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Union Square »

New School's Lights Turn Nearby Apartments into 'Times Square,' Locals Say

The New School's University Center keeps bright lights on 24 hours a day, residents said.

Concourse »

Landmark Commission Decries Demolition of 'Castle on the Concourse'

The Landmark Preservation Commission recommended the city give former P.S. 31 building a second chance. 

Bed-Stuy »

Bed-Stuy Residents Brave the Cold Without Heat, Hot Water

Residents of 160 Vernon Ave. say they've gone without heat or hot water for more than a year.

Lower East Side »

Developer Plans 6-Story Building in LES Community Garden

Developer Serge Hoyda wants to build on a lot that was once part of the Children's Magical Garden.

Bed-Stuy »

City Demands Bed-Stuy Building Owners Repair Unsafe Homes

The three buildings have caused flooding and rat infestations for the residents of Lafayette Avenue.

Elmhurst »

Construction on Elmhurst Luxury Building Stalled After Permit Denied

Plans to build a luxury condo on a lot made famous in the movie "Coming to America" have been delayed.

Long Island City »

Troubled LIC Rock Climbing Gym Shuttered by Buildings Department

The owner of The Cliffs LIC was charged with trying to bribe buildings inspectors, prosecutors said.

Bed-Stuy »

Bed-Stuy Block Under Siege By Development, Neighbors Say

Longtime residents of Skillman Street say they're the latest victims of gentrification.

Union Square »

Construction Site Sends Wet Concrete and Lunch Debris Onto Neighbor's Patio

Giuseppe Scalia's outdoor space has been littered with trash and wet concrete falling from 35 W. 15th St.

Washington Heights »

WaHi Tenants Left Without Gas for 5 Months to Get Service Back, Pol Says

Gas should be restored to 525 West 156th St. on Friday morning, Jackson's office said.

Lower East Side »

Historic LES Synagogue to Become Cafe and Gallery by Year's End

The former First Roumanian-American Congregation is being adapted for current locals, the architect said.

Astoria »

Neighbors Battling Medical Building Developer Over Access to Yards

Residents said the developer is now trying to gain access to their backyards to finish construction.

Carroll Gardens »

Pols Blast City's Dismissal of Violations for Proposed Homeless Shelter

Local officials have called for an investigation into the proposed shelter at 165 W. Ninth St.

East Village »

Airbnb Wins Appeal as Court Rules Apartment-Share Site Does Not Violate Law

The apartment sharing site does not violate Department of Buildings rules governing hotels, a board said.

East Elmhurst »

Burned East Elmhurst Home Left Abandoned Nearly Year After Fire

Neighbors say they fear squatters may come into the home.