ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW FOR PHYSICAL CULTURE OR HEALTH ESTABLISHMENTS OF LESS THAN 20,000 GROSS SQUARE FEET ELIMINATED FROM BSA SPECIAL PERMIT APPLICATION

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Pursuant to the New York City Zoning Resolution, before opening a physical culture or health establishment (“PCE”), a special permit is required from the Board of Standards and Appeals (“BSA”).  A PCE includes a health club, gym, or any other business offering physical exercise, massage or use of steam rooms and saunas.  The City has made a change to the environmental review process for special permit applications for PCEs by eliminating the need for the environmental review for PCEs under 20,000 gross square feet. This will save many PCE special permit applicants time and money. Read the rest of this entry »

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NYU CORE PROJECT HITS SNAG

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In a blog released in June of 2012, we discussed the City Planning Commission’s approval of New York University’s Core proposal (a/k/a NYU 2031) – a large redevelopment/expansion project in Greenwich Village.  The project was subsequently approved by the City Council with a vote of 44 to 1.   The redevelopment plan was fraught with opposition from local residents, community groups, preservationists, and even faculty and students of New York University.  Opponents of the project challenged the City’s approval in State Court. Read the rest of this entry »

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