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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:07 am 
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State Senate Majority Leader Does an About-Face on Amazon

What a difference a month makes. Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who was one of the people Gov. Andrew Cuomo blamed for Amazon backtracking its HQ2 deal last month, is now asking Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to come back.

"Please reconsider what you've decided. New York is absolutely the best place for Amazon to grow," Stewart-Cousins said in an interview on The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:43 pm 
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Maybe Amazon should just rent a large number of floors in Hudson Yards. That's already been whored out to the corporations and the rich types, and besides then they could get priority tickets to visit whatever that round thing you walk up and down is called. Also they could look down at Google not far away in that giant old building in Chelsea.

If you sense cynicism here, you are right. This part of New York used to do things like make up trains and pack meat. Now it's for whatever they're calling corporate yuppie types this year. The lower West Side is becoming a monument to land developer rapacity.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:04 pm 
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Zowie, it sounds like those corporate yuppie types are flocking to live on the very spot those old boy roaring corporate types saturated the soil with toxic chemical waste for maximum corporate efficiency and profit.

Have you considered just letting them have it?

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It would be mean to make poor people live there.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 6:52 pm 
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It's the old train yards. The High Line goes right past it. Heaven forbid that much open space should exist in Manhattan without building something over it to launder foreign capital and attract overpaid corporate types, so they did. It's the perfect spot for Amazon.

I know the Meat Packing District used to dump waste from slaughterhouses around there. Otherwise I was under the impression that the most polluted area was around the Gowanus Canal. I've also read about a coal ash dump near the World's Fair site that would give Gowanus a run for it.

I could be wrong, of course.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:52 pm 
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It has been revealed that buying a ticket to the round thing you walk up contains an agreement that the property owners assume all rights, in perpetuity, to anything you photograph or post to social media there.

http://gothamist.com/2019/03/18/psa_the ... photos.php

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https://news.google.com/articles/CAIiEKhAvHRh5tFoW866QOGeWSwqGQgEKhAIACoHCAowjsP7CjCSpPQCMLmw0wU?hl=en-US&gl=US&ceid=US%3Aen

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"The physical space Hudson Yards has created is ostentatious and energizing, but the social space it has created is illusory and inauthentic," write infrastructure consultants Ellis Talton and Remington Tonar in Forbes. "A truly equitable space, one that honors the values of eclecticism and imperfection that have made New York great, would be less concerned about matching the grandeur of Dubai or Singapore and more focused on matching the dynamism of New York City culture. This can certainly be done on a grandiose and spectacular scale, but the architectural approach needs to be social not just structural."


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Union deal betrays workers

http://nycitylens.com/2019/03/deal-huds ... n-members/

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“We didn’t come this far just to get an A for effort and a pat on the back,” wrote Pat O’Neill of Local 7, the tile, marble and terrazzo union, on Facebook.

Their efforts had even attracted notice of New York’s political power brokers. In October, 33 city council members introduced a resolution stating their support of the movement. Scott Stringer, the city comptroller, and New York Attorney General Letitia James have both spoken at CountMeIn rallies.

Bennett Kremen, a member of Pipeliners Local 798, reflected on Wednesday about the implications of the movement’s demise in another Facebook post:

“Seeing this tragic betrayal of the “Count Me In” movement now explains exactly why the great American labor movement and our struggling democracy are dying.”


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Yet I can’t help feeling like an alien here, as though I’ve crossed from real New York, with all its jangling mess, into a movie studio’s back-lot version. Everything is too clean, too flat, too art-directed. This para-Manhattan, raised on a platform and tethered to the real thing by one subway line, has no history, no holdover greasy spoons, no pockets of blight or resident eccentrics — no memories at all. In the renderings that Related uses to market this new world, just about every one of the digital people strolling through the virtual cityscape is young, thin, able-bodied, and white. It strikes me as profoundly strange, this need to re-create an uncitylike city, so aloof from the porous, welcoming, spontaneous metropolis we like to think we inhabit. The suburbs have become more mixed, trafficky, crime-ridden, and complicated, and so, if you need exclusivity at all costs, an urban enclave with a quick elevator ride to the stratosphere looks especially appealing. I suppose this apotheosis of blank-slate affluence is someone’s fantasy of the 21st-century city, but it isn’t mine.



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My own reaction to the place is "Monaco-on-Hudson." You can come, you can take pictures, and you can ooo-ahhh at the general gosh-wow of your surroundings. You can watch a privileged class going about its everyday life. After that, you must leave. It's a thousand-year monument to a benighted period in US history when only billionaires mattered, and venture capital had more rights than humans did.

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