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In a ringing defeat for neighborhoods, the Department of Buildings recently dismissed a challenge to a blatant zoning ruse at 62nd and Second Avenue – building luxury megatowers using floors of near-empty space. Cashing in on the use of these “stilts” or mechanical voids to boost building heights is a new trend in New York City development, maybe most notably flaunted at 432 Park Avenue (yes, that one). But after a near year-long fight, the decision has set off a fever pitch of alarm for preservationists and elected officials worried about whether the city has rubber-stamped a loophole.

Parts of the East Side of Manhattan can be so congested, there’s often not space on the sidewalks to walk.  At times, crossing the street, even in the crosswalk with the “walk” sign lit, can seem a stressful neck exercise as our eyes scout every possible direction.  But our neighborhoods are amazingly safe for the pedestrian, if recent city statistics are to be believed.