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  1. #17266

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    Have had four power bumps... the last one lasted almost an hour. Rain mostly stopped and wind doesn't look too bad still. I drove to nearest Tim's and saw no evidence of any trees down etc...just lots of areas with no power. Looks like it slowed down a lot over night and wound up not a huge deal thankfully.
    A Canadian Slam winner? Inconceivable!

  2. #17267

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    Glad to hear it is just an extraordinary storm, not a hurricane. Keep safe and dry (on the outside...)
    Face it. It's the apocalypse.

  3. #17268

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    For NYC this is also the result of Bloomberg's real estate initiatives.

    Progressives Defeat Brooklyn Project That Promised 20,000 Jobs
    The developers behind Industry City abandoned a rezoning proposal after progressive leaders raised concerns about gentrification

    By Emma G. Fitzsimmons
    Sept. 23, 2020, 1:51 p.m. ET

    The developers behind Industry City, a major commercial project in Brooklyn that aimed to create 20,000 jobs, have abandoned their rezoning proposal for the neighborhood, overcome by a swell of opposition from the progressive left.

    The fight over Industry City was the biggest clash over development in New York City since the collapse of the Amazon deal in Queens last year, and the proposal’s defeat reflects the growing strength of progressive Democrats.

    The rezoning application had been cast as a way to bring jobs to an underdeveloped waterfront industrial area, and the city’s massive job losses during the pandemic gave supporters of the rezoning a compelling argument that the city could not spurn the prospect of new jobs.

    But the developers decided to withdraw the application on Tuesday night after more elected officials came out against the plan.

    “If a project like this can’t succeed, it concerns me very much about the future of New York City — a place I’ve spent my whole life,” the chief executive of Industry City, Andrew Kimball, said in an interview on Wednesday.


    Many community activists opposed the rezoning proposal, which they said would hurt the working-class residents of Sunset Park, Brooklyn.Credit...Gabriele Holtermann-Gorden/Sipa, via Associated Press

    Business leaders also expressed dismay over the defeat of the rezoning, which was first reported by Politico. Kathryn Wylde, the president of the Partnership for New York City, an influential business group, questioned how elected officials could forsake thousands of jobs when nearly one million New Yorkers were facing unemployment.

    “The opponents of Industry City have further damaged the prospects for economic recovery from COVID-19,” she said in a statement.

    But progressive Democrats saw the proposal as a favor to big business, one that would worsen gentrification in Sunset Park, a diverse, working-class neighborhood on the Brooklyn waterfront.

    “People power has triumphed,” Carlos Menchaca, the local councilman who opposed the deal, wrote on Twitter. “Our work continues as community voice drives the growth and future of our neighborhood.”

    Industry City has withdrawn their application. A WIN FOR SUNSET PARK! People power has triumphed ✊🏾. Our work continues as community voice drives the growth and future of our neighborhood.

    — Carlos Menchaca 萬齊家 (@NYCCouncil38) September 23, 2020
    Mr. Menchaca’s opposition would have normally been enough to kill the plan; City Council members are unofficially afforded the power to essentially veto any rezoning in their districts. But the Council had been considering the rezoning despite Mr. Menchaca’s opposition, and held a hearing on the proposal this month. The city’s planning commission had voted to approve the rezoning last month.

    Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat who will leave office in 2021, had declined to take a position on Industry City. Mr. de Blasio, who supported the Amazon deal, said on Wednesday that other rezoning proposals were moving forward and he would support ones that benefit the public.

    Previous mayoral administrations had approved “sweetheart deals” for developers that he said made New Yorkers skeptical of new projects.

    “That kind of development really soured people,” Mr. de Blasio said.


    Industry City is an industrial complex on the waterfront that was built in the 1890s. Developers have rebranded it as a 21st-century hub for small businesses and artists and have wanted to expand the site into a shopping and office behemoth.

    In 2013, Jamestown, the developer that owns Chelsea Market, and its partners bought a nearly 50 percent stake in the 16-building complex. Jamestown renovated the buildings, which were flooded during Hurricane Sandy.

