Mayor Michael Bloomberg is holding his final State of the City address in Barclays Center this afternoon.(1)
At its height, D’Aiuto Pastry Corp was pumping out close to 20,000 cheesecakes in a single day. Now they make closer to 150, but the number is growing, thanks to Ajay Patel, 44, who took over the D’Aiuto’s operation in the spring of this year. A former IT manager with 20 years and 200 employees at TD Bank under his belt, Patel willingly admits that he knew nothing about baking when he bought the space, but promises that his management skills will turn things around for historic bakery in advance of Hudson Yards.
Paul Sonn, one of the original authors of New York City's pending "living wage" bill, which would require recipients of some city economic-development subsidizes to pay their employees at least $10 an hour, says the recently reported exemption for a portion of Hudson Yards, makes little sense.
The New York Times reported today that Christine Quinn appears to have created a loophole in a draft "living wage" bill that would benefit the developers working on a portion of the Hudson Yards project on Manhattan's far west side.(2)
It was all smiles and bonhomie at the corner of 30th Street and 11th Avenue this morning, where Mayor Bloomberg hosted a press conference in a transparent tent under a spur of the High Line to announce the latest in a years-long effort to redevelop the Hudson Yards.
Lew Frankfort, the C.E.O. of Coach, was there in a three-piece pinstriped suit. So was Related Companies chairman and C.E.O. Stephen Ross, in a regular pinstriped suit, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Ann Weisbrod, president of the Hudson Yards Development Corporation. REBNY chairwoman Mary Ann Tighe, and Fried Frank real estate chairman Jonathan Mechanic were also there, representing Coach in the transaction.
The thing about the planners and engineers and architects whose job it is to create municipal infrastructure—for example, the extension of the No. 7 subway line from 34th Street to 11th Avenue—is that they tend to think of people as problems to be solved. People can't be allowed to stand still for too long; they can't be packed too tight in enclosed spaces; they can't be encouraged to move aimlessly, or in ways that will interfere with the more purposeful movements of others.(1)