As the politicians and media play out their roles in the recent real estate hysteria in the Hamptons, all eyes are looking away from the mismanagement and incompetence in the face of this financial Armageddon.
Having spent 40 years in a corporation, mostly in middle management, I see the culture issue from a different viewpoint—on the receiving end of top management decisions. From that vantage point, our new president may be overly optimistic.
Shocked! Shocked! Shocked! House Republicans, whose most recent president politicized many of the Federal government's major agencies, have written a letter to President Obama accusing him of politicizing an important project in 2010—namely, next year's national Census.
a 9-story office building that’s under consideration for 47 Grand St., on the southwest corner of Grand St. and West Broadway. The proposed development would be the tallest in central SoHo and would need special variance permits to not violate current zoning laws.
The proposed Billboard Scaffolding Bill (Intro 623) would allow billboards to go up on work scaffoldings, which proliferate the city. The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation opposes, suggesting the billboard scaffolding would have a devastating impact on small businesses.
It is already March and for the Hamptons’ real estate-driven economy— where the only form of financial engine pays for everything from summer rentals, to hamburgers, to newspapers— desperation has begun to set in.
Election rumors in the Town of Southampton are heating up. Between missing money (that no one can seem to find) and the implosion underway in the economy, it will take clean hands and moral strength to pull the Hamptons through this storm.
Assembly Member Deborah Glick and State Senators Tom Duane and Daniel Squadron recently sent an excellent letter supporting a proposal to spend $57 million of federal “stimulus” funding on Pier 40 infrastructure repair. Now they need our help to persuade others to approve this essential work.
I don’t really consider myself an activist in the traditional sense. But for as long as I can remember, I have been civic minded. I like to think of the city as the vessel of civilization; it is our privilege - and duty - as citizens to invent culture, foster the arts, establish and maintain economies.