Best Laid Plans
Exciting news for residents and denizens of the Lower East Side tonight. After, oh, seven decades, the city has finally reached a deal to redevelop the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, those swathes of parking lots just south of the Williamsburg Bridge affectionately known as SPURA.
According to two people present at the meeting (The Observer had other commitments, tonight, in addition to closing the paper—more on that tomorrow), the plan presented by the city’s Economic Development Corporation, with 900 apartments and nearly a million square feet of commercial space, was unanimously approved by Community Board 3. The linchpin, announced by Councilwoman Margaret Chin, was that the city had agreed to make half of those units permanently affordable, rather than a possible sunset 60 years out.
As many as one in four parking placards currently used by motorists in New York City are fake, according to a new study by transportation advocates, and city lawmakers are latching onto the report to push for tougher enforcements.
Currently, there are 78,000 valid parking placards distributed by various authorities in the city. The president Read More
Knock It Off
Tourists scouring Canal Street for cheap imitations of designer bags would face a police crackdown under legislation introduced today by Council Member Margaret Chin.
“Our laws are incomplete in that they only target the supply of these items and not the demand,” Chin said after introducing a bill that would make buying knock-offs a misdemeanor Read More
Mayor Bloomberg joins the cast of Glee to celebrate the final episodes of their second season. April 25, 2011 (Photo Credit: Spencer T Tucker)
2012: DCCC helped publicize story detailing accusations against Rep. Grimm; NY13 in play next year. [Alison Gendar]
2012: Disturbing, decades-old allegations against Rep. Grimm Read More
Tax the Rich
Members of the City Council’s Progressive Caucus dismissed Michael Bloomberg’s opposition to plugging the budget by taxing wealthier New Yorkers.
Lawmakers said that when the mayor presented his budget to them this morning, he focused on slashing city spending and laying off workers, including teachers. Not included in the budget, they said, were any new Read More
Attorney General candidate Eric Schneiderman is getting the endorsement of Margaret Chin, the City Council member from Lower Manhattan, according to a campaign source.
A formal announcement is expected later today.
Schneiderman is locking up the support of the Democratic establishment in New York City, including a sizable amount of support from Read More
Observer intern Kate McGee dropped in to see incumbent Alan Gerson defend himself during a debate in Lower Manhattan last night, where talk focused on term limits and an alleged “spoiler candidate.”
Last night, Alan Gerson came under attack for…being cynical.
Challenger Pete Gleason challenged incumbent Alan Gerson on his vote to extend Read More
Election lawyer Jerry Goldfeder sent over this legal paperwork which, if successful, could leave only one Asian candidate in the race for the Lower Manhattan district which includes Chinatown.
Goldfeder is the election lawyer for P.J. Kim, who is fending off a 57-count petition objection from another candidate in the race, Margaret Chin.
Goldfeder Read More
Fernando Ferrer endorsed City Council challenger Peter Gleason on the City Hall steps just now, saying he won’t be just another “go-along-to-get-along face in the crowd.”
It seemed like a clear dig at Alan Gerson, the affable incumbent who was in court this morning trying to get back on the ballot after filing Read More