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Morning Reads: Chrystie Hotel Controversy, Cop Charged with Assault, Sandy vs. Katrina

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  • In October we reported that the Sperone Westwater Gallery was opposing a new 25-story hotel project at 215 Chrystie Street.  Yesterday the Board of Standards and Appeals postponed deciding whether the project can move forward until next month.  Today the Wall Street Journal takes a look at the contentious issue (WSJ).
  • Besemah Rogers, an off duty NYPD sergeant, was charged with assault, after a dispute with a woman over luggage space on a Chinatown bus (Post).
  • A Bronx man is convicted of raping a woman in Soho in 2008 (Post).
  • Sheldon Silver says he’s confident the state ethics board will find he acted properly in dealing with the Vito Lopez harassment cases (Buffalo News).
  • The mayor makes his pitch in Washington today for federal aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy (Post).
  • Comparing Sandy and Katrina – which storm was more impactful? (NYT)


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  1. How many more “Times Square” areas do we really need in NYC? This area (at least on Bowery) is already a traffic nightmare — I dont even drive, but the noise of the horns all day are just hideous! I think it’s crazy how fast they are going to over develop the neighborhood (the whole island of Manhattan for that matter) and ruin everything that is special about NYC that made people want to come to New York to begin with!

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