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NYC to add scan Codes to restaurant grades

Want to know why your favorite restaurant or deli got a less-than-stellar grade on its health inspection?Soon the answer will be a smartphone click away. Under a bill passed by the City Council yesterday, city agencies will be required to attach scannable codes, such as Quick Response markers, to permits, licenses and registrations they issue so anyone with a smartphone can instantly download all the dirty details.Patrons who spot a poor rating in a restaurant window will be able to find its permit, which must be publicly displayed, and scan the QR code to get the details behind the grade.Widely available decoder apps allow smartphone users to read QR and other bar codes by taking a pictures of them. But...

NYC Grand Central Area for possible Rezoning

New York City Planning positions East Midtown for upzoning.   The new zoning pays particluar attenition to the Grand Central area.Tom Stoelker / AN The last major rezoning push by the Bloomberg Administration in Manhattan could be upzoning the grand dames around Park, Madison and Grand Central. On June 6, the Department of City Planning (DCP) went to Community Boards 5 and 6 to open the discussion on East Midtown, a-yet-to-be-defined business district surrounding Grand Central. While Midtown is hardly a tabula rasa along the lines of Hudson Yards or the World Trade Center, rezoning has the potential, according to Edith Hsu-Chen, director of DCP’s Manhattan office, to “seed” a healthy amount of new development for the next ten, 20, or 30...

Willets Point (Queens NY) the new highlight of Corona – Flushing

The retain and entertainment complex to abut the west side of Citi Field.Mayor Bloomberg evoked Fitzgerald today when he announced the deal between Sterling Equities and Related Companies to revamp Willets Point. “Today the ‘valley of ashes’ is well on its way to becoming the site of historic private investment,” the mayor said in a statement, referring to the gritty midpoint between Gatsby’s West Egg manse and Manhattan. The plan pegs its success to a  mega entertainment/retail hub just west of the stadium, that sounds very much a part of a trend in projects that used to be called malls, but are now called retail/entertainment attractions (see also the aptly named American Dream in NJ).The 126th Street corridor east of Citifield...

New York City. Leading the way in job creation in all of the United States

Through NYCEDC’s various projects, programs and initiatives, we’re helping create jobs throughout the five boroughs. From development and construction to affordable incubator spaces that nurture startups, from various types of funding to training programs, competitions, and neighborhood improvements, find out what we’re doing to help nurture businesses that create new jobs and fuel our economy.Job Creation by IndustryFashionNew York City’s fashion industry employs 173,000 people, accounting for 5.7% of the City’s workforce and generating nearly $10 billion in total wages with tax revenues of $1.7 billion (source: US Department of Labor).Given that proximity to factories is critical for designers, NYC remains a robust fashion manufacturing center. Fashion manufacturing represents 31% of all manufacturing jobs in NYC (source: Fashion.NYC.2020 Report).Design Entrepreneurs NYC:...

NYC Grand Central Area for possible Rezoning

New York City Planning positions East Midtown for upzoning.   The new zoning pays particluar attenition to the Grand Central area.Tom Stoelker / AN The last major rezoning push by the Bloomberg Administration in Manhattan could be upzoning the grand dames around Park, Madison and Grand Central. On June 6, the Department of City Planning (DCP) went to Community Boards 5 and 6 to open the discussion on East Midtown, a-yet-to-be-defined business district surrounding Grand Central. While Midtown is hardly a tabula rasa along the lines of Hudson Yards or the World Trade Center, rezoning has the potential, according to Edith Hsu-Chen, director of DCP’s Manhattan office, to “seed” a healthy amount of new development for the next ten, 20, or 30...

Willets Point (Queens NY) the new highlight of Corona – Flushing

The retain and entertainment complex to abut the west side of Citi Field.Mayor Bloomberg evoked Fitzgerald today when he announced the deal between Sterling Equities and Related Companies to revamp Willets Point. “Today the ‘valley of ashes’ is well on its way to becoming the site of historic private investment,” the mayor said in a statement, referring to the gritty midpoint between Gatsby’s West Egg manse and Manhattan. The plan pegs its success to a  mega entertainment/retail hub just west of the stadium, that sounds very much a part of a trend in projects that used to be called malls, but are now called retail/entertainment attractions (see also the aptly named American Dream in NJ).The 126th Street corridor east of Citifield...

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Deal to Transform Willets Point (Queens NY)

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Historic Deal to Transform Willets Point Into A Vibrant Destination and Mixed-Use Community Proposal by the Queens Development Group, a Joint Venture of Sterling Equities and Related Companies, Will Unlock Over Five Million Square Feet of New Development and Create 7,100 Permanent Jobs and 12,000 Construction JobsPlan Includes Remediation of 23 Acres of a Long-Contaminated Site, Activation of 126th Street, and Creation of a New Dynamic Retail and Entertainment DestinationMayor Also Announces City Has Acquired 95 Percent of Land Required for Project to Move ForwardMayor Michael Bloomberg and Queens Development Group, a joint venture between Sterling Equities, Inc. and Related Companies today announced the development plans for transforming long-blighted Willets Point into a dynamic mixed-use neighborhood and...

New York City. Leading the way in job creation in all of the United States

Through NYCEDC’s various projects, programs and initiatives, we’re helping create jobs throughout the five boroughs. From development and construction to affordable incubator spaces that nurture startups, from various types of funding to training programs, competitions, and neighborhood improvements, find out what we’re doing to help nurture businesses that create new jobs and fuel our economy.Job Creation by IndustryFashionNew York City’s fashion industry employs 173,000 people, accounting for 5.7% of the City’s workforce and generating nearly $10 billion in total wages with tax revenues of $1.7 billion (source: US Department of Labor).Given that proximity to factories is critical for designers, NYC remains a robust fashion manufacturing center. Fashion manufacturing represents 31% of all manufacturing jobs in NYC (source: Fashion.NYC.2020 Report).Design Entrepreneurs NYC:...

