This article is by Sophie Kasakove, with photography by Tracie Williams. In the meeting room at Red Hook Initiative (RHI)—a Brooklyn community-development nonprofit dedicated to youth empowerment, social justice, and sustainability—a large painting hangs high up on the wall, bordered by the words “rebound and rebuild.” It shows the neighborhood of Red Hook in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, with waves crashing on a row of sandbags, as cans of food, light bulbs, and batteries lie strewn about haphazardly. Last summer, a group of residents of Red Hook’s public-housing developments, just across the street from RHI, gathered here for the orientation meeting of RHI’s 10-week emergency-preparedness training, called “Local Leaders.” Tevina Willis, a Local Leaders facilitator, says that the first question she asks at an orientation is, “Where were you during Hurricane Sandy?” If people hesitate to answer, she’ll start with … [Read more...] about Is New York City’s Public Housing Ready for the Next Storm?
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New York has long been a city in the clouds, but with 16 buildings around 500 feet or taller slated for completion this year, 2019 could be the city’s busiest year ever for new skyscrapers. For many years the city’s skyline was primarily defined by the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings, both over 1,000 feet tall and built in the early 1930s. But New York’s horizon has been in perpetual flux now for the better part of a decade. There are currently nine completed towers in New York that are over 1,000 feet tall, and seven of them were built after 2007. Nearly twice that many — another 16 such towers — are being planned or are under construction, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, a Chicago-based nonprofit that tracks high-rise construction. The scale of this new wave of construction is unprecedented. New York’s skyline looks starkly different than it did a decade ago, redrawn by the massive Hudson Yards project on the … [Read more...] about New York City’s Evolving Skyline
I’m beginning to think that this season is a little bit like the Mueller report: lots of hype and anticipation only to land with the impact of a messy shart during science class that ends up rolling down the leg of your jeans. Just like Mueller, I think this season has nothing. Or, if it has something, it is so far hidden in the folds that we’re going to have to really get deep into this thing before we find any redeemable gems. Thank god the Real Housewife Institute Intern-for-Life Molly Fitzpatrick was here to fill in for me last week, because I was not ready to recap that air biscuit of a clambake. As for this week, there were a few great scenes, but nothing that added up to a compelling whole. Let’s start with those great things, shall we? My favorite, by far, was Ramona’s awful date. This guy Mark, a pocket protector in search of a shirt, should have his own episode of Dating Around because I could watch his fascinating awfulness for hours, write a book … [Read more...] about The Real Housewives of New York City Recap: Gangster Crap
[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox. ] Amazon on Thursday canceled its plans to build an expansive corporate campus in New York City after facing an unexpectedly fierce backlash from lawmakers, progressive activists and union leaders, who contended that a tech giant did not deserve nearly $3 billion in government incentives. The decision was an abrupt turnabout by Amazon after a much-publicized search for a second headquarters, which had ended with its announcement in November that it would open two new sites — one in Queens, with more than 25,000 jobs, and another in Virginia. Amazon’s retreat was a blow to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, damaging their effort to further diversify the city’s economy by making it an inviting location for the technology industry. The agreement to lure Amazon to Long Island City, Queens, had stirred intense debate in New York about the use of public subsidies to entice wealthy … [Read more...] about Amazon’s Retreat on New York City Headquarters Followed Unexpected Backlash
[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox .] The news on Thursday that Amazon had decided not to build a second headquarters in New York City was an equal-opportunity stunner, to the politicians and activists who had fought against it, and to the business leaders and elected officials who had eagerly awaited it. Within minutes of the company’s announcement, reactions spilled out on social media and in the streets of Long Island City, Queens, the site of the now-abandoned plans for expansion. Amazon The company released a long statement on its blog at noon, a few minutes after The New York Times broke the story. “After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens,” the statement said. “For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials … [Read more...] about What People Are Saying About Amazon’s Breakup With New York City