Century 21, the Beloved Fashion Discount House, Is Closing

Century 21, the Beloved Fashion Discount House, Is Closing Oh no. | Alex Tai/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images New Yorkers mourn the loss of “our closet.” Oh, man, this one stings. In a year of retail crises and closures in New York City, Century 21 — the discounter with roots in Brooklyn and a flagship store in the Financial District — is the latest to declare bankruptcy and will likely shut down all its stores, Bloomberg reports this morning. It’s…

Budget Cuts Might Doom de Blasio’s Affordable Housing Legacy

Budget Cuts Might Doom de Blasio’s Affordable Housing Legacy The Edgemere section of the Rockaways. | Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Neighborhoods like Edgemere, Queens, now have to wait even longer for major housing projects to rise. On his 25 minute walk to work through Edgemere — the low-slung beachfront neighborhood of old clapboard houses and public housing east of the newly fashionable Rockaway Beach — Richie Jackson says he might only pass a couple of delis or fast-food joints. “This isn’t Main…

Threatened by NIMBYs, City Will Send Lucerne Hotel’s Homeless Residents Elsewhere

Threatened by NIMBYs, City Will Send Lucerne Hotel’s Homeless Residents Elsewhere mifl68/Flickr Following pressure from a lawyered-up group of neighbors, the de Blasio administration will move residents of the hotel out of the Upper West Side. Just 13 days after a group of Upper West Siders threatened to sue the city over the use of three neighborhood hotels as temporary homeless shelters, the de Blasio administration announced that it’s planning to transfer the 300 unhoused residents out of the Lucerne…

Two-Bedroom Penthouse on West End Avenue With 3,000 Square Feet of Terrace Asks $2.8M 

Two-Bedroom Penthouse on West End Avenue With 3,000 Square Feet of Terrace Asks $2.8M  Compass / Martin Eiden Team A solarium further blurs the line between indoors and outdoors. Price: $2,775,000Specs: 2 beds, 2 baths, 1,400 square feet (interior), 2,900 square feet (exterior) Street view: A two-way, four-lane road (closed to trucks except for local drop-offs) with wide sidewalks next to mostly prewar buildings over 12 stories tall; a brick, five-story Dutch Renaissance Revival building, housing a public school, is…

A Sidewalk ‘Sleep-Out’ in Support of the Homeless on the UWS, Weed-Eating Goats, Fairy Doors in Queens, and Other News

A Sidewalk ‘Sleep-Out’ in Support of the Homeless on the UWS, Weed-Eating Goats, Fairy Doors in Queens, and Other News mifl68/Flickr Here’s some of what happened around town this week. Upper West Siders Hold Sleep-Out to Support Temporary Homeless Neighbors A group of Upper West Siders gathered on the sidewalk of the Lucerne Hotel on West 79th Street last Saturday night for a “sleep-out” and art protest in support of the temporary homeless residents staying there and in two other…

What’s the Trump Eviction Moratorium All About?

What’s the Trump Eviction Moratorium All About? Tenants rallied for eviction relief outside of Bronx housing court last month. | Angela Weiss/Getty Images A broadly popular if calculated new policy and how it will work. In a surprisingly aggressive relief measure unveiled late Tuesday afternoon, the Trump administration announced a sweeping ban on evictions of tenants who are unable to pay rent because of the coronavirus crisis. Starting this Friday, September 4, it will temporarily stop millions of U.S. renters…

That Infamous Trio of Two Bridges Megatowers Inches Toward Construction

That Infamous Trio of Two Bridges Megatowers Inches Toward Construction One Manhattan Square looms over the Two Bridges waterfront. | Max Touhey Three new luxury skyscrapers — one set to be 100 stories tall — got the go-ahead from an appeals court, but two more lawsuits are pending. The middle- and lower-income Lower East Side neighborhood known as Two Bridges is one step closer to becoming home to three new enormous waterfront apartment towers 70 to 100 stories high. They’d…

Architect’s Chelsea Two-Bedroom With Custom Everything (Down to the Electrical Outlets) Asks $1.25M

Architect’s Chelsea Two-Bedroom With Custom Everything (Down to the Electrical Outlets) Asks $1.25M François Dischinger The meticulously renovated apartment features a huge living room with a wall of built-in bookshelves. Price: $1,250,000Specs: 2 beds, 1 bath, 755 square feet Street view: A one-way street lined with linden, pin oak, and ginkgo trees, as well as townhouses and five-to-seven-story buildings with façades ranging from red, white, and gray brick to brownstone and limestone Closest train: A/C/E at 23rd Street and 1/2…

Community Gardens As Classrooms, Love on the Gowanus Canal, and Other News

Community Gardens As Classrooms, Love on the Gowanus Canal, and Other News Kris Wong/Getty Images Here’s everything that’s been happening around the city this week. Community Gardens As Classrooms The de Blasio administration finally unveiled an “outdoor-learning plan” this week that would allow NYC schools to hold classes in parks and other public spaces. Clarisa James, who runs an education nonprofit, tells the Queens Daily Eagle that the city should consider using the hundreds of community gardens across the five…

Unless the State Intervenes, New York’s ‘Eviction Floodgates’ Will Open on October 1

Unless the State Intervenes, New York’s ‘Eviction Floodgates’ Will Open on October 1 The Office of Court Administration doesn’t plan to extend the eviction moratorium beyond October. | Scott Heins/Getty Images “We’re going to have to muster the political will to dream big on our solutions.” New York’s court system has been extending the pause on evictions for months, kicking the can down the road. But now the state Office of Court Administration (OCA) intends to put a stop to…