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Deal to Transform Willets Point (Queens NY)

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Historic Deal to Transform Willets Point Into A Vibrant Destination and Mixed-Use Community Proposal by the Queens Development Group, a Joint Venture of Sterling Equities and Related Companies, Will Unlock Over Five Million Square Feet of New Development and Create 7,100 Permanent Jobs and 12,000 Construction JobsPlan Includes Remediation of 23 Acres of a Long-Contaminated Site, Activation of 126th Street, and Creation of a New Dynamic Retail and Entertainment DestinationMayor Also Announces City Has Acquired 95 Percent of Land Required for Project to Move ForwardMayor Michael Bloomberg and Queens Development Group, a joint venture between Sterling Equities, Inc. and Related Companies today announced the development plans for transforming long-blighted Willets Point into a dynamic mixed-use neighborhood and...

Bank of America offering up to $30,000 for short sales

Bank of America is offering some struggling homeowners payments of up to $30,000 if they sell their homes in a short sale and avoid ending up in foreclosure. Under the plan, Bank of America (BAC, Fortune 500) will offer homeowners so-called relocation payments of between $2,500 and $30,000 if they sell their home in a short sale. In short sale deals, the sale price of the home is less than what the seller owes the bank.The bank first tested the payments in a pilot program in Florida last fall. Under that initiative, Bank of America paid up to $20,000 to borrowers who sold their homes in short sales. "This program can help customers make a planned transition from ownership when...

Bank of America offering up to $30,000 for short sales

Bank of America is offering some struggling homeowners payments of up to $30,000 if they sell their homes in a short sale and avoid ending up in foreclosure. Under the plan, Bank of America (BAC, Fortune 500) will offer homeowners so-called relocation payments of between $2,500 and $30,000 if they sell their home in a short sale. In short sale deals, the sale price of the home is less than what the seller owes the bank.The bank first tested the payments in a pilot program in Florida last fall. Under that initiative, Bank of America paid up to $20,000 to borrowers who sold their homes in short sales. "This program can help customers make a planned transition from ownership when...

New Building Permits are up 62.3% in Brooklyn This year for Far

Brooklyn is on the brink of another building boom.After years of inactivity since the recession hit, the borough has seen a whopping 62.3 percent increase in new building permits issued this year. The city’s Buildings Department issued 112 permits for new Brooklyn construction projects from January through April, compared with 69 in the same period last year. Much of the spike is due to more than 350 new units of housing in neighborhoods like Williamsburg and Bedford-Stuyvesant.It’s not the wave of high-rise luxury condos that arrived in the years leading to the 2008 stock market crash. Instead, most of the planned housing consists of one- to three-family homes, and some permits are for projects that stalled after the recession.Developer Abby...

UNLICENSED CONTRACTOR CHARGED WITH STEALING MORE THAN $9,000 FROM QUEENS HOMEOWNERS

Defendant Allegedly Took Money As Down Payment, Then Failed To Do Repairs!Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown today announced that an unlicensed Queens contractorhas been charged with bilking five Queens homeowners out of more than $9,000 paid to him for heatingrepairs and other work to their residences.The contractor allegedly demanded down payments, then failedto do the work. In addition, he allegedly misrepresented himself as being licensed to do electrical andplumbing work in connection with the repairs although he is not licensed.District Attorney Brown said, “The victims in this case, it is alleged, hired the defendant and paidhim substantial amounts of money for work that he never performed. In some instances, the victims –including the elderly – were left without heat...

Permits for New Buildings in Manhattan are up 169% this Year compared to 2011

Manhattan is starting to shake off its construction doldrums and could see the first flurry of building activity since the recession, according to the city's Department of Buildings.Manhattan experienced a 169% spike in new building permits issued so far this year, according to the buildings department, which issued 35 permits for construction including hotels, apartment buildings, an "affordable housing" development and an art gallery in the first four months of 2012. That is up from 13 in the same period last year. Manhattan new-building permits issued so far this year are still below 2008 levels, when 42 permits were issued in the first four months of the year. But the latest spike in permits reflects developers' growing confidence in certain...

New Building Permits are up 62.3% in Brooklyn This year for Far

Brooklyn is on the brink of another building boom.After years of inactivity since the recession hit, the borough has seen a whopping 62.3 percent increase in new building permits issued this year. The city’s Buildings Department issued 112 permits for new Brooklyn construction projects from January through April, compared with 69 in the same period last year. Much of the spike is due to more than 350 new units of housing in neighborhoods like Williamsburg and Bedford-Stuyvesant.It’s not the wave of high-rise luxury condos that arrived in the years leading to the 2008 stock market crash. Instead, most of the planned housing consists of one- to three-family homes, and some permits are for projects that stalled after the recession.Developer Abby...

UNLICENSED CONTRACTOR CHARGED WITH STEALING MORE THAN $9,000 FROM QUEENS HOMEOWNERS

Defendant Allegedly Took Money As Down Payment, Then Failed To Do Repairs!Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown today announced that an unlicensed Queens contractorhas been charged with bilking five Queens homeowners out of more than $9,000 paid to him for heatingrepairs and other work to their residences.The contractor allegedly demanded down payments, then failedto do the work. In addition, he allegedly misrepresented himself as being licensed to do electrical andplumbing work in connection with the repairs although he is not licensed.District Attorney Brown said, “The victims in this case, it is alleged, hired the defendant and paidhim substantial amounts of money for work that he never performed. In some instances, the victims –including the elderly – were left without heat...