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CurbedWire: Making Room for Karl Fischer on W. 13, Public Housing 'Transitioning'

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VILLAGE?Speaking of Karl Fischer, demolition work has started on the site of a Fischer hotel on W. 13th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. As previously noted, the hotel will rise at 52-54 West 13th Street. It's located across the street from a New School building on a site that was occupied by Taste of Tokyo and La Dolce Vita. Projected completion is 2009. Why should Brooklyn have all the fun? [CurbedWire Inbox]

EVERYWHERE?Sometimes half the fun of writing city government is seeing what kind of form e-mail comes back. Are reader writes: "I wrote the Mayor a letter (an email) via the NYC.gov website regarding my concerns about the housing projects. I expressed my opinion about the obvious drain on resources, and the less than stellar results of this program...I asked whether they have ever considered selling off some, or turning them into co-ops, or something similar. I received a letter a few weeks later indicating that the city is pursuing a number of options regarding housing projects, and that there are some test developments converting to ownership. Go to the website and send an email to the Mayor detailing the same sorts of questions regarding the housing projects. In a few weeks, you will receive the same, or similar, letter, with a list of the housing projects that are now in transition." [CurbedWire Inbox]