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IHOP Opening Third Manhattan Location in Heart of West Village, Effectively Stabbing Village in Heart

May 31, 2012

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There’s one in Harlem and one on East 14th Street, and soon there will be one in the West Village, too, at 80 Carmine Street. The International House of Pancakes has hit the Big Apple, folks, and it looks like it’s here to stay.Last week, Trihop LLC—the tri-state area owner of the pancake house franchise—signed a 49-year lease for the restaurant’s latest location, partner Kevin Salmon of the brokerage firm Salmon and Marshall Real Estate Investments to The Real Deal. The restaurant will be Budakkan big, covering 10,500 square feet: a 3,500 square-foot ground level area, a 1,000 square-foot covered outdoor space, and a 6,000 square-foot lower level. It’s located—surprise—in a new 10-story condo building. (Click here to read more)

Just How Suburban Is Manhattan These Days?

June 1, 2012


Is New York City becoming more suburban? Or is that just what The New York Times wants you to think?

The Times was chock full of ‘burb-centric articles this past Thursday, but the two that stood out the most were Jesse McKinley’s swan song to urban Manhattan and Bob Tedeschi’s 1,272-word tale about resurfacing his wooden deck.

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Harlem Is Skeptical—Thinks Yet Another 125th Ave Development Will Fail

June 4, 2012

Donna Summer Remembered At The Apollo Theater

Promises: they’re easy to make, but hard to keep. Just ask the residents and landowners of West Harlem.

For the last five years, a number of developments have been proposed along 125th Street, but most have fallen through. Take, for instance, Vornado Realty Trust’s ambitious plans for a 600,000-square-foot office building on the corner of Park Avenue that would have housed Major League Baseball’s new television network. That building never materialized, nor did a later development, planned on the same site, for a high-rise that included a Marriott hotel.

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The Manhattanization of The Brooklyn Brownstone Means Red Hook is Hotter Than Ever

June 4, 2012


Christabel Gough, the secretary for the Society for the Architecture of the City and a resident of the Greenwich Village Historic District, has a simple, to the point message for New Yorkers: Beware. Manhattanization, she warns, is growing, encroaching on historical neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs. It is the real estate equivalent of kudzu and Brooklyn, Ms. Gough says, is the next victim. Yet unlike it’s leafy cousin, Manhattanization cannot be eradicated with sheep.

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Pols and Patrons Plead: Don’t Cut the Parks Department

June 5, 2012

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Early this morning, a handful of city park advocates, a trio of council members, and a smattering of curious onlookers gathered on the steps of City Hall to talk parks, budget cuts and leafy green things.

“Funding for our parks must be restored,” cried City Councilmember Brad Lander, who was joined at the rally by park-loving compatriots Melissa Mark-Viverito and James Oddo.

The last few years have not been kind to the Department of Parks and Recreation, which has been the victim of a number of heavy-handed budget cuts since 2008. This year, the Parks Department faces a proposed budget cut of $33.4 million that, if approved, would lead to a cumulative loss of $62 million in funding—or 17 percent—over the last five years.

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Goodbye Parking Garages: Proposal Aims To Reduce Off-Street Parking Requirements in Downtown Brooklyn

downtownbrooklyn-300x278There’s a reason why public transportation exists: so that people don’t have to use cars. Downtown Brooklyn residents have long accepted this reality of urban living and it appears that the Department of City Planning has too.

At Monday’s  City Planning Commission meeting, DCP unveiled their latest proposal: a plan to reform Downtown Brooklyn’s off-street parking requirements. The oh-so-creatively titled Downtown Brooklyn Off-Street Parking plan would reduce the current zoning requirements for parking in new developments from availability for 40 percent of residential units to 20 percent.

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Hotelier Gets Claustrophobic With Tomb-like Rooms

TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Natalie HUET, USWe are as fond of baby animals and those brightly-colored mini food erasers as much as the next person. But our affections are decidedly more muted when it comes to small hotel rooms. Certainly there’s something cute about the teensy spaces, but it’s one of those you-won’t-know-until-you-try-it kind of things. And we’re not sure that we want to try it.

That said, tourists will have more opportunities than ever before. BD Hotels, the developer responsible for opening the first tiny hotel (or pod—if you want to put a positive spin on it) in Manhattan in 2007, is opening up a new location in Murray Hill, reports The New York Times. The 366-room hotel, Pod 39, will be slightly larger than its Midtown East sibling, Pod Hotel, and it will have more amenities. (Click here to read more)

Give Us Your Tired, Your Weary Buildings: Ellis Island Named to Endangered Building List


Ellis Island Hospital Complex To Be RestoredPlants and animals aren’t the only things that are endangered—buildings are, too! Or so says the National Trust for Historic Preservation.


And although the number of endangered historic buildings is nowhere close to the whopping 2,000 endangered plant and animal species, endangered anything is never a good thing, which is why the Trust releases a list of the top 11 endangered historic buildings each year.


Since the annual list was started 25 years ago, only seven New York sites and buildings have been classified as endangered—thanks to the city’s Landmarks Law, in part—though that seventh was just added this year.They are: Brooklyn’s industrial waterfront, the Hudson River Valley, John Coltrane’s Huntington ranch house, the Peach Bridge Neighborhood in Buffalo, certain turn-of-the-century buildings in Harlem, the Lower East Side, and this year’s addition, the Ellis Island Hospital Complex. (Click here to read more)

Jaded! Williamsburg Still Waiting for the City to Build Its Promised Park on the Waterfront

2033883615_eef51f0e0c_zWilliamsburg residents are pissed, enraged, and furious—and not just because the Foster the People Summerstage show is sold out. No, this is a problem with a park on this side of the river, namely one the city has refused to build.

“I feel like the city has let us down,” Laura Treciokas, co-chairwoman of the Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park told DNAonfo. She likes to take her one-year-old child to the park, she said, adding that they are “avid users of park space.” But, because the city has still not rezoned a 30 acre open waterfront space, which they pledged to turn it into a park in 2005, Ms. Treciokas complains that “what exists is very crowded” and going to the park is now “tough.” (Click here to read more)

Going to the Dogs: More and More Apartments Have Pooch-Pampering Amenities

Pooch Hotel Hollywood Grand OpeningIf The Observer were an oracle, we’d prophesize this: dogs will one day take over the world. First, they’ll get the right to vote. Then they’ll run for office. Next will come the wars and eventually human beings will become their bitches (open to interpretation).

But perhaps we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Perhaps we got a little too excited about last week’s science-fiction-themed New Yorker.

We hope this is the case but one thing’s for sure: dogs have increasingly more sway in society. And we don’t just mean with entrepreneurs or boutique owners. They’ve now got developers and building managers clasped between their furry paws, too. (Click here to read more)

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