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Mayor Bill de Blasio today praised some of the biggest names in the real estate industry and told them he has no qualms about building large in the name of affordable housing.
“I’m looking forward to building upon on a lot of the relationships that I’ve already had the honor of having with folks in this room and getting to know people more deeply in the years ahead and working together,” Mr. de Blasio told the group, according to audio from the closed-door meeting released by his office.
Taking Care of Business
Members of the well-connected Real Estate Board of New York praised Bill de Blasio this afternoon after the mayor attended a closed-door meeting with the group.
While many in the business community had been nervous about the left-leaning mayor and his plans to up taxes on the rich and force developers to build more affordable housing, members of the group’s board left today’s sit-down offering nothing but praise.
Jobs for New York, a political action committee dedicated to electing pro-development City Council candidates, rolled out a new round of endorsements today.
The PAC, founded as a partial counterweight to the left-leaning Working Families Party, has raised at least $5 million and has said it intends to spend up to $10 million on independent expenditures in support of its chosen candidates.
Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Cuomo and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. announced the online grocer FreshDirect will be setting up shop in the Bronx with an expanded headquarters and operations center at Harlem River Yards. The trio of New York politicians beat out New Jersey and that state’s governor, Chris Christie, who aggressively lobbied and offered a $100 million bid to woo the FreshDirect facility across the state line.
FreshDirect will spend $112.6 million on the headquarters, which will be augmented by $127.8 million in grants, tax credits and other incentives from the City, the State, Borough President Diaz’s office and the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation.
Occupy Wall Street is moving on up to the East Side — literally, with a coalition of activist groups is marching on the homes of some of New York City’s richest residents tomorrow.
Robert Hammond, a former dot-commer and amateur artist who became an urban folk hero for his decade-long fight to save the High Line, keeps a card from an anonymous commenter above his desk.
“The High Line is beautiful and should be preserved,” it reads. “No doubt you will ruin it. So it goes.”
Bringing bin Laden to justice “vindicates all the work we’re doing in rebuilding.”
–David Childs, chief architect at 1 World Trade Center, speaking to Steve Cuozzo [via Matt Chaban]