Is there a clear-cut line between southern Chelsea and the Meatpacking District now that both are no longer gritty?
Not really, says a committee that is trying to launch a new Business Improvement District called Meatpacking Area BID that would treat the two areas as one in order to provide maintenance, development and promotional services.
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Tucker Reed is sweet on Brooklyn—big time. A resident of Prospect Heights who enjoys frequenting the Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Mr. Reed is a champion of the city’s most populous borough. He is a ball of energy as he talks about all of the work the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership has done with him as president for the past two years, from supporting the technology sector with the Brooklyn Tech Triangle Coalition to establishing Downtown Brooklyn as New York City’s college town. About a year after Commercial Observer conducted the Sit-Down interview with Mr. Tucker, we wanted to check in and see how the nonprofit has been doing with the reinvention of Downtown Brooklyn.
Google will eliminate a phantom subway stop that found its way onto the company’s ubiquitous mapping site, after a Politicker inquiry on the subject.
The current version of the map claims the N train makes a stop just after crossing the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge in Long Island City. According to the map, the “11th Street Cut” is the N train’s first stop in Queens after crossing over from the east side of Manhattan. Its iconic blue “M” puts it several blocks west of the Queensboro Plaza 7/N/Q stop and a block south of the Queensbridge F stop, not far from the neighborhood’s waterfront.
The city’s Finance Department reportedly overruled property assessments on Google’s sprawling Chelsea office building at 111 Eighth Avenue twice over the past two years, resulting in $21 million in tax savings.
In February of 2012, an assistant commissioner ordered a reduction in an $816 million appraisal for the building to $628 million, reducing Google’s taxes by about $8.7 million, according to a report from the Daily News’ Juan Gonzalez, which quoted sources who called the reduction “highly unusual.”
New York could be the latest state in wanting to ban Google Glass from being used while driving if one politician has his way.
Assemblyman Felix Ortiz (D-Brooklyn) announced yesterday he’s introducing legislation that would restrict motorists from using the Internet-connected face computers because it’s “extremely dangerous technology.” In a press release obtained by Betabeat, he referenced the recent case of a California woman who was ticketed for distracted driving as a reason why his law should be enacted in New York.
At Betabeat, we never rest in finding the most obscure tech angle in anything that interests us. So we felt especially blessed today that this season’s Bachelor, Juan Pablo Galavis, is on a tour of tech companies in Silicon Valley and tweeted this photo. Good for us, because it’s just slightly “tech enough” to warrant a post.
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It’s that time of year! Google has released the year-end numbers for searches and top trends in 2013. Betabeat has pored over the lists and separated the wheat from the gluten-free chaff to bring you this year’s most popular in tech.
Scotland Yard, Britain’s largest police force, is pursuing an unspecified criminal investigation involving intelligence leaks to the Guardian. The investigation was apparently launched in response to the much-publicized detention of David Miranda—Glenn Greenwald’s partner—at Heathrow Airport. (The Washington Post)
Observer Philanthropy 2013
The mystery of the supposed Google barges is no closer to a solution. At this point, it’s not even 100 percent confirmed that Google’s actually involved, much less that the barges contain an invading force of Singularitarian shock troops (our pet theory).
We do know that the Coast Guard has paid one of the San Francisco structures a visit. However, they refuse to say what, if anything, they know about the floating riddles. All a spokesman would tell the San Jose Mercury News was the drive-by was related to neither fire nor medical emergency.
However, we do have an idea how this how the scene played out. Betabeat’s best guess:
Subaru: ‘Share the Love’ Event
The end of the year for Subaru will be a generous one, as it runs its “Share the Love” event for a sixth year. From Nov. 21 through Jan. 2, Subaru will donate $250 for every new vehicle it leases or sells to a charity of the customer’s choice. These charities include ASPCA, Make-A-Wish, Meals On Wheels Association of America, National Park Foundation and Teach for America. These national charities are not the only options for Subaru buyers. A sixth one will be a local charity chosen by Subaru retailers.