Thursday, March 25, 2010

Request for Evaluation

I sent out a Request for Evaluation form pertaining to the Cafe Rouge. If the building itself can't be saved, maybe the Cafe Rouge can.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

List of Subsidiarys owned by Vorndao.


 Name of Subsidiary                                  State
14 West 64th Street Corp.                           New York                    
150 East 58th Street L.L.C.                         New York                    
1740 Broadway Associates L.P.                       Delaware                    
20 Broad Lender L.L.C.                              New York                    
201 East 66th Street Corp.                          New York                    
201 East 66th Street L.L.C.                         New York                    
314 West 40th Street L.L.C.                         New York                    
330 Madison Company L.L.C.                          New York                    
350 North Orleans L.L.C.                            Delaware                    
40 East 14 Realty Associates L.L.C.                 New York                    
40 Fulton Street L.L.C.                             New York                    
401 Commercial Son, L.L.C.                          Delaware                    
401 Commercial, L.P.                                Delaware                    
401 General Partner, L.L.C.                         Delaware                    
401 Hotel General Partner, L.L.C.                   Delaware                    
401 Hotel, L.P.                                     Delaware                    
527 West Kinzie L.L.C.                              Delaware                    
570 Lexington Associates, L.P.                      New York                    
570 Lexington Company, L.P.                         New York                    
689 5th Avenue L.L.C.                               Delaware                    
770 Broadway Company L.L.C.                         New York                    
825 Seventh Avenue Holding L.L.C.                   New York                    
866 U.N. Plaza Associates L.L.C.                    New York                    
888 Seventh Avenue L.L.C.                           New York                    
909 Third Avenue Assignee L.L.C.                    New York                    
AmeriCold Corporation                               Oregon                      
AmeriCold Logistics II L.L.C.                       Delaware                    
AmeriCold Logistics L.L.C                           Delaware                    
AmeriCold Real Estate, L.P.                         Delaware                    
AmeriCold Realty, Inc.                              Delaware                    
Americold Services Corporation                      Delaware                    
Amherst Holding L.L.C.                              New York                    
Amherst Industries L.L.C.                           New York                    
Arbor Property, L.P.                                Delaware                    
Atlanta Parent, Inc.                                Delaware                    
Atlantic City Holding L.L.C.                        New Jersey                  
B&B Park Avenue L.P.                            Delaware                    
BBE GP Corporation                                  Delaware                    
Bensalem Holding Company L.L.C.                     Pennsylvania                
Bensalem Holding Company L.P.                       Pennsylvania                
Bethlehem Holding Company L.L.C.                    Pennsylvania                
Bethlehem Holding Company L.P.                      Pennsylvania                
Bethlehem Properties Holding Company L.L.C.         Pennsylvania                
Bethlehem Properties Holding Company L.P.           Pennsylvania
Bordentown Holding L.L.C.                           New Jersey 
Brentwood Development L.L.C.                        New York                    
Bridgeland Warehouses L.L.C.                        New Jersey                  
Camden Holding L.L.C.                               New Jersey                  
Carmar Freezers Russellville, L.L.C.                Missouri                    
Carmar Group, Inc.                                  Missouri                    
Carmar Industries, L.L.C.                           Missouri                    
Charles E. Smith Commercial Realty L.P.             Delaware                    
Chicopee Holding L.L.C.                             Massachusetts               
Clementon Holding L.L.C.                            New Jersey                  
Cumberland Holding L.L.C.                           New Jersey                  
Darby Development Corp.                             Florida                     
Delran Holding L.L.C.                               New Jersey                  
Design Center Owner (D.C.) L.L.C.                   Delaware                    
Dover Holding L.L.C.                                New Jersey                  
DSAC L.L.C.                                         Texas                       
DUN L.L.C.                                          Maryland                    
Durham Leasing L.L.C.                               New Jersey                  
EH L.L.C.                                           Maryland                    
Eleven Penn Plaza L.L.C.                            New York                    
Evesham Holding L.L.C.                              New Jersey                  
Gallery Market Holding Company L.L.C.               Pennsylvania                
Gallery Market Holding Company L.P.                 Pennsylvania                
Gallery Market Properties Holding Company L.L.C.    Pennsylvania                
Gallery Market Properties Holding Company L.P.      Pennsylvania                
GBSPI L.L.C.                                        Maryland                    
Graybar Building L.L.C.                             New York                    
Green Acres Mall, L.L.C.                            Delaware                    
Hackbridge L.L.C.                                   New Jersey                  
Hanover Conran's Plaza L.L.C.                       New Jersey                  
Hanover Holding L.L.C.                              New Jersey                  
Hanover Industries L.L.C.                           New Jersey                  
Hanover Leasing L.L.C.                              New Jersey                  
Hanover Public Warehousing L.L.C.                   New Jersey                  
Henrietta Holding L.L.C.                            New York                    