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    The proposal to rezone the area was stridently opposed by a handful of community groups, most notably Uprose, an environmental justice group, and Protect Sunset Park. The grass-roots opposition helped win over local elected officials, including Representatives Jerrold Nadler and Hakeem Jeffries, who sent a letter to the City Council on Tuesday opposing the rezoning and urging council members to listen to local residents.

    “What the Sunset Park community has made clear is rezoning such a large portion of the waterfront for a single private actor is not in the best interests of the residents,” the letter said.

    Mr. Kimball, the leader of Industry City, said he had worked to address the same concerns that had killed the Amazon deal and abided by the city’s complex land review process. Still, there was resistance to “a project that any reasonable person would say is an extraordinary project.”

    Two factors contributed to the decision to withdraw the application, he said: the lack of political leadership and fears that a contentious battle could harm the developers’ reputation. The developers have leased 300,000 feet of commercial space at Industry City since the pandemic hit.

    “We can’t have that be damaged by a continued political food fight that lacks very little substance,” Mr. Kimball said.

    Eric Ulrich, a Republican councilman from Queens, said he had the same pit in his stomach upon hearing of Industry City’s defeat that he did when Amazon abandoned its plans in Queens. The city was suffering, he said, because Democrats were “marching to the beat of the Socialist drum.”

    “We are sending such a terrible message to the rest of the country that we’re not open for business, and we’re not open to economic development and new jobs,” he said.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/23/n...id=tw-nytmetro
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.




  4. #17269

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    Many community activists opposed the rezoning proposal, which they said would hurt the working-class residents of Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
    First I'm hearing of this so no overall opinion on the deal. But this sort of general sentiment tends to sound great, but the reality is pitiful. I don't know Sunset Park like that, but know several neighborhoods nearby very well. And these "community activists that are concerned about working class residents" tend to be the same people who moved to Brooklyn within the last 20 years and gentrified the hell out of it to something barely recognizable and drove out tons of working class residents in the process.

  5. #17270

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    Serious question, because I cannot word this properly.
    Regarding the verdict given in the Breonna Taylor decision. In what qualitative level is this different than South Africa's apartheid regime? If these men are not even indicted, how is this different than apartheid, not in a quantitative level ("They received sentences that are less than the expected") but in a qualitative level ("They are allowed to walk free despite murdering a woman in her sleep").
    I hope I am making my question clear. And again, I am serious. Not being my usual jerk.
    Last edited by ponchi101; Today at 05:02 PM.
    Face it. It's the apocalypse.

  6. #17271

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    Uh, none? This is the result that was desired. The charges presented to the grand jury were purposefully minimal. There were several more charges left off by the AG that could easily have been put forth, but weren't.

    There's a saying that goes something like, "A grand jury will indict a ham sandwich if the prosecutor asks them to." And that's nothing but the truth, the grand jury is one-sided look at the evidence, and if so desired, you can make it incredibly slanted to suit the state's purpose. This was the desired result.

  7. #17272

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    Quote Originally Posted by JazzNU View Post
    First I'm hearing of this so no overall opinion on the deal. But this sort of general sentiment tends to sound great, but the reality is pitiful. I don't know Sunset Park like that, but know several neighborhoods nearby very well. And these "community activists that are concerned about working class residents" tend to be the same people who moved to Brooklyn within the last 20 years and gentrified the hell out of it to something barely recognizable and drove out tons of working class residents in the process.
    They're afraid because the NEXT group trying to come in will price THEM out of the neighborhood. It's what happened around the Amazon situation in Astoria, Queens. Everyone kept invoking the "people in the projects" but AOC et al were really only concerned with the OG's - original gentrifiers. In the end the folks in the projects are the ones who lost out. An entry level job is better than no job at all. If there had been better reporting this would've been clear. This is why there are many NY'ers who are angry with AOC despite all of her progressive sounding talk.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.




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