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Articles by Nikolai Fedak

2017 Skyscrapers

2017 New Construction Report: Building Applications Crash, Down 38 Percent Since 2015

New building applications for single and multi-family residential developments in New York City saw a major slowdown in 2016, as the fading boom following the changes that occurred at the Department of Buildings in 2014 began to slack further. Numbers have plunged by over half since 2014, and by 38 percent since 2015. The full report with spreadsheets covering every new building application is available at the research store.

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247 Cherry Street and 252 South Street, image from JDS

De Blasio’s Housing Policy Unravels as NIMBYs Attack Partially Affordable Developments on the Lower East Side

As Mayor de Blasio’s initiatives to create affordable housing continue to fail, bright spots for advocates of a better and more inclusive New York City are few and far between. In the Two Bridges area of the Lower East Side, JDS, Extell, CIM, L+M, and the Starrett Group are planning five new towers with 700 affordable units. NIMBYs don’t care. Despite all that affordable housing, red herrings went flying at a community meeting last night, and the echo chamber of outrage reverberated all the way onto the internet.

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68-74 Trinity Place, image from Trinity Church

New Mixed-Use Tower Revealed at 74 Trinity Place, Financial District

The site at 68-74 Trinity Place has been one of the more notable recent demolitions in the Financial District, with the building coming down over the course of the past year. The site’s owner, Trinity Church, had previously planned a condominium building designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli. While those plans were shelved earlier this year, we now have new renderings of what will replace it.

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