Bushwick rezoning plan shelved | Google's expansion in N.Y. contrasts with Amazon's derailed HQ2 bid | Soaring condos characterized 2010s, but trend is waning
January 16, 2020
Construction industry news for the New York City metropolitan area
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Bushwick rezoning plan shelved
The city is halting plans to rezone 300 blocks of Bushwick but is leaving open the possibility of reconsidering if local officials agree to negotiate. The mayor's Bushwick Neighborhood Plan proposed adding 5,613 housing units, 1,873 of which would be permanently below market rate.
Curbed/New York (1/13) 
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Google's expansion in N.Y. contrasts with Amazon's derailed HQ2 bid
Google has been quietly expanding its presence in New York City since it entered the Chelsea neighborhood in 2006. Google has been able to sidestep many of the controversies that derailed Amazon's bid to establish a second headquarters in the Long Island City submarket of Queens.
Bloomberg (tiered subscription model) (1/10) 
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Soaring condos characterized 2010s, but trend is waning
Investors plunged into super high-rise condo projects over the past decade, but enthusiasm is tempering, as almost half of the new units that hit the market in Manhattan after 2015 remain unsold. Stefanos Chen looks at what to expect this year amid growing local resistance to these luxury projects.
The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/10) 
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Map: A look at what's happening in Downtown Brooklyn
Residential and office construction is surging in Downtown Brooklyn. Zoe Rosenberg, Amy Plitt and Valeria Ricciulli review some of the more prominent projects that are underway or envisioned, including a 21-story mixed-use building at 7 Boerum Place.
Curbed/New York (1/13) 
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Innovation & Technology
How cloud tech can serve construction
Cloud technology lets users access and share data from anywhere using common devices. Sheena Ingle explores productivity and safety benefits and cost savings of cloud technology for contractors.
ForConstructionPros (1/9) 
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How construction is evolving with tech, new approaches
Technology and new strategies are slowly but surely transforming the previously change-resistant construction industry. Glenn Ebersole explores some of these trends, including the adoption of project management software and the design-build delivery model, which allows clients to contract a single entity to compose, plan and build.
Reading Eagle (Pa.) (free content) (1/14) 
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Policy Watch
Joint-employer rule finalized
Employers are expected to find it easier to comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act under a final rule for joint-employer liability from the Labor Department. The rule provides examples of relevant business models and clarifies that an employee's "economic dependence" on an employer is not decisive in determining whether it is a joint employer.
HR Dive (1/13) 
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Trump administration proposes NEPA overhaul
A wide range of mostly privately funded and managed projects would be exempt from federal environmental study and public review under a rollback of the National Environmental Policy Act proposed by the Trump administration. Major federal construction projects also would benefit from a clearer path to launch, but environmental groups are expected to oppose the change in court.
The Associated Press (1/9),  Engineering News-Record (1/9) 
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How supertall One Vanderbilt met zoning rules
The supertall One Vanderbilt has been roughly 20 years in the making and is set to open in August. Developers methodically acquired surrounding properties to comply with the city's zoning policy that otherwise would have limited the building to less than half its currently planned height.
Spectrum News (1/8) 
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Carpenters & Contractors in the News
Airbnb teams with carpenters union with eye to NYC
Airbnb has partnered with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America to use the union's labor in its real estate ventures. The agreement is expected to give Airbnb a key ally and a leg up in battles with New York officials.
The Real Deal magazine (New York City) (1/2020) 
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Javits Convention Center Expansion Project
Check out this video of the Javits Expansion Project. Union carpenters and contractors are proud to be building the 1.2 million square foot addition of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. This $1.7 billion expansion project will allow the facility, already the busiest convention center in the country, to continue competing for convention and exhibition business that creates $2 billion in annual economic activity and thousands of jobs in New York City.
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Searchable contractor directory
Visit our searchable directory of union carpentry contractors in the New York City metropolitan area. It includes listings of 14 contractor associations and their members, contractors that have union agreements independently or with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, and contractors certified as MWBEs. General building, concrete, wall and ceiling, millwrights, heavy construction, dockbuilders and timbermen, floor coverers, woodwork and cabinetry and more - it's all in one place.
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Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else's.
Billy Wilder,
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