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Cuomo’s Investigation Stalls $1B Apartment Tower

AvalonBay Communities will have to wait to build its $1-billion apartment tower in Manhattan’s Harlem neighborhood. Governor Andrew Cuomo has decided to call for an investigation into the history of the playground that would have to make way for the tower.

No, really.

The development had already been approved by the City Council, and Cuomo had already signed legislation that called for discontinuing the use of the Marx Brothers Playground as a parkland, to make way for the 1,000 apartments planned for 321 E. 96th St.

But, now the governor has amended the earlier legislation to call for an investigation into whether the playground is really a park. Gov. Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have disagreed more and more in recent months. De Blasio is a backer of the project, which will now have to wait until the investigation is complete.

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