The New York Observer

January 29, 2012, 1pm PST
This past week, Frommer's ranked the world's worst airports, and all three of New York's made the top ten. Matt Chaban looks at the reasons why, and some possible solutions on the horizon.
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January 20, 2012, 11am PST
If you never knew, or thought you knew, the reason why there are no skyscrapers in the middle of the Big Apple, Matt Chaban reports on the true cause, debunking a popular myth.
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December 21, 2011, 11am PST
Thomas Balsley has designed more Privately-Owned Public Spaces (POPS) in New York than anyone. In this op-ed he expresses his support for continuing to encourage the creation of these spaces, regardless of the ownership issues.
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December 8, 2011, 6am PST
Public plazas aren't just for Manhattan. As part of DOT's Public Plazas program, one outer Brooklyn neighborhood has seen a traffic island turned into a pedestrian plaza. Matt Chaban reports on the praise it has earned.
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December 7, 2011, 8am PST
While the article is headlined "We Need More Zoning," the body is more about the need to plan public spaces well before architects and developers come in to guide their projects for the public good.
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August 31, 2011, 6am PDT
Neglected for decades, a group of tenement buildings in New York City are set to be renovated to provide a new source of affordable housing.
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November 3, 2010, 1pm PDT
For Halloween, a group of designers from Steven Holl turned their favorite architects into jack-o-lanterns.
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September 17, 2010, 5am PDT
A year-old program in New York City intended to convert stalled condo projects into completed affordable housing has yet to make any progress.
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May 4, 2010, 2pm PDT
Adolfo Carrion, director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs, has announced plans to leave his position, trading it for a post in the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
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August 2, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>This article from <em>The New York Observer</em> looks at how New York City might be different with more "livable streets".</p>
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December 16, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>Daniel Doctoroff, deputy mayor for economic development and rebuilding in New York, discusses the changing (and more deliberate) way the city now goes about pursuing development projects.</p>
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September 6, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>Protests, lawsuits, and accidents have caused big delays in the construction of the controversial Atlantic Yards mixed use project in Brooklyn, New York. But the developers say the project will be completed on time.</p>
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July 13, 2007, 10am PDT
<p>In this Q&amp;A, the new president of New York's Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance talks about what metropolitan New York can and should do to revitalize its 700 miles of waterfront.</p>
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January 22, 2007, 6am PST
<p>The long and convoluted tale of the demise of a container port and the planned rebirth of a piece of Brooklyn waterfront.</p>
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May 28, 2006, 11am PDT
A web of politics, lobbying, and profit motives have developers scrambling in support of a rail link that could have a significant impact on the economy of New York City and state.
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March 31, 2006, 2pm PST
Replacing water with slipperiness in an unexpected place can save energy.
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March 24, 2006, 7am PST
The former home of a prominent Jewish-American newspaper now represents the hottest conversion in the fast-changing New York neighborhood.
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March 3, 2006, 6am PST
Citing an increased need for housing affordability, Bloomberg establishes a task force to examine an outdated pro-development city initiative.
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February 18, 2006, 9am PST
Brooklyn's Fulton Street Mall is a shadow of its former self. How will it attract a 'new clientele' without focusing solely on whites, and the possibility of gentrification?
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January 12, 2006, 7am PST
Multiple lawsuits from major clients dampen the "starchitect's" success.
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