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583 Park Wins RLUIPA Case

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The New York Times reports that the Third Church of Christ, Scientist at 583 Park Avenue won their Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) case in Federal District Court yesterday, allowing the Church to maintain a catering hall in an area whose zoning prohibits commercial activities. MAS held a continuing legal education course on the impacts of RLUIPA on city planning and zoning surrounding religious institutions. To learn more, click here.

In other news, preservations are supporting the Cipriani family’s attempt to landmark the Rainbow Room…the banquet hall in the penthouse of 30 Rockefeller Plaza (New York Observer)

As financial institutions consolidate, close, and move into new headquarters, the amount of available office space in Manhattan has doubled from last year (New York Times)

Daniel Liebeskind reveals renderings for proposed New York tower at Madison Square Park (Architect’s Newspaper Blog)

New proposals for Pier 57 on West 15th Street will be presented to the Hudson River Park Trust on Monday (Crain’s New Yokr Business)

Manhattan Community Board 4 votes tonight on the proposed Enrique Norton Towers on the far west side (New York Post)