All posts by Aaron Ginsburg

Hudson Square, New Developments

All renderings courtesy of Vocon

Hudson Square Properties, a joint venture of Trinity Church Wall Street and Norges Bank Investment Management with Hines, on Tuesday announced the topping out of their new office tower in Hudson Square. Located at 555 Greenwich Street, the 270,000 square-foot, 16-story office tower will eventually connect with the adjacent 345 Hudson to form a single, full-block building. Designed by COOKFOX Architects, the new building will utilize state-of-the-art wellness and sustainability-focused features to reach and exceed New York City’s 2030 climate targets for office buildings by more than 45 percent.

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affordable housing, Bronx, housing lotteries, More Top Stories

Rendering courtesy of the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development

A housing lottery opened this week for 225 mixed-income units at a new residential development just a few blocks from Yankee Stadium. Located at 1164 River Avenue in the South Bronx, the 17-story building is part of a larger residential project known as River Crest Apartments, which will bring nearly 750 units of affordable housing to the block. New Yorkers earning 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, and 80 percent of the area median income, or between $15,429 for a single person and $132,400 for a household of seven people, are eligible to apply for the apartments, which range from $375/month studios to $2,059/month three-bedrooms.

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City Living, Policy, Transportation

Image courtesy of Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office on Flickr

City officials are continuing their efforts to ensure the safety of New Yorkers traveling the streets. Mayor Eric Adams on Saturday announced a historic $904 million investment to help fund the NYC Streets Plan and address the city’s traffic violence problem by creating a safer and more environmentally friendly transportation infrastructure. Over the next five years, the investment will be used to expand bike lanes and bus lanes throughout the city and will be put towards the creation of new pedestrian spaces.

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Events, Greenwich Village, History, Manhattan, Restaurants

NYC’s oldest gay bar honored with historic plaque

By Aaron Ginsburg, Mon, April 25, 2022

All images courtesy of the Village Preservation

The site of a monumental event in the LGBTQ community’s fight against anti-gay discrimination was honored last week with a historic plaque. The Village Preservation and the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project on Thursday unveiled the plaque at Julius’ Bar at 159 West 10th Street. The bar was the site of the first “Sip-In,” an act of defiance in which members of gay rights groups entered the bar and asked to be served drinks while announcing they were homosexuals, going against the discriminatory regulations of the New York State Liquor Authority which at the time prohibited bars from serving gay or lesbian patrons. See more here

affordable housing, Brooklyn, housing lotteries, Williamsburg

Rendering courtesy of the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development

Applications are currently being accepted for 44 low-income units at a new senior-housing development in Brooklyn. Located at 64 Scholes Street in Williamsburg, the 8-story building is dedicated to providing senior residents with affordable housing. New Yorkers earning 60 percent of the area median income, or between $38,263 annually for a single person and $57,300 for a household of two, are eligible to apply for the apartments, which cost $1,041 per month.

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Green Design, Midtown, Policy, Urban Design

NYC finally launches containerized trash bin pilot

By Aaron Ginsburg, Thu, April 21, 2022

Image courtesy of Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office on Flickr

Mayor Eric Adams and Department of Sanitation Commissioner Jessica Tisch on Wednesday unveiled a new containerized waste bin that the city will eventually deploy across all five boroughs in hopes of thwarting rats, making more room on the sidewalks, and improving the overall quality of life for residents. The new bins are part of the city’s Clean Curbs Pilot program, which was announced two years ago. The first bins were installed in Times Square on Wednesday.

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Art, Events, lincoln square, Manhattan, Upper West Side 

The Oasis dance floor, designed by Clint Ramos. Rendering courtesy of Ali Kashfi

A three-month-long festival that aims to bring New Yorkers together through art will take place at Lincoln Center this summer. The first-ever “Summer for the City” will feature 300 events with more than 1,000 artists across 10 outdoor stages. Running between May and August, the festival includes the city’s largest outdoor dance floor, film screenings, and a “speakeasy,” a pop-up bar and performance space in the center’s underground driveway.

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Financial District, Manhattan, Restaurants

Courtesy of The Beekman Hotel

Michelin-starred Chef Daniel Boulud is opening a new restaurant in one of New York City’s most iconic spaces. Located on the ground floor of the Beekman Hotel in the Financial District, Le Gratin will offer a casual dining experience inspired by the bistros of Boulud’s hometown, Lyon, France. The menu will feature classic French and Lyonnais specialties and an extensive wine list with over 100 selections. Guillaume Ginther, former chef of New York’s Le Coq Rico Bistro and Boulud’s Restaurant Daniel, will take up executive chef duties. Boulud’s new restaurant is set to open its doors on May 6; reservations will open on Resy on Thursday.

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Policy

Image courtesy of Jamie Grafton on Flickr

After a massive rally and a threat of a strike, building service workers and landlords have reached a historic agreement. 32BJ SEIU and the Realty Advisory Board (RAB) on April 19 reached a tentative agreement that secures significant wins for building workers, including a nearly 12.6 percent wage increase over the next four years, the highest pay raise in the history of the union. Other victories include a $3,000 bonus for essential workers to counter inflation, 100 percent employer-paid healthcare, and protection of sick leave and paid vacation time. The deal must still be approved by 32BJ members, but the agreement guarantees workers will show up to work as usual on April 21.

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Policy, Transportation

All images courtesy of Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office on Flickr

New York City officials announced plans to allocate millions of dollars to better clean city streets and bike lanes. Mayor Eric Adams and just-appointed Department of Sanitation Commissioner Jessica Tisch on Monday announced an $11 million investment for new street cleaning initiatives and better mobility for the sanitation department. Under the initiative, alternate-side parking will return in full force starting July 5. New Yorkers will have to move their cars twice per week, up from once a week during the pandemic, to clear the way for street sweepers and avoid getting a parking ticket.

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