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Supporters said the 16-story building proposed for E. 67th Street would make the city a hub for life sciences, bringing progress and jobs. Foes contend the structure would cast shadows over a school and park. The City Council soon gets a key say.
The City Planning Commission okayed plans to rezone the gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood and bring new affordable housing, sending the City Hall-initiated plan to the City Council. Meanwhile, the mayor’s path to revamping SoHo is less clear.
Private sector jobs dropped this summer and the city’s unemployment rate was twice the U.S. average. But bright spots include public sector job growth — and signs that New York women in unions largely kept their jobs, bucking the national "shecession."