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This Week’s Highlights: October 8

Each week we will bring you news on issues related to New York City’s livability. Feel free to comment or post a link to other interesting articles about our city. Urban Omnibus reports on the planning and development of Brooklyn Bridge Park, the first section of which opened on March 22, 2010. Although Phase I of the park build-out isn’t expected to be completed until 2013, some of the controversial development issues may have found an unexpected savior in the Jehovah’s Witness, the New York Post reports. The foreclosure sale of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village that was meant to take place this past Monday has been postponed. “Councilman Daniel R. Garodnick, a lifelong resident of the complexes who often speaks on behalf of the tenants’ association, calls the postponement a ‘distraction that destabilizes’ what had been an orderly process.” (New York Times) The lease on the world-famous Cyclone rollercoaster at Coney Island is up for grabs, reports the New York Post. Carol Hill Albert, whose family has held the lease since 1975, is bidding on the new contract, but may face stiff competition from Luna Park owners Zamperla USA. The Wall Street Journal reports that New York City, one of the most the most densely packed cities in the United States, is not made of just asphalt, concrete and brick. This discovery could help save the city money, claims Sustainable Yards founder Evan Mason.
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