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Chase Plaza Open; Rangel Center Skips Community Board

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FINANCIAL DISTRICT—A tipster informs us that the barricades are down at Chase Manhattan Plaza, which has been closed to the public since last summer. The speculation at the time was that Chase was trying to prevent an Occupy Wall Street-style protest, although the bank claimed they were just doing a pre-planned renovation (although they refused to reveal any further details). Landmarks violations and lawsuits followed, but now, apparently, the Plaza is open to the public once again and the scaffolding around the Dubuffet sculpture is down. Got any pictures? We'd love to see them. [CurbedWire Inbox; previously]

HARLEM—Community members are upset that an addition to the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at City College was approved by the Landmarks Commission yesterday without ever having gone before Community Board 9, believing that the application was pushed through because it has the congressman's name attached to it and that it is not being properly reviewed. "I just cannot believe this would have been approved otherwise," said architectural historian Michael Henry Adams. "The addition is too big and detracts from the landmark." [DNAinfo]