News Clips: April 5-7, 2010

Developers See Possibility (and Value) in Old Steel
The New York Times
Square Feet: As commercial real estate development nearly comes to a halt in the economic downturn, some well-capitalized investors are focusing instead on sprucing up existing properties.

New York named eighth most bike-friendly city in America by Bicycling magazine
The New York Daily News
The city’s cycling landscape has transformed in the past few years, as city Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan has made it a priority to accommodate more cyclists.

Ancient Indian Village in Rhode Island Pits Preservation Against Property Rights
The New York Times
Square Feet: Preservation versus property rights in Narragansett, RI.

The Hive at 55: A Haven for Freelancers in NYC
The Huffington Post
Many people welcome the autonomy and flexibility of freelance work, but also yearn for the social networks and support services that they had in a workplace. Working at your dining room table or the local coffee shop can be lonely. The Hive at 55 meets many of those needs and is becoming a community as well as a workspace for freelancers.

Pedestrian-mall plan expanding
The New York Post
City officials, pleased with the success of the traffic ban in Times and Herald squares, yesterday asked community groups to submit smaller-scale ideas to expand the program around the city. The Department of Transportation is asking nonprofits to focus on neighborhoods such as Murray Hill and the Upper East Side, as well as Astoria, Queens, and Borough Park, Brooklyn.

Subway Station Gets Makeover, Light and Glass Included
The New York Times
The new 96th Street Station has opened on the Upper West Side.

Bookshelf: The Battle for Gotham
Metropolis
Book review: The Battle for Gotham: New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs

Liberty Tower: A Storied Skyscraper With Much to Celebrate
The New York Times
Liberty Tower, a 33-story neo-Gothic skyscraper adorned with terra-cotta gargoyles, birds, alligators and flowers, is celebrating not only its 100th year but also the completion of a $5 million repair job on its facade, which was damaged by the 2001 collapse of the nearby World Trade Center.

Off the Rails
The New York Times
New taxi chief David Yassky has big plans in store for the TLC, including more cabs outside of Manhattan.