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Skylines and Streetscapes: How New York City Physically Changed in de Blasio Era

Supertalls proliferated. Cars gave way to busways. Outdoor dining everywhere. Nine neighborhoods have been rezoned. Here’s how the physical city morphed in the last eight years.

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De Blasio’s SoHo Overhaul OK’d, Clearing Path for Affordable Housing and More Legal Artists’ Lofts

The City Council’s approval of the downtown Manhattan rezoning marked a late-term legacy victory in the mayor’s push to reshape one of the city’s whitest and wealthiest neighborhoods. Meanwhile, opponents fumed, even amid last-minute changes.

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After Gowanus Overhaul and Blood Center Expansion Wins, de Blasio Turns to Reshaping SoHo

The City Council on Tuesday rezoned the Brooklyn neighborhood to create affordable housing, and OK’d plans for a life-sciences research hub on the Upper East Side. But a bigger battle over SoHo looms as the mayor’s term winds down.

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Gowanus Housing Overhaul and Blood Center Expansion Headed for Approval After Council Strikes Deals

Meanwhile, negotiations to bring affordable housing to SoHo and NoHo appeared to be going down to the wire with the clock ticking on de Blasio’s term and his push to diversify city neighborhoods through rezoning.

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From SoHo to Gowanus to the Upper East Side, de Blasio Legacy Projects Hit Crossroads

Plans to rezone parts of Downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn are headed to the City Council Tuesday. So is the NY Blood Center’s proposal to build a life science hub on East 67th Street — a project poised for approval despite the local lawmaker’s objection.

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As Hochul Launches Penn Station Revival Plan, Risky Bets Placed on Office Building Boom

Three of New York’s biggest real estate companies are making billion-dollar wagers that pandemic-spurred remote working will give way to a return to buildings. But can they fill millions of square feet of space amid an office glut?

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Blood Center Expansion Taps Vein of Opposition as Project Heads for Vote

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.

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Gowanus Could Become More Diverse After Rezoning, Racial Impact Study Finds

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SoHo’s Big Test: Can Lower Rents Lure Back Stores and Tourists?

As the city’s economic reopening accelerates, the future of retail in Manhattan — especially in key business and tourist areas — remains unclear. Some clues of what’s to come might be found in a shop that specializes in slime.

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De Blasio Bets Legacy on SoHo and Gowanus Overhauls as He Mounts Last Land Stand

City Hall says rezoning the Manhattan and Brooklyn neighborhoods would bring crucial affordable housing, while opponents warn of overcrowding. The projects headline the mayor’s final-year pandemic push to change the face of the city.

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Eric Adams’ Campaigns and Nonprofit Reaped Big Bucks from Lobbyists and Developers Seeking Help

In recent years leading up to his mayor run, the Brooklyn borough president netted up to $322,750 in contributions from favor-seekers — including some banking on the controversial Gowanus rezoning plan, THE CITY found.

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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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In Ritzy SoHo, a Crusade to Open the Door to Affordable Housing

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 300,000-unit program has yet to yield a single new low-cost apartment in Manhattan’s wealthiest neighborhood.

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Queens Neighborhood Fights for Bigger Single-Family Homes, Bucking U.S. Trend

Local pols embrace single-family zoning in Kew Gardens Hills, even as it falls by the wayside amid an affordable housing crunch in NYC and beyond.

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Court Knocks Out Building Block of Lower East Side Stacked Tower

Local opponents of the Two Bridges project hope setback for developer will buy them time to limit skyscrapers on the waterfront.