Just weeks ago, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s campaign appeared to be treading water.
He was behind in the public polls. He had failed to unify labor. And the unlikely comeback candidacy of former Congressman Anthony Weiner—another outspoken, progressive with outer borough branding—seemed like the nail in the proverbial coffin, eliminating his path to victory.
But as it turns out, Mr. Weiner’s entry has turned into a blessing for Mr. de Blasio, at least as far as public polling is concerned.
Last week, the American Institute of Architects announced that work for designers has been slumping the past five months, and yesterday the New York Building Congress reported that construction starts for the first half of the year were down 40 percent from the same time in 2010. Both are bad news, because the construction economy was supposed to have begun turning around this year, and that still is not the case.
That must make Brooklyn an alternate reality.
Not since that ebullient fall of 2006 have Manhattan office brokers been so busy.
Leasing activity hit a four-year high in 2010, according to Cushman & Wakefield’s fourth-quarter Manhattan office report. Activity rose 61.4 percent in 2010 compared to the year before.
The bulk of the activity was in renewals, Joe Harbert, Cushman & Wakefield’s Read More