HHC L.L.C.                                          Maryland                    
Jersey City Leasing L.L.C.                          New Jersey                  
Kearny Holding L.L.C.                               New Jersey                  
Kearny Leasing L.L.C.                               New Jersey                  
Lancaster Leasing Company L.L.C.                    Pennsylvania                
Lancaster Leasing Company L.P.                      Pennsylvania                
Landthorp Enterprises L.L.C.                        Delaware                    
Lawnside Holding L.L.C.                             New Jersey                  
Lawnwhite Holding L.L.C.                            New Jersey                  
Lewisville Centre L.P.                              Texas                       
Lewisville TC L.L.C.                                Texas                       
Littleton Holding L.L.C.                            New Jersey                  
Lodi Industries L.L.C.                              New Jersey                  
Lodi Leasing L.L.C.                                 New Jersey                  
M 330 Associates, L.P.                              New York                    
M 393 Associates L.L.C.                             New York                    
Manalapan Industries L.L.C.                         New Jersey                  
Market Square L.L.C.                                Illinois                    
Marple Holding Company L.L.C.                       Pennsylvania                
Marple Holding Company L.P.                         Pennsylvania                
Mart Franchise Center, Inc.                         Delaware 
Mart Franchise Venture, L.L.C.                      Delaware 
Menands Holding L.L.C.                              New York                    
Mendik Management Company Inc.                      New York                    
Merchandise Mart Enterprises, Inc.                  Delaware                    
Merchandise Mart L.L.C.                             Delaware                    
Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc.                   Delaware                    
Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (DE)              Delaware                    
Mesquite - Texas Crossing L.P.                      Texas                       
Mesquite TC L.L.C.                                  Texas                       
Middletown Holding L.L.C.                           New Jersey                  
Montclair Holding L.L.C.                            New Jersey                  
Morris Plains Leasing L.L.C.                        New Jersey                  
MRC Management L.L.C.                               New York                    
National Hydrant L.L.C.                             New York                    
New Hanover L.L.C.                                  New Jersey                  
New Woodbridge L.L.C.                               New Jersey                  
Newington Connecticut Holding L.L.C.                Connecticut                 
Ninety Park Lender LLC                              New York                    
Ninety Park Manager LLC                             New York                    
Ninety Park Option LLC                              New York                    
Ninety Park Property LLC                            New York                    
North Bergen Stores L.L.C.                          New Jersey                  
North Plainfield Holding L.L.C.                     New Jersey                  
Office Center Owner (D.C.) L.L.C.                   Delaware                    
One Penn Plaza LLC                                  New York                    
Philadelphia Holding Company L.L.C.                 Pennsylvania                
Philadelphia Holding Company L.P.                   Pennsylvania                
Phillipsburg Holding L.L.C.                         New Jersey                  
Pike Holding Company L.L.C.                         Pennsylvania                
Pike Holding Company L.P.                           Pennsylvania                
Portland Parent, Inc.                               Delaware                    
Rahway Leasing L.L.C.                               New Jersey                  
Rochester Holding L.L.C.                            New York                    
Russia Fund, L.L.C.                                 Delaware                    
Skillman Abrams Crossing L.P.                       Texas                       
South Capital L.L.C.                                Delaware                    
Springfield Holding L.L.C.                          Massachusetts               
Star Universal L.L.C.                               New Jersey                  
Stardial GP Corporation                             Delaware                    
T.G. Hanover L.L.C.                                 New Jersey                  
T53 Condominium L.L.C.                              New York                    
TGSI L.L.C.                                         Maryland                    
The Second Lawnside L.L.C.                          New Jersey                  
The Second Rochester Holding L.L.C.                 New York                    
Turnersville Holding L.L.C.                         New Jersey                  
Two Guys From Harrison Holding Co. L.P.             Pennsylvania                
Two Guys From Harrison Holding Co. LLC              Pennsylvania                
Two Guys From Harrison L.L.C.                       New Jersey                  
Two Guys From Harrison N.Y. L.L.C.                  New York                    
Two Guys Mass. L.L.C.                               Massachusetts               
Two Guys-Connecticut Holding L.L.C.                 Connecticut                 
Two Park Company                                    New York                    
Two Penn Plaza REIT, Inc.                           New York                    
Unado L.L.C.                                        New Jersey                  
Unifreeze Services Partnership                      Delaware                    
Upper Moreland Holding Company L.L.C.               Pennsylvania 
Upper Moreland Holding Company L.P.                 Pennsylvania 
URS Logistics, Inc.                                 Delaware                    
URS Real Estate, L.P.                               Delaware                    
URS Realty, Inc.                                    Delaware                    
VC Carthage, L.L.C.                                 Delaware                    
