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Eyes on the City: What We’re Reading

This weekend, make some hot chocolate, cozy up to the f̶i̶r̶e̶ WPIX yule log, and catch up on the week’s top stories. New York Times: By Finding a New Home for Carriage Horses, Solving a Problem That Doesn’t Exist Jim Dwyer writes that “Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ill-conceived plan to house commercial animals in Central Park is a costly solution in search of a problem.” New York Times: At Art Students League, Air Rights and Airing Grievances A lawsuit is challenging the way decisions are made — including selling rights to a high-rise next door — at the nonprofit art school in Manhattan. Crain’s: The little loophole helping developers build their supertall towers even higher Developers are constructing skyscrapers on stilts New York Times: New Life for Staten Island’s Derelict Farm Colony Part of the colony, where the bank robber Willie Sutton once hid, is being sold to a developer who will create housing for older adults and open space for the public. Wamu 88.5: D.C. Has A New Zoning Code. Here’s How It Could Change The City’s Look And Feel D.C. residents may never have read the D.C. Zoning Code, but its impact is visible throughout the city. The thousands of pages of granular rules and specifications determine how land can be used in D.C. — and, consequently, how the city looks and feels. New York Times: What Donald Trump’s Plaza Deal Reveals About His White House Bid The mogul’s purchase of the Plaza Hotel in 1988 offers insight into the methods and thinking of a deal maker turned presidential candidate. Commercial Observer: Lapsed 421a Break Leaves City’s Real Estate Community Scrambling to Get the Program Back Concerns over transparency prompted the Municipal Art Society to publish a map showing every building that gets 421a with the amount of the tax break and the number of affordable units. The unbelievable story of why Woody Guthrie hated Donald Trump’s dad “Donald did inherit his father’s racism,” the professor who uncovered a long-lost lyric said. And please join us in sending your thoughts and prayers for MAS’s former Chairmain, David Childs, recovering from a lifesaving liver transplant made possible by his son, Josh. NBC New York »» Stay warm and dry. All MAS tours are canceled tomorrow, Saturday, January 23.