The ongoing controversy over the proposed East Village/Lower East Side rezoning continued in earnest this week, with a group of opponents delivering a 10,000 signature petition to Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. (via City Room, photo via Village Voice).

The Empire State Development Corporation officially declared Manhattanville “blighted,” paving the way for the use of eminent domain for Columbia University’s expansion plan. (via Gothamist)

AM New York examined 10 NYC historic buildings that are in various stages of neglect.