New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

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The Jewish Voice Hospital for Special Surgery to Begin $300M Expansion Plan Above FDR Drive by Harry Cherry

Hospital for Special Surgery to Begin $300M Expansion Plan Above FDR Drive

The Hospital for Special Surgery is starting a $300 million expansion plan — to construct doctors offices and patient rooms above FDR Drive, according to Crain’s.

The Jewish Voice NY Developers Under Scrutiny for Using Empty Space To Bump Tower Heights by Greta Levy

NY Developers Under Scrutiny for Using Empty Space To Bump Tower Heights

Towering structures have been a feature of many New York neighborhoods for quite some time now, but some of these buildings have big gaps in them that are supposed to be for mechanical purposes, hence why they’re known as “mechanical voids.” As skeptics grow more concerned about the increase in the use of these empty spaces, the city is looking to step in. The mayor and city council are ready to start looking into the matter that skeptics suggest could create dangerous situations and unnecessary and wasteful uses of space and resources.

The Jewish Voice Lawsuit Over Luxury UES Tower Cites Abuse of “Loophole” by Kenneth H.R Roberson

Lawsuit Over Luxury UES Tower Cites Abuse of “Loophole”

The subject of the suit is DDG luxury condo located at 180 E. 88th St. The suit contends that the project’s developers and a pair of New York City agencies took advantage of a loophole in designing the project’s height and configuration.

“The loophole being abused here is just an example of what residents have endured from overdevelopment in our city,” City Councilman Ben Kallos, who is a party to the suit, said in a statement.

Ground broke on the DDG building back in April of 2015. Approximately one year later, however, trouble arose when local community groups voiced concerns over what they saw as an unusual aspect of the location’s zoning. Specifically, they said, the developer had included a separate 4-ft.-by-22-ft. lot along East 88th Street that permitted changing the building to a more suitable shape.