On Tuesday morning, erstwhile political combatants Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. announced that the Kingsbridge Armory would become, in its developers words, "the largest ice sports center on the planet."
Hurricane Sandy was “an incredibly idiosyncratic storm” and “a very quirky event,” according to Seth Pinsky, the city official heading up Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s resiliency task force.
At a ribbon-cutting for a new water siphon to Staten Island, Borough President James Molinaro said he wished the event were celebrating something else.
"I was told that they were going to be boring for a train from Staten Island to Brooklyn," said Molinaro, after Mayor Michael Bloomberg introduced him at a construction site on New York Harbor. "But I found out this morning, it’s not, it’s just for water."
At one point during a public infrastructure forum today, M.T.A. chairman (and former deputy mayor) Joe Lhota said, "The city is a child of the state, and it’s sometimes very hard for children to accept it."
Mayor Michael Bloomberg reiterated this morning that Brookfield Office Properties, rather than the city of New York, has the ultimate say in how to manage the Occupy Wall Street protesters camped out in the landlord's privately owned, publicly accessible Zuccotti Park.
On Monday morning, the business improvement district representing Midtown’s Diamond District unveiled a study highlighting the economics behind the dense, jostling row of jewelers along 47th Street.
Those numbers showed more than 4,100 businesses employing more than 22,000 people while the district provides the city $4.2 billion in wages, profits and indirect taxes. The businesses provided an economic impact of $24.2 billion dollars in cost of materials, services, wages, rent and profits. The study also found that jewelry, diamonds and gold were three of New York State’s top four exports.
So the Bloomberg administration is actively trying to hold on to its artists by cultivating various programs and involving the sorts of industry and government agencies—the sorts of institutions that that Patti Smith and company were, years ago, subverting.(1)