Store-owners say sidewalk sheds are killing their businesses, especially when the wooden barriers stay up for years. But critics say a Council bill to impose time limits will raise costs and create more delays.
Tabloids say there’s a surge in street homelessness. The de Blasio administration disagrees. With only a much maligned, once-a-year survey to go by, it’s hard to say who’s right.
Mayor de Blasio promises to follow up on campaign promises and bring planning closer to the community. But he’ll face obstacles delivering on those vows.
The de Blasio administration is launching a new offensive against “rat reservoirs,” tackling a problem we wrote about last year.
The area’s improvement—thanks to community action and city policy—is undeniable. What’s debated is whether the same displacement seen in Bed-Stuy and Bushwick is headed that way.
The city says there was no post-Sandy rat explosion. But rats are still a major complaint in several neighborhoods, as experts say New York could do more to rebuff rodents.