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Rogue Brooklyn Building Demolition Stirs Furor and Questions About City Oversight

A developer — undeterred by more than $68,000 in fines for violating asbestos safety rules — knocked down half a house in Prospect Lefferts Gardens before authorities intervened. Neighbors say their health is at risk.

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Keeping the Faith: South Bronx Church Moves Into New Home After Developer Fight

Pastor Felix Gross last year thought he had been swindled out of his congregation’s property by developers just looking to make a buck. But they shook hands, buried the hatchet — and opened the new worship space for the flock.

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Staten Island Building Bust Makes New Breed of Candidates Skeptical of Big Real Estate

Some office-seekers in the city’s most conservative borough are targeting development plans after megaprojects with Manhattan views get mired in delays and flops. The disputes echo issues playing out in Council races across the city.

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Crown Heights Armory Project Towers Over Brooklyn Council Race Roiled By Development Backlash

Candidates pile on to bash term-limited Laurie Cumbo for her support for real estate development in a rapidly gentrifying district — including a leading contender who used to work for her.

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Embattled Cuomo Pushes Skyline-Altering Penn Station Real Estate Plan as Critics Mobilize

Despite a barrage of scandals plaguing his administration, Gov. Cuomo is flexing muscle to keep a major development scheme in Midtown on track. The mega-project has met little opposition — until recently. State budget negotiations could be key.

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Crown Heights Botanic Garden-Shadowing Developer Unveils Shorter Alternatives — With Little or No Affordable Housing

Continuum Company says it can build 500+ luxury condominiums without any additional clearances. It’s also offering to scale down the project and its affordable housing, but garden tenders say the threat of harm to plants still looms large.

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Stuck Waterfront Ferris Wheel Plan Takes Center Stage in Staten Island Political Races

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NYC Needs to Build its Way Out of the Pandemic Recession Hole, Stringer Says

The comptroller and mayoral candidate calls on de Blasio to resume affordable housing and school construction, along with infrastructure overhauls to boost the economy — even if it means borrowing big bucks.

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Queens Elevator Company Pushes Button on New Zoning Option in Bid to Keep Manufacturing Jobs in NYC

Developers can now apply for a special permit that allows some commercial buildings to gain offices and retail — as long as industrial space is set aside. Here’s how that’s playing out for a longtime manufacturer in Long Island City.

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Developer Scraps Industry City Expansion Amid Growing Opposition, Becoming Amazon II

The move came after four members of Congress representing parts of Brooklyn joined the opposition to the massive Sunset Park rezoning plan.

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Competing Visions Cloud the Future of Brooklyn’s Industry City as Expansion Plan Reaches City Council

A crucial hearing is set for Tuesday, with Council members split as Speaker Corey Johnson stays mum. Supporters point to promises of jobs — including positions for locals — while foes fear displacement of Sunset Park residents.

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Embattled Two Bridges Towers Gets Appeals Court OK — But Two More Cases Await

The developers behind the multi-site Lower East Side venture scored a win in one lawsuit but remain mired in dual legal battles with local residents and activists.

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Planners’ Green Light for Industry City Expansion Puts Council Speaker Corey Johnson in the Hot Seat

Brooklyn Councilmember Carlos Menchaca opposes the Sunset Park waterfront project. But some elected officials and business leaders are pushing a Council showdown after City Planning OKs the plan.

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Blow to Industry City Expansion Makes Waves Beyond Brooklyn Waterfront

Councilmember Carlos Menchaca’s move against project buoys opponents as business leaders navigating post-Amazon seas turn to Speaker Corey Johnson for help. 

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De Blasio Starts Remote Land Use Review to Thaw Frozen Development Process

New Yorkers will get to weigh in online as the City Planning Commission gets back work next month. It’s unclear, though, which of 24 stalled projects will get the first look.

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NYC Developers Push to Jump-Start Public Review of Key Construction Projects

Many proposals, from Brooklyn rezoning to new plans for Queens Amazon site, are frozen. The city will decide who goes first based on help for pandemic recovery and racial inequality.

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Staten Island’s Spinning Its Wheels on Stalled $1 Billion Waterfront

The New York Wheel is stuck. Empire Outlets is half empty and key projects are delayed. Meanwhile, the S.I. Yankees could be out — and rugby could be in.

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Home Developer in Street Fight Over Plans for Former Catholic Retreat on Staten Island

Builders say a recent bureaucratic roadblock is the result of political pressure from Staten Island Borough President Jimmy Oddo, who renamed streets to taunt them.

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Locals’ Lawsuit Slams Flushing Waterfront Development Project

The city’s real estate review process has been stalled for months, but now Queens activists are looking to block a proposal that could bring hotels, offices and luxury apartments to the banks of the Flushing River.

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Amazon Warehouse Packers Say They’re Jammed onto Staten Island Buses

Workers call on the retail giant to provide shuttle transportation so they can socially distance. They’re also seeking more service from the MTA.