NYC's Long-Empty Stores Would Be Listed Under New Bill

By Noah Manskar

A Manhattan lawmaker wants to create a list of the long-empty stores that have plagued commercial corridors around New York City. City Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal introduced a bill Wednesday that would establish a city registry of all storefront property that has been vacant for at least three months.

Doing so would give lawmakers a clearer picture of commercial vacancies across the city, a problem that has so far been tough to quantify on a large scale, the Democratic lawmaker said.

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