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Extell sues nonprofit over Upper West Side skyscraper

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Plus, Gov. Cuomo resurfaces plan for a high-speed rail from Albany to NYC—and more intel in today’s New York Minute news roundup

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Extell’s legal battle over Upper West Side skyscraper continues

Back in September, two legal challenges against Extell’s Upper West Side skyscraper at 50 West 66th Street were dismissed by the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals. Now, in a new lawsuit, Extell claims that the nonprofit that has been suing the development, City Club of New York, violated an agreement to drop their case against the project for a $300,000 settlement, while “secretively” continuing to pursue the case, the Commercial Observer reports.

But City Club denies that something had been agreed upon: “No one agreed at any point on behalf of the City Club that the dispute was settled.” Richard Emery, lawyer for City Club, told the Commercial Observer.

The 775-foot-tall tower, designed by Snøhetta, would become the tallest on the Upper West Side. Since it was announced in 2017, it has faced a slew of legal challenges and opposition from preservationists, neighbors, and City Council member Helen Rosenthal.

And in other news...

  • Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said an affordable housing project on land owned by NYCHA, Stonewall House in Fort Greene, should allocate more of its units for existing NYCHA residents.
  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo resurfaced a plan for a high-speed rail from Albany to New York City, even though it’s been already deemed not feasible.
  • New York City needs an abolition museum.
  • The New York Times takes a look at the year in NYC real estate.
  • Demolition is moving ahead at 270 Park Avenue to make way for JP Morgan’s new Midtown East supertall.
  • An East Harlem tenant paid $1/month in rent for five months (yes, you read that right).
  • And, finally, yesterday was Empty NYC Day: