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As NYC subway performance improves, ridership is increasing 

As NYC subway performance improves, ridership is increasing  Max Touhey | Subway ridership has increased 4.5 percent since last year, the MTA says The MTA has been taking steps to improve its infrastructure and performance over the last few years—and those efforts are, improbably enough, paying off. (Many of of those initiatives have been spearheaded by NYC Transit president Andy Byford, who reportedly resigned from his post a few weeks ago, but then reconsidered, according to Politico.) This week, the…

The ultimate guide to the Museum of Modern Art

The ultimate guide to the Museum of Modern Art Everything you need to know about MoMA’s big revamp—when to go, what to see, and how much time you’ll need The Museum of Modern Art is one of the city’s—nay, the world’s—most popular cultural institutions, and for good reason. As one of the foremost repositories of modern art, it includes pieces by a veritable murderers’ row of acclaimed artists, including Vincent van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, Keith Haring,…

Where should the next NYC busway be? Experts weigh in

Where should the next NYC busway be? Experts weigh in Courtesy of New York City Department of Transportation The runaway success of the 14th Street car ban makes similar interventions in the city a no-brainer Two weeks after it launched, the 14th Street busway—the subject of legal challenges, arguments, and much hand-wringing before it even had a chance to prove itself—appears to be a runaway success. There are plenty of anecdotes showing that the pilot program, which has all but…

What $850,000 buys in NYC right now

What $850,000 buys in NYC right now Romy, Rare Photography/Courtesy of Compass Five apartments, five NYC neighborhoods Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a weekly column that explores what one can buy for a set dollar amount in various NYC neighborhoods. Is one man’s studio another man’s townhouse? Let’s find out! Today, we’re looking at apartments for sale for around $850,000. Andrea Pedicini/Courtesy of Citi Habitats Sutton Place This Sutton Place studio, which was recently renovated, is up for grabs for $850,000.…

City Council approves plan to replace Rikers Island with four borough-based jails

City Council approves plan to replace Rikers Island with four borough-based jails Max Touhey The historic Council vote will shutter the scandal-plagued prison complex by 2026 In a historic vote, the New York City Council approved a plan to replace Rikers Island with four new borough-based jails—a momentous move that will shut down the infamous 84-year-old complex. The plan, which the de Blasio administration initially announced in 2018, is a sweeping overhaul to the city’s network of jails that aims…

New bill would block landlords from using biometric data to harass tenants

New bill would block landlords from using biometric data to harass tenants Manu Padilla/Shutterstock.com The piece of legislation would, among other things, limit the amount of personal data collected Amid growing privacy concerns by tenants and civil liberties experts, a new City Council bill seeks to restrict the data collected from keyless technologies that landlords are increasingly turning to in lieu of traditional locks. Landlords have been replacing keys with new technologies deemed “smart access systems” in the past few…

Rustic, renovated Greenpoint townhouse wants $3.495M

Rustic, renovated Greenpoint townhouse wants $3.495M Photos: Bernadette Pava, courtesy of Keller Williams The house has a backyard with a wooden deck Greenpoint home prices have soared over the past years, following the same trend as the rest of Brooklyn. StreetEasy shows that median prices in the neighborhood went from $501,000 in 2012 to $859,655 in 2016. If you need more proof of that shift, look no further than this recently renovated two-story townhouse that just hit the market: It…

Realtor Robert Khederian is answering your NYC real estate questions

Realtor Robert Khederian is answering your NYC real estate questions Max Touhey The Compass real estate agent will join Curbed for a live online chat Curious about what it’s like to buy a home in New York City right now, with inventory up and prices going down? (Or, in other words, a buyer’s market.) Real estate agent Robert Khederian will join Curbed NY today from noon to 1 p.m. to answer questions from readers about New York’s housing market. Astute…

Rikers Island replacement plan heads to City Council for approval

Rikers Island replacement plan heads to City Council for approval The full City Council will vote on the plan to replace Rikers Island with borough-based jails on Thursday. | Max Touhey Lawmakers are likely to pass the $8.7 billion borough-based jail plan A key City Council committee approved the de Blasio’s administration’s plan to replace Rikers Island with four new borough-based jails, sending the proposal to its final hurdle in the lengthy review process: a full Council vote on Thursday.…

Does NYC’s affordable housing program go far enough?

Does NYC’s affordable housing program go far enough? Max Touhey | A new report delves into where the city has fallen short in its housing plan It’s been five years since Mayor Bill de Blasio put forth his Housing New York (HNY) plan, with the goal of creating or preserving 300,000 affordable housing units by 2026. So far, his administration has gotten nearly halfway there, creating or preserving 135,437 affordable homes by July 2019. Still, housing advocates believe those numbers…