Last Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved work to allow the single-family conversion of 38 Bethune Street. While some West Village garage conversions before the LPC recently have been contentious, this project was not controversial.
Condo developers have radically reshaped 23rd Street in Chelsea over the last couple years. The newest arrival will be a 15-story project at 128 West 23rd Street, next to Anbau’s Citizen condos between Sixth and Seventh avenues.
As Mayor de Blasio’s initiatives to create affordable housing continue to fail, bright spots for advocates of a better and more inclusive New York City are few and far between. In the Two Bridges area of the Lower East Side, JDS, Extell, CIM, L+M, and the Starrett Group are planning five new towers with 700 affordable units. NIMBYs don’t care. Despite all that affordable housing, red herrings went flying at a community meeting last night, and the echo chamber of outrage reverberated all the way onto the internet.
In September, an undeniably flashy proposal to modify an Upper East Side rowhouse went before the Landmarks Preservation Commission. It was not well-received. Last Tuesday, a scaled-down version won over the commissioners and work can now proceed at 210 East 62nd Street.
The growing Latino and Asian immigrant population in Elmhurst is fueling a construction boom in the central Queens neighborhood. The latest evidence: an application for a new apartment building at 87-12 58th Avenue, near the Woodhaven Boulevard stop on the M and R trains.