gazette

Naftali accused of violating zoning laws at UES development - The Real Deal

"Between the co-op [at 39 East 79th Street] and the proposed tower, there is just 10 feet of space — an amount that falls short of state law and local zoning requirements that call for space between multiple residential buildings located on the same tax lot to provide enough light and air, the filing states. [...] The lawsuit was not the only challenge filed against the project. In May, urban planner George Janes filed an appeal of the project’s zoning diagram..."

Opinion: State Health Department Must Reject Unneeded, Burdensome Luxury Hospital Expansion - Gotham Gazette

"...many New Yorkers are unaware that Northwell also needs approval from the State Department of Health before it can proceed with any expansion of Lenox Hill Hospital. [...] The bottom line here is that if the State Department of Health follows its mandate to serve the healthcare needs of all New Yorkers and takes a thoughtful approach to evaluating these types of proposals, it has no choice but to reject Northwell’s plan and compel the institution to rethink its approach.

Sweeping LLC law surprised even legislators - The Real Deal

"State Senator Liz] Krueger admitted that when she read a memo saying the bill would require LLC owners to identify themselves in transactions involving one- to four-unit buildings, she thought it would simply codify measures already in place in New York City and apply them statewide. [...] 'We can’t continue to develop half-a-billion-dollar projects if we’re going to be required to disclose the identity of anybody who has touched it,' [Stuart Saft, a partner at Holland & Knight] said."

Target Opens on UES - Our Town

" Located at 1201 Third Ave., at 70th Street, the superstore is 23,000 square feet, two floors and in the mid-1900s was formerly an FBI headquarters."

A Guide To The 5 Ballot Questions That Could Change The City Charter - Gothamist

Council Bill on Commercial Leases in Limbo as Evidence of Vacancy Problem Grows - City Limits

Cummings replacement: Carolyn Maloney named acting chairwoman of House Oversight committee - Washington Examiner

The End Of The 'Lobster Trick' And The Slow Death Of Overnight NYC Tabloid Journalism - Gothamist

De Blasio Administration Expands Benefits of Rent Freeze Programs - CityLand

"On September 18, 2019, the de Blasio administration released guidance regarding renter rights under the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act. [...] Prior to the Housing Act, a landlord could choose to raise a preferential rent to the legal rent at the end of the lease, even if the lease was being renewed. Eligible New Yorkers under Rent Freeze Programs could freeze their rent at the legal rent, but not the preferential rent. Due to the passage of the Housing Act, rents can be frozen at the preferential rates."

Demo Permits Filed For 1209-1213 First Avenue In Lenox Hill - YIMBY

Butcher shop Schaller & Weber continues to expand in NYC and beyond - amNEWYORK

[...] The butcher shop and a Schaller’s Stube are among the vendors in the new Lower East Side food hall Market Line, opening in the Essex Crossing development this fall. Another Stube is slated to open in Downtown Brooklyn’s DeKalb Market Hall next month. Last year, Austin also got an outpost of the sausage bar."

HPD, Elected Officials, Project Partners Break Ground on New Supportive Senior Housing in Mott Haven - CityLand

Betances Residence will have 152 apartments for formerly homeless and low-income senior households across two eight-story residential towers. There will be 22 one-bedroom apartments and 130 studios. Twenty-six units will have a preference for current "NYCHA residents, which will allow senior citizens to continue to age-in-place in the affordable senior housing, freeing up their current NYCHA units to other families. [...] will allow senior citizens to continue to age-in-place in the affordable senior housing, freeing up their current NYCHA units to other families."

City’s Half-Priced MetroCard Program Continues to Expand, But Frustrations Persist City Limits.org

"And as the city gets ready to expand the program’s eligibility requirements this fall and winter, advocates and residents continue to push for it to cover more people, saying access to affordable transit provides myriad benefits and would help reduce fare evasion in the transit system, something MTA leaders have been cracking down on in recent months."

New York's Medicaid on Track for $2.9 Billion Shortfall - Capital Tonight

Trumps Company Wipes His Name from New York City's Skating Rinks That It Runs - NYTimes

NYPIRG : Tuition Hikes Should Lead to More Funding - Capital Tonight

Mayor's Mental Health Response a Weak Dose, Advocates Warn - The City

After Cyclist Deaths, City Adjusts Traffic to Slow Cars - NYTimes

Congestion Pricing Will Look a Lot Like E-Z Pass - City & State

Three Questions That Define School 'Foundation Aid' - City and State

Bus Rides Slowed in Muck of MTA Transit Union Contract Feud - The City

The Fine Print on Your Ballot - Gotham Gazette

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