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Gateway Plaza tenants united against landlord, divided among themselves

BY SAM SPOKONY  | While its goal is to win a whopping $100 million in damages based on longstanding allegations of callous neglect and barely habitable apartments, a class action lawsuit against the landlord and management of Gateway Plaza has also revealed deep rifts among both the complex’s tenants and their lawyers. Numerous publications, including Downtown […]

BY SAM SPOKONY | Citing longstanding complaints of freezing apartments, sky-high electric bills, rising rents and lack of necessary repairs, two Gateway Plaza tenants on Tuesday filed a $100 million class action lawsuit against the complex’s management and the Battery Park City Authority. One of those tenants, Maureen Koetz – a former vice-president of Gateway’s tenant […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY |  ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED MARCH 6, 2014  |  Gateway Plaza tenants are outraged over their incredibly high electric bills this winter — some of which surpassed $1,000 — and are still calling on their landlord to complete long-overdue repairs that would make their buildings more energy efficient. “We’re in electric shock, as Gateway […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS | ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED JAN. 30, 2014  |  The city’s Economic Development Corp. on Thursday contradicted the assertions of Downtown leaders that the proposed Seaport tower is on hold, and is insisting the project is moving forward on schedule. One E.D.C. official pushed back strongly against the claims — reported by Downtown Express and […]

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THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORP. ON JAN. 30, 2014 CONTRADICTED THE ASSERTIONS OF DOWNTOWN LEADERS THAT THE SEAPORT PROJECT IS ON HOLD. BY JOSH ROGERS |  Downtown leaders say the city has put the plan to build a 600-foot South Street Seaport tower on hold for now. “The Howard Hughes Corp. plan to date will not […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY | Tensions are coming to a head at Gateway Plaza, where residents of the Battery Park City complex continue to suffer in cold due to faulty heating units and unsealed windows that allow ice and frigid air to leak into their apartments. Some residents are even talking about a rent strike, although […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY | After winning a tough re-election campaign against a much younger opponent with little political experience, Councilmember Margaret Chin showed off her own strong political ties as she entered a second term at her inauguration Sunday. Chin, who defeated Jenifer Rajkumar by 17 points in the Democratic primary and then ran unopposed in […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY | ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED NOV. 27, 2013  | A newly adopted change to the Mitchell-Lama housing program will allow a wider range of middle-income families to enter the program. Gov, Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Nov. 14 that makes it easier for families with fewer than two dependents to qualify for a Mitchell-Lama apartment. The law […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER | When Superstorm Sandy smacked into the South Street Seaport on Oct. 29, 2012, most of the old buildings survived. Building systems were damaged, but the neighborhood fundamentally remained intact. However, many community stakeholders fear that the historic South Street Seaport will not survive The Howard Hughes Corporation. The Dallas-based developer […]

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Officials gathered on Nov. 13 to celebrate the opening of 4 World Trade Center, the first office tower to be completed on the original W.TC. site. The 977-foot, 72-story building at 150 Greenwich St. contains about 2.3 million square feet of office space, about a quarter of which will become the new headquarters of the […]

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