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Scaffolding Up at Vinoly Site; New Tenants' Rights Task Force

NOMAD—A tipster sent us this photo of 281 Fifth Avenue, where developer Victor Homes is planning a 51-story condo tower designed by starchitect Rafael Vinoly (of 432 Park Avenue fame). Scaffolding is now up at the site, as as demolition permits for the existing building were approved back in December, it looks like this one is primed to get underway. [CurbedWire Inbox; previously]

NEW YORK CITY—The city and state have established a new task force, the Tenant Harassment Prevention Task Force, to combat abusive landlords who try to push tenants out of their apartments via intimidation, disruptive renovations, and other unscrupulous tactics. The task force "marks another step toward all levels of government coming to grips with this problem [of tenant harrassment] and taking the reins and addressing it," Mayor de Blasio said. [DNAinfo; previously]