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December 7, 2011

Stalled NYC projects make space for farms and shipping container shops

  • Urban Space, a specialty retail developer, manages a market in shipping containers. The tiny stores sell hats, antique mirrors and hot dogs.
    Associated Press

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    Zach Pickens, of Brooklyn, N.Y., manager of Riverpark Farm, tends to his crops. Instead of allowing stalled projects to become eyesores, some developers are coming up with creative ways to use them temporarily until construction can begin.

    NEW YORK — A remnant of the Great Recession is hiding behind a paint-splattered wall in Chinatown, in an empty lot where a building was supposed to rise into the sky.

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