New York City has a problem. As local politicians have consolidated their grip on power over the past several decades, many have become increasingly prone to serving specific groups of constituents instead of overarching ideals, noble, or otherwise. The Five Boroughs are no stranger to this kind of issue, with periods of historical stagnancy well-documented. But with electoral participation at staggeringly delegitimizing lows, local leaders like Gale Brewer will easily cruise to re-election. Amidst a backdrop of surging NIMBYism that is now more than glad to co-opt the tactics of Fake News, the outlook for the next few years on election day is rather bleak, as the politics of New York’s inward-looking regressive leaders will put up far greater barriers to entry than any potential wall along the Mexican border.
Construction is moving along quickly on the triangular site at 606 Broadway, which is distinct for two reasons. The first is the unusual shape for a six-story commercial building. The second is that new non-residential buildings aren’t too common for Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood due to landmark restrictions and generally astronomical property values, and this building is going to be entirely commercial. Retail will populate the cellar, first floor, and second, while offices will occupy floors three through six.
Leasing has begun for a new mixed-use complex in Jersey City, dubbed SoHo Lofts. The newly opened 377-unit building at 273 16th Street is the second project by Manhattan Building Company, aka MBC, in an area of Jersey City they hope to rebrand as SoHo West, SoHo meaning South of Hoboken, and West for its location, immediately west of Manhattan. Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop attended the celebration and was given the ceremonial role of cutting the ribbon to celebrate the opening.
Permits have been filed by an anonymous LLC for an eight-story mixed-use building at 2744 Atlantic Avenue, in East New York, Brooklyn. The site is two blocks away from the Van Siclen Avenue station, serviced by the J and Z trains. It is also nearby the expansive Highland Park, and several cemeteries.
Permits have been filed for a single-story building at 101 Maujer Street, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to serve as a new Gymnasium for the Edward Bush PS 18. The site is six blocks away from the Lorimer Street Station, serviced by the L and G trains. The New York City School Construction Authority is responsible for the development.