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Breaking Ground at 7 Bryant Park; Officials Try To Save LICH

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MIDTOWN WEST?With Mayor Mike in attendance, ground was broken at 7 Bryant Park (aka 1045 Sixth Avenue), the future site of a glassy 28-story tower that'll look like those shiny renderings above. It will serve as the replacement for the old, boxy, modernist Milliken Building, which was demolished in 2009. [CurbedWire Inbox; previously]

COBBLE HILL?Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and a host of other elected officials have called for a zoning change at the Long Island College Hospital campus that would ultimately protect Cobble Hill. The impetus? SUNY Downstate has already started a process that would eventually close LICH, allowing the school to build more (and make more money) on the same site. Area residents fear that high-rise development could ensue, and so officials are calling for a 50-foot height limit to be placed on the campus?which would ensure that the university won't be able to build anything too out of character with the neighborhood. [CurbedWire Inbox; previously]

GREENWICH VILLAGE?Preservation groups like the Soho Alliance and the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation are urging opponents of New York University's mega-expansion plan to head down to the New York State Supreme Court on Centre Street tomorrow. In the latest development in the major lawsuit brought against NYU by the GVSHP, faculty, and others, former Parks Commissioner Henry Stern will testify in front of a judge that part of the area the school is attempting to redevelop is actually parkland. [CurbedWire Inbox, previously]