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Domino Developers Ask City to Change Affordable Housing Rules

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Demolition of the Domino Factory is just about underway, and Two Trees has every permit and rezoning it needs to move forward with construction of its waterfront apartments. But on Friday afternoon, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development held a hearing about a rule change proposed by Two Trees that would affect the tax breaks for developers who create affordable housing. This has agitated activists who oppose the “poor door” measures that some recent developments are accused of taking, from The Edge to Northside Piers to the impending Greenpoint Landing.
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Against High Rises in the Village? Take the Elevator Up to This 21st-Floor Fundraiser

(Photo: Angelo Fabara)

(Photo: Angelo Fabara)

At 21 stories high, the penthouse at The Standard East Village might seem like an odd place for opponents of high-rise construction in the Village to sip cocktails.

But Mark Crispin Miller of NYU Faculty Against the Sexton Plan, which will hold a fundraiser there Tuesday, says there’s no comparison. “The four gigantic towers that NYU plans to cram into the Village will make the hotel, the Standard, look like the Flatiron,” he argues.
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Triskelion Arts is the Latest Williamsburg Business To Hightail it to Greenpoint

Triskelion Arts, who has resided at 118 North 11 Street since 2000, will move to Greenpoint next summer. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Triskelion Arts, who has resided at 118 North 11 Street since 2000, will move to Greenpoint next summer. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Triskelion Arts is the latest of several Williamsburg businesses to relocate to Greenpoint: next June, the dance arts organization will move out of its third-story warehouse space on North 11th Street and reopen at 106 Calyer Street.

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Now Boarding: Domino Sugar Factory Demolition Begins

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

A massive wooden construction barrier has gone up along the Kent Avenue side of the Domino Sugar factory; workers were seen nearing completion of the Grand Street side of the wall today, all but completely shielding the doomed complex (minus the landmarked refinery, of course) from view forevermore.
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Yippie!! The Yippie Museum Scored More Time to Fight Foreclosure

David Peel at 9 Bleecker. (Photo: Scott Lynch)

The Yippie! Museum avoided a quick and bitter end yesterday and won more time in its dramatic fight against foreclosure.

The yippies’ legal battle to maintain their three-story building at 9 Bleecker Street, with its unpaid $1.4 million mortgage, has dragged on since 2009 when Centech LLC, their lender, filed a complaint to obtain a judgement for foreclosure and sale on the premises. Yesterday at New York State Supreme Court, Noah Potter, a lawyer for imprisoned yippie leader Dana Beal, won an extension to gather more information. “I have a month and a half to get documents to plead Dana’s case,” Potter told B+B.
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And Now It’s the Beep’s Turn to Weigh In On Greenpoint’s Waterfront Towers

With Community Board 1 having weighed in on what could be 5,000 new housing units headed for the Greenpoint waterfront, it was the Borough President’s turn last night to hop on board the project’s lengthy civic vetting process.

Residents, city officials and representatives of 77 Commercial Street filled the Borough President’s courtroom and gave testimony before members of Marty Markowitz’s office.
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The City Has Revealed Its Plans For 6 Acres on the LES, and a Warhol Museum Is Involved

The proposed Warhol Museum (Photo: Curbed)

The proposed Warhol Museum (Photo: Curbed)

The fate of six acres of vacant land at the corner of Delancey and Essex was finally revealed today. City officials and developers have dubbed the massive new multi-purpose development Essex Crossing, which, let’s be honest, kind of sounds like a mall in Ohio. Though it has a slightly more pleasant ring to it than SPURA (the Seward Park Urban Renewal Project), or the larger development project. Essex Crossing is the result of a in the battle between neighborhood residents and politicians over what to do with this gray patch of grit in the LES cityscape.
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Ladies and Gentlemen, the Village Voice Has Left the Village

Moving day at 36 Cooper Square (Photo: Amanda Kludt)

Moving day at 36 Cooper Square (Photo: Amanda Kludt)

Believe it or not, The Standard’s new lobby isn’t the biggest news out of Cooper Square. Across the street, the venerable Village Voice has quietly slipped out of 36 Cooper, where it’s been headquartered since 1991, and has set up shop in, yes, the Financial District.
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Party in the Face of Domino’s Impending Doom Tomorrow

(image via Save Domino

(image via Save Domino’s press release)

The Domino Sugar Factory’s demolition is scheduled to start this month, but opposition organization Save Domino isn’t quite ready to throw in the towel. What to do when protests, community organizing, and dissident light displays have all failed to get results? Throw a rager, of course.
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