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A Community Plan for the 'Highway to Nowhere'

May 29, 2008

Image from Pratt Center for Community Development North of Westchester Avenue, where the Sheridan now runs on grade, the Community Plan would create 1,200 new homes with retail and community space


The Blending of Church and Real Estate

May 19, 2008

Images from FlAnc NovarePromotional renderings of the Novare luxury condos, formerly Washington Square Methodist church. In the very different Greenwich Village of the 1960s, Washington Square Methodist Church was so active


Can New York Avoid a Foreclosure Crisis?

May 08, 2008

A decade ago, the Queens Supreme Court handled about 300 or 400 foreclosures a year. In 2007, that number soared to more than 7,500 foreclosures, and the court is on


Stated Meeting: Harlem Rezoning Approved

May 05, 2008

Harlem's low-story buildings and epic institutions will now get a so-called facelift -- at least in the view of city officials and some developers -- as the City Council approved


Real Estate Slump Hits New York

Apr 28, 2008

Gotham Gazette image by Ya-Hsuan HuangSeveral high-profile construction projects are now up in the air. In recent years, few issues have divided residents of downtown Brooklyn more than the $4 billion,


Reclaiming the City's Abandoned Land

Apr 28, 2008

Photos (cc) Heather RasleyAbandoned industrial land in Bushwick, one of 17 NYC neighborhoods receiving Brownfield Opportunity Area funds Some of New York's least friendly spaces -- its brownfields -- hold the


Is the Long-term Sustainability Plan Sustainable?

Apr 21, 2008

PlaNYC could benefit from more collaboration in the planning process. Mayor Michael Bloomberg's unprecedented long-term sustainability plan for New York City, PlaNYC2030, is a year old. But the failure (at least


As City Grows, Affordable Housing Shrinks

Apr 21, 2008

Photo (cc) Paul GoyetteAffordable housing is becoming harder to find across the board. As New York City grows, it will need more affordable housing. A city cannot be truly sustainable


Fiber Optics: Bringing the Next Big Thing to New York

Apr 16, 2008

Images from Adrienne Serra and timetrax23 via (cc). Negotiations continue on a plan to create a city-wide, high-speed fiber optic network. On April 15, after months of negotiations, Verizon announced it would