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Why Community Groups Can Never Win Against Developers: The ‘Dreikausen’ Paradox and Other Hurdles, and Suggestions for Change

Making a motion you cannot win is usually sanctionable—but here, it is actually required.

By John R Low-Beer    September 18, 2019

Under current law, even the most meritorious legal challenge to property development faces insurmountable barriers once construction starts, because absent the most egregious wrongdoing, the courts will not order demolition of completed buildings, and current law makes it virtually impossible to obtain a preliminary injunction to halt construction. Read the rest of the article via New York Law Journal

Scrutiny into Extell’s Upper West Side tower’s mechanical space will continue

By RYAN DEFFENBAUGH  September 17, 2019

Developer Extell got some good news and some bad news Tuesday in its quest to build a 775-foot luxury apartment tower on the Upper West Side. Read article


Void venting: Extell 66th St. skyscraper slammed at B.S.A. hearing


During a Board of Standards and Appeals public hearing, opponents of the Extell skyscraper at 50 W. 66th St. challenged the building’s merits. Read article from The Villager

City Must Release Fort Greene Park Report, Court Rules

By Noah Manskar, Patch Staff May 1, 2019 6:50 pm ET | Updated May 1, 2019 7:01 pm ET

The city lost an appeal to keep a portion of a report on Fort Greene Park secret as the Parks Department pursues a major renovation there. Read article via Fort Greene-Clinton Hill Patch 


Suit filed to block Extell’s Upper West Side skyscraper


The suit comes after the city recently approved reconfigured plans for the 775-foot-tall tower

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Governor Cuomo Gives Hudson River Park $50 million

By Lincoln Anderson  April 10, 2018

Showing he’s serious about fulfilling his pledge, made in his State of the State address earlier this year… read article via The Villager


Diller Island’s demise; Goes way of Westway

By Lincoln Anderson  September 28, 2017

Before shockingly pulling out of the Pier55 plan two weeks ago, Barry Diller had already pumped more than $40 million into the ill-fated project, the media mogul confirmed to The Villager last week.

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Love them or hate them, NIMBYs are shaping the development game in NYC

ANDREW J. HAWKINS July 27, 2015 12:00 AM 

The owners of the New York Mets planned to build a shopping mall in a parking area next to Citi Field. They expected resistance—there always is in New York—but not from the son of the architect who helped invent the shopping mall.

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A Goad to the Powerful, Lately Dormant, Is Stirred by a Midtown Zoning Plan

Building Blocks
By DAVID W. DUNLAP AUG. 28, 2013

The City Club of New York has sharply criticized Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s rezoning plan for East Midtown. But in the newsroom, that’s called “burying the lead.

The real news is that there is still a City Club of New York.


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Bloomberg’s Plan for Bigger East Midtown Towers Is ‘Zoning for Dollars,’ Group Says


AUG. 27, 2013

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