The race for City Council speaker — the most powerful citywide post after the mayor — has narrowed to a handful of hopefuls.
The front-runner is reportedly Melissa Mark-Viverito, a councilwoman who represents parts of upper Manhattan and the Bronx. Mark-Viverito is a close ally of the mayor-elect, Bill de Blasio, who has reportedly been lobbying council members to pick her.
Among the...Read more »
It's official, the ice is coming to the Bronx.
The City Council approved plans to transform the Kingsbridge Armory into the city's largest indoor ice rink with a 48-1 vote Tuesday.
When the Kingsbridge National Ice Center opens in 2019, it will feature nine rinks that will be open year round, state of the art facilities and seating for 5,000.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he would...Read more »
Very soon, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio will need to negotiate budgets and laws with the City Council, where his own electoral career began. For better or worse, this means City Hall’s newest power players are likely to start out with an unusual level of familiarity.
During the second of his two council terms — ending with his election to public advocate in 2009 — Democrat de Blasio served alongside...Read more »
Staten Island's next big attraction is one step closer to reality.
The City Council approved the plan Wednesday to create the world's largest Ferris wheel in the borough by a 45 to 0 vote.
The 625-foot wheel is part of a larger redevelopment package for the St. George Waterfront redevelopment proposal that will create a new hot spot that includes a shopping center, restaurants and an...Read more »
The graffiti mecca known as 5 Pointz in Queens will be razed after the City Council Wednesday backed a deal for new residential and retail space.
The owners of 5 Pointz — a Long Island City warehouse covered in graffiti — reached a deal with Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer to construct two residential towers with about 1,000 units, 210 of which will be deemed affordable.
In a nod to 5 Pointz’...Read more »
The City Council Wednesday voted to expand service on the Staten Island Ferry.
Approved by a 46-0 vote, the bill requires the ferry to run every half-hour, instead of every hour during the night, by May 2015. And starting in six months, the ferry will run every 30 minutes in both directions from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. on weekends.
The city Department of Transportation, which runs the ferry,...Read more »
The City Council passed a bill Tuesday to ensure better working conditions for pregnant women.
Under the new regulations, pregnant women will be able to request better accommodations without fear of repercussions, said the bill's sponsor, Councilman James Vacca.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to sign the measure, which passed with 47 yes votes....Read more »