VC Freezer Amarillo, L.P.                           Delaware                    
VC Freezer Fremont, L.L.C.                          Delaware                    
VC Freezer Garden City, L.L.C.                      Delaware                    
VC Freezer Omaha Amarillo, L.L.C.                   Delaware                    
VC Freezer Phoenix, L.L.C.                          Delaware                    
VC Freezer Russelville, L.L.C.                      Delaware                    
VC Freezer Sioux Falls, L.L.C.                      Delaware                    
VC Freezer Springdale, L.L.C.                       Delaware                    
VC Logistics, L.L.C.                                Delaware                    
VC Missouri Holdings, L.L.C.                        Delaware                    
VC Missouri Real Estate Holding, L.L.C.             Delaware                    
VC Omaha Holdings, L.L.C.                           Delaware                    
VC Omaha Real Estate Holdings, L.L.C.               Delaware                    
VC Omaha Texas, L.L.C.                              Delaware                    
VC Superior, L.L.C.                                 Delaware                    
VC Texas, L.P.                                      Delaware                    
VFC Connecticut Holding L.L.C.                      Delaware                    
VFC Massachusetts Holding L.L.C.                    Delaware                    
VFC New Jersey Holding L.L.C.                       Delaware                    
VNK Corp                                            Massachusetts               
Vornado - Westport L.L.C.                           Connecticut                 
Vornado 1740 Broadway L.L.C.                        New York                    
Vornado 330 West 34th Street L.L.C.                 Delaware                    
Vornado 401 Commercial L.L.C.                       New York                    
Vornado 401 Commercial Son L.L.C.                   New York                    
Vornado 401 Hotel, Inc.                             New York                    
Vornado 550/600 Mamoroneck L.P.                     Delaware                    
Vornado 570 Lexington L.L.C.                        New York                    
Vornado 63rd Street, Inc.                           New York                    
Vornado 640 Fifth Avenue L.L.C.                     New York                    
Vornado 90 Park Avenue L.L.C.                       New York                    
Vornado B&B L.L.C.                              New York                    
Vornado CAPI L.L.C.                                 Delaware                    
Vornado Catalinas GP Inc.                           Delaware                    
Vornado Center Building L.L.C.                      New York                    
Vornado CESCR II L.L.C.                             Delaware                    
Vornado CESCR L.L.C.                                Delaware                    
Vornado Crescent Atlanta Partnership                Delaware                    
Vornado Crescent Holding L.P.                       Delaware                    
Vornado Crescent Logistics Operating Partnership    Delaware                    
Vornado Crescent Omaha Partnership                  Delaware                    
Vornado Crescent Portland Partnership               Delaware                    
Vornado Deer Park L.L.C.                            New York                    
Vornado Finance GP L.L.C.                           Delaware                    
Vornado Finance L.P.                                Delaware                    
Vornado Green Acres Acquisition L.L.C.              Delaware                    
Vornado Green Acres Delaware L.L.C.                 Delaware                    
Vornado Green Acres Funding L.L.C.                  Delaware                    
Vornado Green Acres Holdings L.L.C.                 Delaware                    
Vornado Investments L.L.C.                          Delaware                    
Vornado Lending L.L.C.                              New Jersey 
Vornado M 330 L.L.C.                                New York 
Vornado M 393 L.L.C.                                New York                    
Vornado M/H L.L.C.                                  Delaware                    
Vornado Mamaroneck L.L.C.                           Delaware                    
Vornado Management Corp.                            New Jersey                  
Vornado Montehiedra Acquisition L.L.C.              Delaware                    
Vornado Montehiedra Acquisition L.P.                Delaware                    
Vornado Montehiedra Holding II L.P.                 Delaware                    
Vornado Montehiedra Holding L.L.C.                  Delaware                    
Vornado Montehiedra Holding L.P.                    Delaware                    
Vornado Montehiedra Inc.                            Delaware                    
Vornado Montehiedra OP L.L.C.                       Delaware                    
Vornado Montehiedra OP L.P.                         Delaware                    
Vornado New York RR One L.L.C.                      New York                    
Vornado Newkirk L.L.C.                              Massachusetts               
Vornado NK Loan L.L.C.                              Massachusetts               
Vornado Omaha Holdings, Inc.                        Delaware                    
Vornado Realty L.L.C.                               Delaware                    
Vornado RR Midtown L.L.C.                           New York                    
Vornado Two Park Holdings L.L.C.                    Delaware                    
Vornado Two Penn Plaza L.L.C.                       New York                    
Vornado/Team Room L.L.C.                            New York                    
VR Retail Holdings LLC                              New York                    
VRT Massachusetts Holding L.L.C.                    Delaware                    
VRT New Jersey Holding L.L.C.                       Delaware                    
Washington Design Center L.L.C.                     Delaware                    
Washington Office Center L.L.C.                     Delaware                    
Watchung Holding L.L.C.                             New Jersey                  
West Windsor Holding L.L.C.                         New Jersey                  
Whitehorse Lawnside L.L.C.                          New Jersey                  
York Holding Company L.L.C.                         Pennsylvania                
York Holding Company L.P.                           Pennsylvania                 

