These are the best books of 2021 according to the New York Public Library

These are the best books of 2021 according to the New York Public Library

A nearly century-long tradition continues: the New York Public Library just released its annual list of the best books of the year—a selection that makes for some pretty awesome holiday gifts, of course. A committee of expert librarians from all branches of the system combed through this year’s latest titles and selected nearly 300 tomes … Read more

Five ways to mark Stephen Sondheim’s passing in NYC

Five ways to mark Stephen Sondheim's passing in NYC

The theater world lost a massive icon this holiday weekend with the passing of the composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. Sondheim was a titanic figure in the world of Broadway and had a hand in producing some of the greatest musicals of the 20th century including West Side Story, Gypsy, Into The Woods, Sunday in … Read more

Top Book Publishers in NYC

Publishers are crucial to the publication process since they read various books sent in and decide which ones to publish for readers to purchase. Plenty of top publishing houses operate out of New York City (NYC), including independent publishers such as Manhattan Book Group and Bellevue Literary Press. Each publishing house has its own publication … Read more

Manufacturers Make Case for Garment District Staying in Manhattan

BY MARK NIMAR | The future of Manhattan’s Garment District was among the fashionable topics of concern at July 25’s full board meeting of Community Board 4 (CB4), as a costume designer, a glove maker, and an embroidery expert insisted the city’s recently proposed zoning laws for the iconic neighborhood will negatively affect their businesses, … Read more

Park-Starved Hudson Yards to Get Three New Green Acres

BY MICHAEL ROCK | When the final crane comes down and its construction phase ends, Hudson Yards will bring a massive influx of office workers, new residents, tourists, and shoppers to a part of the West Side that can still seem unfamiliar and unwelcoming. Despite being the location of Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, a number … Read more

City Reneging on All-Affordable Plan on W. 55th St.

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | A long-promised 16-story, 100-percent affordable apartment building in Hell’s Kitchen could instead become a development of 30 to 50 stories with a majority of the units offered at market rate, according to four plans that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office proposed to local elected officials earlier this month. A plan to build … Read more

Battle Against Supertalls Hits W. 66th St.

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | An Upper West Side block association is revving up the fight against a proposed tower at 50 W. 66th St., and in the process, it scored a meeting held last Tuesday with the Department of City Planning to talk about zoning loopholes the group says are spawning inappropriately tall buildings north … Read more

At Hudson Yards, Tensions Flare Between Related, Unions

BY MICHAEL ROCK | As development at Hudson Yards continues, sparring between The Related Companies, which oversees the neighborhood’s development, and the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York (BCTC), the umbrella organization for the construction unions Related has hired for the project, is poised to go the distance. A major issue of contention … Read more

With Broad Support, Sarah Carroll OKed as Landmarks Chief

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | Sarah Carroll, executive director of the Landmarks Preservation Commission since 2014, won approval from the City Council on Sept. 26 as the agency’s new chair. Carroll, a 24-year veteran of the LPC who has spent much of her time in the agency’s preservation department, will replace former chair Meenakshi Srinivasan, who served … Read more

On West 53rd, Affordable Housing Lottery Favors Locals

BY WINNIE McCROY | After 14 years of negotiations and construction, the huge apartment building at 540 W. 53rd St. is preparing to open their affordable housing lottery. And this charming brick building offers units for a variety of household sizes and income levels from about $39,000­ to $172,000 — from a single person to a … Read more