Urban Development

Bette Midler's New York Restoration Project Brings the Arts to Community Gardens

This summer the NYRP added another free program called Arts in the Gardens.

Valerie Neng, WHEDco's sustainability manager, in front of Urban Horizons, a building the organization made green out of financial necessity. Adi Talwar/City Limits
Patrick Arden for City Limits  |  April 23, 2012 12:39 PM | Comments
If New York is going to meet the mayor's greenhouse goals, its apartment buildings are going to have to get greener. But getting there is difficult.
A container ship owned by CMA CGM unloads cargo at the Port of Newark, N.J. A new project to replace two water tunnels in the Anchorage Channel is part of a plan to prepare for massive post-Panamax ships that will soon pass through the Panama Canal and make their way up the Eastern seaboard.
John Farley  |  April 23, 2012 4:00 AM | 2 Comments
The Panama Canal expansion will allow double the cargo and much larger ships to call at New York's harbor by 2024.
n a march over New York's Brooklyn Bridge to protest the Department of Corrections policy to "funnel" illegal immigrants into the Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention and deportation program. AP/Bebeto Matthews
John Farley  |  April 20, 2012 2:02 PM | Comments
MetroFocus met four immigrants whose own experiences led to careers fighting for the rights of others.
Protesters warmed up their voices outside the Bronx Supreme Courthouse at 1118 Grand Concourse on Monday. The group, O4O, was attempting to shut down a foreclosure auction before 14 people were arrested. Photo courtesy of Sam Lewis.
John Farley with additional reporting by Nat Rudarakanchana for The New York World  |  April 17, 2012 12:09 PM | 1 Comment
Most of the 100,000 pending foreclosures in New York State will eventually end up at an auction. A group of activists are trying to halt some of these auctions through song.VIDEO
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Yolanne Almanzar and Michael Keller for The New York World  |  April 13, 2012 8:32 PM | Comments
The battle for Zuccotti Park brought unprecedented attention to privately owned public spaces, property whose developers committed to making them open to the public, in exchange for a boost in the scale of the building they could construct. But it also overshadowed a basic question. Who is getting the better end of the deal for these spaces, property owners or the public?
An abandoned nursing home rots at 2300 Cropsey Ave. in Gravesend, Brooklyn. The organization Picture the Homeless advocates for abandoned properties to be rehabbed and used to house the city's homeless population, but due to a New York Post article, the group's funding is now in question. FlickrJMazzolaa/
John Farley  |  April 5, 2012 4:00 AM | 3 Comments
A New York Post article resulted in City Council putting a hold on Picture the Homeless' funding. Did a member of the group teach people how to squat vacant buildings?VIDEO
Two women sit on a jetty near Revel in Atlantic City, N.J.. The casino-resort opened April 2, and New Jersey officials hope it will help Atlantic City compete with gambling industries in neighboring states. AP/Mel Evans
John Farley  |  April 4, 2012 4:00 AM | 4 Comments
With an ambitious new resort in Atlantic City, struggling Indian casinos in New York and Connecticut, and a deal to bring table games to Queens, big wins and losses loom.VIDEO
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John Farley  |  April 4, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
Even though private contracts can invite corruption, whistleblowers are unprotected.
The Kingsbridge Armory, located at, is tktk. Flickr/Shan 213
Doris Martinez  |  March 22, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
Visions of film studios, churches, ice rinks, chess museums and more for the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx.
Photo courtesy of Participatory Budgeting NYC.
Georgia Kral  |  March 21, 2012 4:00 AM | 2 Comments
Residents in four City Council districts prepare to vote on $1 million in capital spending.VIDEO
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