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

ULURP Review Process

Below is the step needed for Vornado to rezone and ultimately demolish the hotel.  Since this now goes before the CB5, we are at step 3.

ULURP Review Process

Filing of Application. An applicant must file a standardized Land Use Review Application and all required accompanying documentation with the Department of City Planning (DCP). Copies of all applications and accompanying material are sent to the affected Borough President, Community Board and the City Council within five business days of receipt. If the application involves land in more than one community district it is also sent to the appropriate borough board. The Borough Board is comprised of the Borough President, all Community Board chairs and City Council members within the affected borough.

Certification. DCP is responsible for certifying that the application is complete, and ready for public review through the ULURP process.

An application cannot be certified until DCP determines that the application includes all forms, plans and supporting documents that are necessary to address all issues related to the application. If the particular application is subject to environmental review, a negative declaration or a conditional negative declaration or a notice of completion of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be issued before an application can be certified. There is no mandated time by which this pre-certification review must be completed. The Charter permits applicants or the affected Borough President to appeal to CPC for certification after six months from the date of application submission.
Certified applications are sent within nine days to the affected Community Board, Borough President and the City Council and if appropriate, to the Borough Board.

Community Board Review. Within sixty (60) days of receiving the certified application, the Community Board is required to hold a public hearing and adopt and submit a written recommendation to CPC, the applicant, the Borough President and when appropriate, the Borough Board. The ULURP rules include provisions relating to the notice and conduct of a Community Board public hearing. ULURP provisions also govern the quorum, vote and content for a Community Board recommendation. If a Community Board fails to act within its time limit or waives its right to act, the application proceeds to the next level of review.

Borough President Review. Within thirty (30) days of receipt of a Community Board recommendation, or if the Community Board fails to act, within thirty (30) days of the expiration of the Community Board's review period, the Borough President shall submit a written recommendation to the City Planning Commission. If an application involves land in more than one community district, the Borough Board may (within the Borough President's review period) also review and submit a recommendation to CPC. If the Borough President fails to act within the time limit, the application proceeds to CPC.

