This week, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved St. Vincent’s Hospital’s hardship application, which will allow them to demolish the historic O’Toole Building (pictured here) in order to build a new hospital building.

Recent news from City Planning: the City Council has approved the
St. George Special District, and DCP recently certified the Forest Hills Special District, beginning the ULURP process.

City Room reports today that bike commuting is on the rise – the number of commuter cyclists in NYC rose 35% from 2007-2008! Note: the Brooklyn Bridge will be closed to cyclists this weekend while the DOT implements bike traffic-calming measures.

Brownstoner reports on a downzoning that is in the works for Greenpoint and Williamsburg.