Murray Hill in the News

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Recent articles about Murray Hill and about issues that affect Murray Hill.

February 22, 2016, NextDoor-MurrayHill, New York Grocer Fairway on the Brink of Default as Losses Mount, posted by Anoop Punjabi. The Fairway is at 2nd Avenue and 30th Street.

February 20, 2016. NextDoor-MurrayHill, Closing of McDonalds on the corner 39th & 2nd, posted by Donald Carli. Seeking information on the development plans for that corner and the other low-rise buildings north of it on the west side of 2nd avenue between 39th and 40th Street.

February 20, 2016, NextDoor-MurrayHill, posted by Anoop Punjabi. The McSam Hotel Group boss, Sam Chang, is scheduled to close on 14 and 16 East 39th Street for $31.6 million. The vacant properties will be demolished to make way for a 20-story Hyatt Hotel. The new hotel and full-service restaurant will span more 66,000 square feet and be designed by Gene Kaufman, according to the permit application filed with the city. The hotel is slated to be completed in three years, Chang told the Observer.

February 17, 2016, New York Post, Cole Porter’s old home can be yours for a cool $6.45M, Jennifer Gould Kiel. The address is 156 East 36th Street in Sniffen Court. Corcoran’s Lydia Sussek and Irene O’Halloran are the listing brokers., "Best Neighborhoods in New York City for Young Professionals," Murray Hill is listed as best neighborhood in New York City for young professionals.

February 3, 2016, The Real Deal, “Midtown East rezoning will likely be passed in 2017: Garodnick”, by Konrad Putzier. Council member Dan Garodnick expects the Midtown East rezoning to pass before the next mayoral election in 2017.

January 18, 2016,, "De Blasio Calls for Albany to 'Make Right' on Program at Center of Rift with Governor," by Ben Max. 421-a accounted for over a billion dollars in tax breaks during the 2015 fiscal year, much of which went to developments that had not included affordable units in exchange - a recent ProPublica investigation of 421-a found "The failure of city and state regulators to effectively police the tax break...and hold developers to their word." The expiration of 421-a was met with mixed reactions. Some affordable housing advocates, like community groups that make up The Alliance for Tenant Power, celebrated the news. .. Without 421-a, or something similar, affordable housing proponents fear that developers will simply focus on building condos, which optimize opportunities for profit.

January 15, 2016, DNA Info-New York, 421-a Tax Break Expires as Deal Between Developers and Labor Falls Apart, By Amy Zimmer. 

Not Murray Hill, but this is an interesting article about preservation efforts in Manhattan.
January 15, 2016, DNAinfo, "Judge Denies Developer's Bid to Overturn Landmark Status of UES Buildings," by Shaye Weaver. New York State Supreme Court Justice Michael Stallman upheld a Landmarks Preservation Commission decision to deny a "hardship application" by Stahl York Avenue, a real estate company that owns two walk-up buildings at 429 E. 64th St. and 430 E. 65th St. They were the first privately-built apartments to address the sub-standard housing conditions of poor workers across the city and many of the units continue to be rent-stabilized, according to the LPC. But most of the apartments have remained vacant, according to Stahl's hardship application.

January 7, 2016, DNA Info-New York, "Midtown's 'Rug District' Disappears as Dealers Flee Sky-High Rents", by Noah Hurowitz. The rug district was on Madison Avenue in the upper 20s and low 30s. Only a few stores remain.

January 7, 2016, The New York Public Library’s President, Anthony W. Marx, announced the publication of the NYPL’s digital collection. The Library determined that 180,000 of its digital images are in the public domain, and it released high-resolution versions along with improved metadata at—setting the standard for how to make public domain materials available… researchers, artists, students, and anyone else can legally use these digital properties however they’d like, generating new works and eventually breathing new life into the collection of NYPL.” Some interesting pages from the digital collection: Changing New York pictures, Murray Hill pictures.

January 6, 2016,, "At Homelessness Forum, Manhattanites Voice Local Concerns on Pressing Issue," by Ryan Brady. At a town hall hosted by City Council Members Dan Garodnick and Rosie Mendez stakeholders voiced concerns about problems related to homelessness, like the myriad issues with the 850-bed 30th Street Men’s Shelter (also known as “Bellevue”). Banks reiterated support for a “commitment that was made to the community to convert a number of beds at Bellevue into an employment program.”

January 5, 2016, Gotham Gazette, "Proposed Zoning Changes Raise Questions About Small Businesses," by Colin O'Connor. [I]t is increasingly difficult for small businesses to survive. There is little city policy dedicated to protecting these institutions of community character ... “Part of what we like about our neighborhoods are small- to medium-size indigenous businesses…Over the past couple of years there has also been clamor about commercial tenant protection, as landlords have been accused of dumping their property taxes onto small business owners and multiplying rents by four or five upon lease expiration.

December 10, 2015, in Food, “Inside The Campbell Apartment, Grand Central's Hidden Historic Bar,” by Jen Carlson.

December 4, 2015, Wall Street Journal, “New York City Zoning Plan Is Under Fire”, by Josh Dawsey.

December 4, 2015,, “Amid citywide resistance, de Blasio does damage control on housing plan,” by Sally Goldenberg.

December 3, 2015, Manhattan Express,Chronic M5 Bus Bottlenecks Lead to Proposed North-South Route Split in Midtown,” by Jackson Chen. The MTA is proposing splitting the M5 (5th Avenue downtown) route into 2 sections, where the north section would terminate at 37th Street between 5th & 6th Avenue and the south section would begin at 38th Street between 5th & 6th. The M5 buses would make a loop around 37th and 38th Streets to make the turns. The MTA is gathering input from community boards.

November 12, 2015, Nextdoor Murray Hill (social media site), 132 Madison Avenue (31st Street), posted by Anoop Punjabi. The Bowery Mission’s headquarters at 132 Madison Avenue is making way for a new 53-story residential tower developed by J.D. Carlisle Development. It’s just one of more than a dozen properties along East 30th Street and Madison that J.D. is assembling for the site.

November 12, 2015,, “A Preview Tour of New York’s First Micro-Unit Apartment Building,” by Wendy Goodman. See the slideshow of Carmel Place, located at 335 East 27th Street. As the city’s first modular micro-apartment building, with 55 units ranging from 260 to 360 square feet, it is forging the way toward changing the city’s zoning laws, which currently require residential units to be at least 400 square feet and the density number of units allowed in one building. Forty percent of the units in the building are designated for affordable housing, with prices that range from $950 to $1,492 a month. The market-rate studios start at $2,000. Follow-up note: 11/25/15: 60,000 people have applied for these apartments according to NY1 TV News.




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