Friday: The Masses and the Mayor Fight the Good Fights; Also, Staten Island Is Radioactive

Great Kills, kills great

  • What kind of real estate power does the average New Yorker wield? Over in Brooklyn, citizen groups have banded together to “create room for negotiation” with Forest City Ratner. (FCR has already responded well to their “reasonable middle ground” position.) Then over in Stuy Town, the young Councilman Dan Garodnick and his 25,000 neighbors are fighting against multinational conglomerates. Who will win?! Tune in next week. (The New York Times)
  • How does Mayor Mike make New York the foremost environmentally sustainable American city? By meeting with Governor Schwarzenegger in Sunnyvale, figuring out “a bold plan to use our land in the smartest way possible,” enlisting the help of hotshot architects, politicos and execs, then painting his government “green.” (See the post below for more.) (StreetsBlog)
  • Give a warm ‘hello’ to the latest monster real estate investment trust. It’s called Archstone-Smith, and it’s hungry: the fancy Key West Building on Columbus Avenue has been bought by the group for $110m, and their new Avalon Bowery apartments will be finished in early 2007. Avalon is sure to succeed, because kids on the Bowery love their “cardio theatres”. (Crain’s)
  • To everything there is a season, and therefore Staten Island will one day enjoy its place in the sun of outer borough hipness. For now, though, it’s only a “hot spot” of unexpected and dangerous radioactivity, according to the Government Accountability Office. Great Kills Park needs a cleaning, and a new name. (AP via NY Daily News)
  • Max Abelson