In the Rezone
As the new councilman for District 34, which includes Williamsburg and portions of Bushwick in Brooklyn and South Ridgewood in Queens, Councilman Antonio Reynoso personally understands the issues of his constituents.
He was born, bred and still lives in Williamsburg, a neighborhood he hopes never to leave. Plus, Mr. Reynoso spent seven years under the tutelage of his predecessor, Councilwoman Diana Reyna, working as her budget director, legislative director and, eventually, chief of staff until he quit to campaign for her seat.
The Williamsburg and Greenpoint rezonings in the 2000s allowed for tens of millions of square feet of new residential development—between 30 million and 32 million square feet, Vicki Been at NYU’s Furman Center told The Observer—but for developers looking to meet the torrent of demand flooding into northern Brooklyn, it hasn’t been anywhere near enough. Builders Read More
THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD
As Vishaan Chakrabarti, a principal at SHoP Architects, was unveiling the Southside Williamsburg master plan they designed for Two Trees, he evoked the image of Manhattan’s skyline. “Just like in the dead center of New York,” he told the assembled group of reporters, “we have this parabolic moment—there’s this moment of exuberance that happens” as Read More
The joke about hipsters (well, one of many, many jokes about hipsters) is that they are pioneers, non-conformists. But out in Bushwick, they are following in the footsteps of more than a hundred of the city’s neighborhoods: they want a rezoning.
A stones throw (not the hip hop record label) from the the McKibben Lofts and Roberta’s, just across Flushing Avenue, a developer wants to transform the old Rheingold Brewery into a 10-building housing complex, a plan that has been kicking around since at least 2008. But according to The Wall Street Journal, this is Bushwick, so the rezoning has to be different, it has to be cool, with it, or at least that’s what Councilwoman Diana Reyna wants.
Sean Coffey is about to announce the endorsement of three major gets from Brooklyn: Congressman Ed Towns, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, and City Councilwoman Diana Reyna.
The three represent the first major endorsements for Coffey of the campaign, and represent a concerted push by the Coffey campaign to enter the top tier of candidates in the Read More
Shortly before 10 a.m. on Monday, a large group of Brooklynites sporting uniform yellow T-shirts collected on the steps of City Hall for a rally. As a few stragglers joined it, Councilwoman Diana Reyna, standing at the base of the group, aside U.S. Representative Nydia Velazquez, gushed about the $1.2 billion housing development Read More
Jason Horowitz (isn’t he supposed to be in Washington?) has a piece about Obama’s foreign policy speech writer, Ben Rhodes, who kept himself busy with some work… in New York:
From The Washington Post:
In the summer of 2001, a childhood friend, Karl Camillucci, offered Rhodes a summer gig on a New Read More
Here’s councilman-elect Steve Levin of Brooklyn leading a rally for affordable housing on the City Hall steps.
The crowd is mostly from Brooklyn and here in suport of the plan for Broadway Triangle, which is supoprted by Levin’s old boss, Brooklyn Democratic County Leader Vito Lopez. The plan also has support from Read More
For the first time ever, when the 51-member New York City Council convenes in January, a majority of its members will be either black, Latino or Asian. But despite growing clout, the Council’s Black, Latino and Asian Caucus hasn’t been able to get Michael Bloomberg’s attention at any point since his first term.
“In the Read More
I poked my head into the Council Chambers a few minutes ago, where Dan Garodnick was presiding over a rather well-attended Council hearing about a proposed rezoning at the Broadway Triangle.
That’s a 31-acre piece of property whose rezoning is supported by Assemblyman Vito Lopez, the Brooklyn County Democratic Leader.
Critics like City Read More