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Lawyer Claims One57 Fire Caused Back Injury, ‘Respiratory Pain’

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One57 was on fire over the weekend – literally. The fire reportedly started on a loading dock at the luxury residential tower on Saturday night and was brought under control around 10 p.m., but not before nearby resident and lawyer Michael Hurwitz prepared a lawsuit filed with the state Supreme Court against Extell Development.    

“The whole area was in a blazing fire,” Mr. Hurwitz told Luxury Listings NYC. “It was a very close call … it was 100 percent unacceptable what was going on there.” Read More

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LPC Slams Empire Stores Plan

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The Landmarks Preservation Commission has sided with Dumbo residents who oppose Midtown Equities‘ current plans for the $150 million Empire Stores project.

Criticism centered around designs for the marquee development’s rooftop that include a two-story glass-walled structure and large bulkhead. Read More

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Indian High Court Bars Plaza Hotel Sale

Sahara India Pariwar won’t be selling The Plaza Hotel or any of its other assets any time soon after all. 

The Supreme Court of India issued an order on Friday that prohibits the firm from selling any of its assets — not to mention Sahara chairman Subrata Roy and two other company directors can’t leave the country without Read More

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Security “Turf War” at World Trade Center?

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The The tiff was most recently on display as “rival” command center vehicles for the respective police departments pulled up outside of the site, with the NYPD snubbing Port Authority requests to roll off, according to the report. 

While one law enforcement source called the rivalry “childish” and another apparently laughed it off as a “playground Read More

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Attorney General Reviewing Helmsley Estate Sale

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The New York State Attorney General’s office is reportedly reviewing the Leona M. Helmsley estate’s liquidation of its stake in the properties launched as part of the Empire State Realty Trust REIT last month, which includes the Empire State Building.

The process will begin once the Helmsley estate files a final accounting of the sale Read More

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5Pointz Defenders Now Urging LPC to Designate Building [Updated]

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Tenacious opponents of graffiti shrine 5Pointz‘ planned demolition have resorted to yet another life-extending tactic in the wake of a courtroom defeat last week.

Aerosol artists and their fans held a raucous party at the Long Island City institution over the weekend and said that they would resubmit a proposal to the Landmarks Preservation Commission that would protect the building. Last week, a Brooklyn judge lifted a temporary order that stayed developer G&M Realty‘s demolition of the property and construction of two high rise residential towers on its site.  Read More

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Cushman & Wakefield COO Sues, Claims Discrimination

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Cushman & Wakefield chief operating officer Suzy Reingold is reportedly suing her firm for $20 million, claiming gender and age discrimination after she says she was promised the top spot at the firm but was brushed aside for a younger, male candidate.

“The job is yours,” Ms. Reingold claims she was told when the company’s Read More