Midtown library's NIMBY neighbors lose in court, city to shine light on speculators, more

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A judge has blocked Fifth Avenue condo owners' efforts to charge the public library system hundreds a day for the inconvenience of work on the Midtown branch and restrict construction hours (Daily News)

NIMBY activism is worsening the housing shortage in California (New York Times)

The City Council has approved the Bedford-Union Armory and the East Harlem rezoning (Curbed)

The Council also passed a bill to create a speculation watch list, spotlighting sales of rent-regulated buildings for unusually high amounts, which could signal the possibility of an aggressive approach to driving out regulated tenants (The Real Deal)

The history of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree dates back to the Depression, when workers pulled their money to buy a big tree (6sqft)

Here are all (just some of, actually) the ways the proposed tax bill will screw over ordinary New Yorkers (Village Voice)