As New York continues to grapple with closed subway stations and an overcrowded shelter system following Hurricane Sandy’s late October destruction, the City is looking for a little help from its friends in Washington. Mayor Michael Bloomberg sent a letter to members of New York’s Congressional delegation today, estimating the damage caused by late October’s superstorm at $19 billion in public and private losses.
Mayor Bloomberg’s office has teamed with Google to create Hurricane Sandy: NYC. It’s a handy “crisis” map that links to the latest N.Y.C. Emergency Management alerts, various city-related Twitter accounts and advisories about Hurricane Sandy from the National Hurricane Center.
Residents may be particularly interested in the map’s color-coded evacuation zones–currently Zone A is under a mandatory evacuation order.
Here are Google’s tips on how to best use the map:
Like cushy sign-on bonuses or drool-worthy stock options, perks are a potent recruiting tool for startups, dangled before potential hires like a treat before a ravenous animal. Expensive, Steve Jobs-approved gear and kitchens overflowing with every snack imaginable are treated like they’re the equivalent of platinum health insurance.
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The Occupy Movement plans a general strike for May 1st. The movement claims this strike will include protesters in “125 U.S. cities” standing up “for economic justice.” Occupy Wall Street has announced that May Day will also mark the launch of 99 Pickets in New York. With 99 Pickets, protesters plan to erect “99 Picket Lines to expose, disrupt, and shut down the corporations who rule our city.” Occupy further states that 99 Pickets “will be an effective way for people to plug into the morning activities on May Day.” This action apparently has Wall Street as nervous as pack animals beset by wolves.
Bloomberg reports major financial institutions are readying for both May 1st and for Occupy demonstrations at the N.A.T.O. summit in Chicago on May 20 and 21 with “video surveillance, robots and officers in buildings.” In spite of the presence of robots, there’s a distinct Wild Kingdom element to the psychology behind the banks’ efforts. Speaking to Bloomberg’s Max Abelson, Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations director of global risk Brian McNary provided the Discovery Channel-flavored comparison:
So much for a man’s home being his castle and all that. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is now going after the last refuge of the city’s beleaguered smokers—their apartments.
Mayor Bloomberg is strongly advocating for a new law that would require buildings to disclose smoking policies and procedures to potential tenants and renters. The Wall Street Journal was the first to break the bad news.
New York is about to be just as green as the Hudson River!
The Deputy Mayor, Cas Holloway, New York City Department of Environmental Protection and the New York City Economic Development Corporation announced a proposal for solar and wind power facilities in Fresh Kills on Staten Island earlier this week.
There’s a 75-acre plot of land within the massive 2,2000-acre dump-turned-public park available for lease that could be developed into a facility that generates upwards of 20 megawatts of renewable energy. That is enough to power about 6,000 homes. It will double the city’s natural energy capacity.
Beloved Bloomberg on-air blonde bombshell Lizzie O’Leary (who once hid behind the mic at N.P.R.) is parting ways with the financial news service, and hitting it big time: the Observer Media Power Bachelorette is on her way to CNN, where she’ll be reporting on-air for the cable news giant on aviation and transportation regulations. Read More
After six months of hard negotiations between Governor Cuomo, Mayor Bloomberg and the Legislature, a deal was finally struck yesterday to bring more taxicabs to the outer boroughs and upper Manhattan.
The sale of the new medallion yellow cabs will inject a billion dollars into the city’s coffers. In addition, with 24,000 new cabs (eventually), it will now be possible to hail one in the outer boroughs. Sounds like a brilliant idea, so why were we stuck on the corner, trying to hail a deal for six months?
Well it seems those pesky ‘needs of the disabled’ cropped up… again. There was also the issue of disgruntled current taxi drivers, who now face competition with 18,000 “hailing” livery cabs.
Occupy Wall Street
Through most of the 1990s and 2000s, nonprofits could count on low-cost financing issued through the state’s industrial development agencies to develop buildings, facilities and other infrastructure and construction projects. The bonds didn’t expose the state to any credit risk; rather the vehicle allowed lenders to avoid being taxed on the proceeds in the investment, which in turn incentivized them to accept lower interest rates on the debt. But in 2007, the State Legislature failed to renew the vehicle, cutting off NFPs from an important pipeline of funds. Now, in December, the city’s Economic Development Corporation is planning to roll out a new financing vehicle that will allow lenders to issue low-interest rate tax-free debt to NFPs. The city estimates that at least $700 million worth of projects that had been backlogged could now have access to funds. The Commercial Observer spoke with Steven Polivy, an attorney with law firm Akerman Senterfitt LLP about the upcoming vehicle as well as the impasse that has prevented the IDAs from providing tax free financing in recent years. Mr. Polivy specializes in arranging real estate financing and development transactions that utilize government incentive and financing programs.
In the aftermath of Mayor Bloomberg’s clearing of Zuccotti Park last week, as helmeted police were still pushing stragglers up Broadway and the first morning commuters appeared, a protester named Jake shouted a warning at the cadre of cops shoving protesters away from their erstwhile home.
“There were people smoking crack, people with puppies begging for money, we looked like shit,” Jake yelled to the police. “Now what do we look like? Peaceful protesters getting our asses kicked. This is the best thing that could have happened. There are thousands of people watching us.”