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Columbia Street Waterfront District »

Pok Pok Ny Temporarily Closes After City Finds Violations in Barbecue Area

The Columbia Street restaurant will remain closed until issues in the cooking area are resolved.

Inwood »

Illegal Strip Club Ad Projected on Starbucks by Rogue Ad Firm, Agency Says

Scenester Marketing admitted they posted the Sin City Cabaret ad on a Starbucks wall without permission.

Hell's Kitchen & Clinton »

Neighbors Challenge Condo Development Atop Hell's Kitchen Post Office

Locals say the two-story expansion would bring in more traffic and block light and air.

Todt Hill »

Basement Explosion on Staten Island Hurts 3 and Forces Evacuations

An explosion in the basement of a Staten Island home prompted neighborhood evacuations, the FDNY said.

Crown Heights »

Middle Eastern Eatery Closes, Gulf Gas Station Razed in Crown Heights

Fez Hummus Bar on Franklin Avenue closed as demolition began on a former gas station nearby.

Kew Gardens »

Residents Say Dilapidated Historic Kew Gardens House Is an Eyesore

The house on Beverly Road has been decaying for about a decade.

Chelsea »

City Halts Work on Hotel Chelsea Renovation After Old Owner Yanks Permit

There has been no construction at the hotel since its previous owners withdrew permits in December. 

Carroll Gardens »

City Reviews Ruling for 'Rock and Roll Playhouse' in Gowanus

The Bond Street site has a zoning status it isn't entitled to, residents say.

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.