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Solar Empowerment Zones and Interest-Free Loans for Small Businesses

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MAS in the Press: Roland Lewis, President of the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, is answering questions this week about the waterfront on the New York Times‘ City Blog; one in reference to the proposed East Side Waterfront Park. New Penn Station links to coverage of Access to the Region’s Core (ARC) a proposal that will create a new tunnel under the Hudson River that will connect to Penn Station.

MAS Issues in the Press: – An alternative energy forum at the City Council today will discuss the possibility of solar empowerment zones, wherein groups of buildings would join together to reduce costs of upgrading to solar energy (New York Sun).

– City officials launched their $750,000 program, in the form of grants and interest-free loans, to assist small and local businesses affected by the 125th Street Rezoning (New York Daily News). Queens Borough President Helen Marshall has come out in support for the proposed Willet’s Point rezoning, given the inclusion of more affordable housing (Crain’s New York Business).

– A new trolley tour of Staten Island features architectural and historical highlights of the borough (New York Times). Communal balconies, while rare in New York, cluster in Spanish Harlem and near Washington Square Park (New York Sun).