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CurbedWire: Harlem Rezoning Approved, Milstein Mystery Deepens on E. 13th

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HARLEM?Despite last minute efforts to block a vote, the City Council has approved the contentious plan to rezone 125th Street and surrounding blocks. Opponents say the rezoning will lead to more gentrification, displace residents and businesses and change the area signficantly, but supporters have argued it will pave the way for development and reserve space for the arts. Opposition among Council Members diminished after an agreement was reached to increase the amount of "income targeted" affordable housing in new units that would be built under the plan from about 20 percent to 48 percent. Nearly 4,000 units of housing might be built under the rezone. A lawsuit was filed on Monday to stop the plan. Reaction developing. [CurbedWire Inbox]

EAST VILLAGE?Something is going on at the "Milstein Lot." Per a tipster: "Went home for lunch today and noticed that the wall-thingys at the E.13th Street mystery-lot have come down. Last I saw, there were 3-4 guys in there picking up trash/bricks/tree branches, and other sorts of boarded up-vacant-wtf-land ish. What's the deal? Is someone going to finally block my view of 14th street. Oh hell no." [CurbedWire Inbox]