City Planning Commission Review. CPC must hold a public hearing and approve, approve with modifications or disapprove the application within 60 days of the expiration of the Borough President's review period. City Planning Commission hearings are generally held twice a month on Wednesdays in Spector Hall at 22 Reade Street. Adoption of a CPC report approving, modifying or disapproving an application requires an affirmative vote of seven commissioners. If the Borough President has recommended against an application for site selection, disposition of city owned property or acquisition and has recommended an alternative site pursuant to the fair share provisions of the Charter (section 204), then nine affirmative votes are required. CPC then files copies of its decision with the City Council. In most cases, disapproval of an application by CPC is final and terminates ULURP. Disapproved applications for urban renewal plans are subject to Council review. In addition, disapproved applications for special permits, zoning text changes and zoning map changes that the Mayor has certified as necessary are subject to review by the City Council. (Note: No "certificate of necessity" has been issued by any mayor since ULURP went into effect). 
City Council Review. The City Council does not automatically review all ULURP actions that are approved by CPC. The Charter requires the Council to review certain actions, some only under special circumstances, and makes provision for the Council to elect to review other actions.
The City Council automatically reviews (Mandatory Review):
  • zoning map changes;
  • zoning text changes (not subject to ULURP but subject to Charter section 200 and 201);
  • housing and urban renewal plans;
  • disposition of residential buildings, except to non-profit companies for low-income housing
The Council may elect to review the following by voting to take jurisdiction within 20 days after CPC files its report (Council "call-up"):
- City Map changes;
- maps of subdivisions or plattings;
- zoning special permits;
- revocable consents, franchise RFP’s, and major concessions;
- non-City public improvements;
- sanitary and waterfront landfills;
- disposition of commercial or vacant property;
- disposition of residential buildings to nonprofit companies for low-income housing;
- acquisition of real property; and
- site selection.
Applications disapproved by the Community Board and Borough President (Triple no):
An application which is subject to elective review by the Council, will be reviewed if that application was disapproved by the Community Board and Borough President, was approved or approved with modifications by the City Planning Commission, and the Borough President files an objection to CPC approval with the Council and CPC within 5 days of receipt of CPC's approval.
Within 50 days of receipt of the CPC report on an application that is either subject to mandatory review, is "called-up" by the Council, or is a "triple no" application, the Council must hold a public hearing, and approve, approve with modifications or disapprove the decision of the City Planning Commission.
If, during the course of its 50-day review period, the Council decides it wants to approve an application with a modification, it can do so only by referring the proposed modification back to CPC. CPC must then determine if the modification is of such significance that additional environmental review is necessary or that additional review pursuant to ULURP is required. If CPC determines that additional review is needed, the Council may not adopt the modification. If no additional review is needed, the Council can adopt the application with the modification. When the Council proposes a modification, CPC has 15 days to make its determination and during that period the City Council's 50-day clock is stopped.

A City Council action approving, approving with modifications or disapproving most CPC actions, requires a majority vote of the Council. Urban Renewal Plans that have been disapproved by CPC can only be approved by a 3/4 vote of the Council.

If the Council fails to act within its review period, the Council shall be deemed to have approved the decision of the City Planning Commission.

Mayoral Review. Mayoral approval is not required. A decision by the City Council to approve or disapprove a land use application is considered to be final unless the Mayor elects to veto a Council action within 5 days of the vote. The Council, by a 2/3 vote, can override a Mayor's veto of its decision within 10 days of the veto.

Applications approved by CPC that the Council did not assume jurisdiction or act on within its 50 day review can also be vetoed by the Mayor within 5 days of the expired Council time period. The Council , by a 2/3 vote, can override a Mayor's veto of the CPC decision within ten days of the veto.

ULURP graphic:
graphicThe ULURP process is graphically shown in a diagram in PDF format (22K).
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CB5 Zoning review

The rezoning review board of CB5 for the Hotel Penn, was rescheduled to the April meeting. There is still time to get your speeches together and tell them what you think.

The meeting of the Land Use & Zoning is scheduled for:

April 7, 2010
at 6:00 pm

Flatiron BID
27 West 24th
Suite 800

Following that there will be a Full Board meeting to approve or disapprove:

April 15, 2010
at 6:00 pm

First Alliance Church
127 West 26th St.
buzzer #3003

Monday, March 8, 2010

State and National Registers of Historic Places

Thank you for your interest in seeking State and National Registers of Historic Places status for the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City.  In 2003 our office determined that the hotel met the criteria for listing to the National Register.  If any state or federal funds or permits are being used by the developer in the redevelopment of the property, the state or federal agency involved with the project must consult with our agency.  As far as listing is concerned, a building cannot be listed to the National Register if the owner does not support the nomination. 


Kathleen A. Howe
Historic Preservation Program Analyst
P.O. Box 189
Peebles Island
Waterford, NY 12188
518-237-8643, extension 3266