BQGreen: Electeds demand 3.5-acre park in Williamsburg to compensate for BQE "As Gov. Kathy Hocul’s administration and the city struggle to finalize the plans for the BQE’s long-needed restoration, Brooklyn electeds are pulling the plans for BQGreen from the shelf....Local leaders and community groups are demanding the inclusion of a 3.5-acre park, which they claim would bring much-needed relief to southern Williamsburg." (Brooklyn Paper)

Three modern penthouses added to Upper West Side’s historic Astor building "The brand-new apartments top one of New York City’s most iconic condominiums, which consists of three interconnected towers on Broadway between West 75th and West 76th Streets." (6sqft)

A $48 billion debt is crushing the MTA. Paying it off could disrupt the future of NYC transit. "For the last 40 years, the MTA has taken out loans to help pay for new tracks, stations, trains and buses — and maintain the ones it already owns. Money from fares, tolls and taxes pays back the lenders, plus interest....That business model worked until the pandemic sent ridership plummeting. This year, the payments on the debt are slated to exceed $3 billion – a 600% increase from $425 million in 1993, according to a Gothamist investigation." (Gothamist)

The Addabbo Bridge Protected Bike Lane Is Almost Here (Seriously) "The painted bike lane on the the Addabbo Bridge, once dubbed a 'murderstrip' for the danger in which it puts cyclists, will be protected with a wide buffer, plus a new barrier-protected two-way bike lane will be built to replace the painted lane on the west side of the bridge, the Department of Transportation announced this week." (Streetsblog NYC)

Rent Board Approves 3% Hike for Stabilized Tenants "While the increase is at the lower end of the range the RGB previously had proposed, it’s larger than any hike from the de Blasio years." (The City)