De Blasio taps Anita Laremont to take over Marisa Lago’s City Planning roles

Mayor Bill de Blasio has tapped Anita Laremont to take on two new roles: City Planning Commission chair and director of the Department of City Planning. Laremont, who has served as executive director of the Department of City Planning since 2018, succeeds Marisa Lago, who earlier this month was nominated by President Biden for a position at the Department of Commerce. It is not clear whether Laremont will also maintain her role as executive director.

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Queens homeowners demand answers for flooding

Queens homeowners protested three weeks after Hurricane Ida, alleging the city hasn’t adequately addressed complaints about flooding issues in their neighborhood. About 20 homeowners who live in a low-lying area of Hollis gathered at Queens Borough Hall on Tuesday, according to Gothamist. They cited the rising concern of climate change and the existing flood risk facing certain areas in the borough as an infrastructure issue in desperate need of official attention. The homeowners also questioned

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For real this time? City schedules tax lien sale

With just a little more than three months left in its existence, the de Blasio administration said Tuesday it would finally hold its oft-delayed property tax lien sale. The city’s Department of Finance announced it will hold the sale Dec. 14, except for properties owing water and sewer debt. The sale has been postponed repeatedly since May 2020, first by the city and then by the state. The proximate reason for the delays was the

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Biden nominates City Planning director Marisa Lago for Commerce Dept role

President Biden plans to nominate the head of City Planning for a key role in the U.S. Commerce Department. If confirmed, Marisa Lago would serve as under secretary of commerce for international trade, the White House announced in a press release Monday. Lago has served as director of the Department of City Planning and chair of the City Planning Commission since March 2017. Prior to that, she served in the Obama administration as Assistant Secretary

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“Heartbreaking:” Astoria Sports Complex sells to self-storage developer

Local residents could have enjoyed a new ice skating rink and soccer field above the popular batting cages at the Astoria Sports Complex in Queens. Instead, the 53,500-square foot building will be replaced by a self-storage facility. Storage Deluxe bought the building at 34-38 38th Street on Aug. 17 for $20 million, property records show. The company plans to add seven stories atop the structure, opening 125,000 square feet of storage by early 2023, a

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To vax or not to vax: group sues de Blasio over Key to NYC

A group of individuals including right-wing political candidates have filed a lawsuit against Mayor Bill de Blasio, claiming that his requirement that customers show their vaccine cards in order to partake in indoor activities is unjust and discriminatory. The plaintiffs vary from restaurant owners who claim to have lost business, to customers who don’t want anyone aside from their doctors to know about their vaccination status. Under the executive order — known as the Key

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New NYC vaccine mandate to begin tomorrow

Two weeks after the city announced new vaccination requirements, the mandate is set to go into effect tomorrow. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the vaccine mandate would begin on Tuesday, August 17. Many indoor businesses will be required to check for proof of vaccination before allowing patrons to enter. “The Key to NYC sends a powerful message that vaccination will unlock our city’s potential, and we’ll stop at nothing to save lives and keep

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NYC to require vaccines for indoor dining, gyms and performance venues

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced new requirements for indoor activities as New York City tries to increase vaccination rates amid rising caseloads driven by the Delta variant. On Tuesday, the mayor announced that proof of vaccination against Covid will be required for activities such as indoor dining, going to the gym or attending performances. Workers at those places will also need to be vaccinated, according to the New York Times. Enforcement of the requirements, the

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De Blasio bumps up city vouchers as state increase stalls

Mayor Bill de Blasio bumped up the value of city housing vouchers to federal levels Friday, then highlighted that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has yet to do the same for the state’s program. “Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal and State Senator Brian Kavanagh successfully sponsored legislation to similarly increase state vouchers, but the bill has not yet been signed by the governor,” a press release from the mayor’s office said. The release did not mention that the bill

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NYC hotels getting busier, but still struggling

The hotel industry is finally seeing some signs of life in New York City, with a 3.7 percent rise in rooms booked last week. Hotels in the city sold 481,000 rooms last week, the most since the pandemic began. It was an increase of 17,000, or 3.7 percent, from the previous week, according to Bloomberg News. Still, the publication noted around 100 hotels remain closed, CoStar has reported, and the market is in a depression.

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