Criticism gets increasingly vocal as opposition to Mayor Bloomberg strengthens. On Tuesday the Working Families Party delivered a petition to Councilman David Yassy to sway his undecided vote on Mayor Bloomberg’s appeal for a term extension. The WFP, officially not opposed to ending term limits as long as it goes to a public referendum, has organized a massive grassroots petition rallying support.
Its dirty business when it comes to erecting a “garbage garage,” especially in a neighborhood on the rise with million dollar real estate at stake. Thus is the case in Hudson Square, where the city is planning to build a 120 ft. tall Sanitation facility on the lots at Spring and West Streets. The building will hold Manhattan’s garbage trucks, store supplies and act as a refueling station.
When I was asked by the editor to write a piece about the New York City Police Department Auxiliary Police I thought to myself, ugh, a story about more dogooder, Barney Fife wanna-be’s: booooring. But being the kind and open-minded individual that I am, I agreed to do it.
I met with Mauricio J. Marmol, who was kind enough to stop by the SJ office, drop off some materials on the Auxiliary Police and sit and talk with me for a few minutes.
Mr. Berman’s office is on the second floor of a quite remarkable building. Ernest Flagg designed the Beaux-Arts style structure in 1901. It now stands with a rustic white facade and burnt-red door, and when you walk in an elegant staircase welcomes you. It once housed the Rector for St. Marks Church but now is home to the Neighborhood Preservation Center, as well as Andrew Berman.
In spite of fierce objections by Community Board 1 (CB1) and park neighbors, the Department of Transportation (DOT) installed a bike path through the City Hall Park’s serene northern walkway on June 30th.
The DOT first informed the Community Boards of its plans at a June 10th Seaport/Civic Center Committee. The issue was then re-deliberated on June 24th at a general CB1 meeting and was clearly out of favor by the members and the general public.
Gender and Race were just two of the topics discussed at the public conference held at the Paley Center for Media in midtown Tuesday. “From Soundbites to Solutions: Bias, Punditry and the Press in the 2008 Election,” lured a group of over 200 predominantly female journalists, lawyers, academics, feminists, and activists, most of whom were intent on dissecting the often masked social issues involved in this year’s historic political season and the media’s coverage of it.