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Monday, September 15, 2014

Rezoning the East Side for Massive Towers is Going to Happen. Thank you, Dan.

How did I miss this?

http://ny.curbed.com/tags/1-vanderbilt-avenue

http://therealdeal.com/blog/tag/midtown-east-rezoning/

If you thought that rezoning of the East Side to allow for massive towers and huge windfalls for Big Real Estate was not going to happen, you were wrong. Mayor de Blasio (!) and Dan Garodnick, the councilman in whose district this will be happening, have agreed to a "reincarnated" zoning plan that is currently limited in scope, but which will pave the way for a thorough transformation of the East Side that will please Big Real Estate very much while giving us peons perks such as new subway entrances, stairways, entrances/exits, etc., all to get workers moving efficiently (it is hoped) from outside of the castle where they live (the outer boroughs) to inside of the castle to work for the nobility who will be the only ones left to afford living in Manhattan.

First up is One Vanderbuilt, which, when built right next to the stately Grand Central, will be the second tallest building in the city. You may as well squash Grand Central and be done with it.

Pardon the cynicism, but it seems Dan's previous contrariness toward our former mayor, Mike Bloomberg, on this zoning issue may just have been a case of "let's wait out the rezoning until I get more clout" or "let's wait out the zoning until after election time."

With the massive development of this area (which, despite the perks, will create even more nightmarish congestion in Midtown), here's another neighborhood that true New Yorkers will be staying away from. Soon, only Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village will be left to remind people of the real New York.  And, yes, that is a joke.

39 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a pair of RE WHORES! DeB is clearly a one-term mayor and DG is a RE who're pretending to serve his constituents. Except, of courage, his RE masters.

Anonymous said...

New Yorkers get screwed again. This only benefits commuters. Vanderbilt was one of the few streets New Yorkers were able to use to avoid the overcrowded riff raff surge of commuters. Jackie O is rolling over in her grave. What a bunch of sell - outs.

Anonymous said...

Bought and Paid For


http://www.commoncause.org/states/new-york/press/press-releases/moreland-monday-analysis-of-rebny-contributions-raises-serious-issues-for-commission-to-consider.html

Anonymous said...



Of course we all remember the photos from the REBNY gala in January of the gang bringing you this midtown tower that residents do NOT want

left to right Stephen Green (SL Green), Dan Garodnick, Alicia Glen, Mary Ann Tighe

http://www.rebny.com/content/rebny/en/directory/member.html/24881317.html

Anonymous said...

They gave millions to their puppets in Albany. Hundreds of thousands to the NYC agencies like City Planning, then posted themselves on Facebook celebrating themselves. Do the residents ever factor in with these guys? No.

https://www.facebook.com/REBNYonFB/photos/a.712356635455631.1073741850.120655387959095/712356858788942/?type=3&permPage=1

Anonymous said...

Gale Brewer and Dan Garodnick are destroying the fabric of the city. Isn't Brewer the one who signed of on two weeks of After Hours construction for Dan's PCVST Office Building? Two hypocrites. Can't wait for next time Brewer shows her face here campaigning to tell her of all her bad decisions and why I will never vote for her.

Anonymous said...

Uggh. If these developments were on the up and up they wouldn't be so secretive and hide the details from the residents. Sleazy and shady.

Anonymous said...

http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20140915/central-harlem/tenants-at-riverton-complex-sue-management-company-over-rent-hikes

THIS THIS

Anonymous said...

Have they done any long term research on this or is it the same ole lack of due diligence and poor quality of planning by the City and Developers in their scheme for short term unjust enrichment.

What is the effect on a tower of this weight when at full occupancy on the already compromised ground of burrowed train tunnels?

What is the long term effect of the vibrations from trains combined with the weight of this tower on the stability of the tunnel-cracked ground?

What is the effect of the deep foundation unearthed on the surrounding ground and vice versa?

And where will they be dumping the toxic soil from this big dig? BTW nice job erasing the mention of the toxic soil on the PCVST Big Dig site guys.

Anonymous said...

De Blasio has already stated that the only way to squeeze more people and businesses into desired areas is to increase density. Logical but not pretty, that's for sure. The architects of One Vanderbilt made an hourlong presentation at Community Board 6 the other week, complete with visual presentation and self-congratulatory back-patting (SL Green is the developer). They were not seriously challenged, but the project is far along.

It's really hard to stay on top of all these things, but change is coming, not least to our area east of Flatiron. Check out what's going up on 22nd Street just west of PAS. There's one construction site on 23rd between 2nd and PAS with two more to come. If more effective action isn't taken, we'll have a sanitation garage on 25th St between 1st and the drive. And then there's 14th St. Nuff said.

Anonymous said...

"Uggh. If these developments were on the up and up they wouldn't be so secretive and hide the details from the residents. Sleazy and shady."

Sleazy and Shady are the hallmarks of Garodnick, and the useless TA.

Anonymous said...

Steve Cuozzo piece in the NY Post seems diametrically opposed to your take on 1 Vanderbilt/di Blasio's Midtown East rezoning.

Cuozzo's bent out of shape because he claims that businesses are fleeing Midtown East's old buildings while Garodnick and Borough Pres Gale Brewer are slow walking di Blasio's rezoning plan by appointing a steering committee to look into the plan that includes a number of preservationists who are in opposition to "to simply allowing a few new buildings to go up" and now by allowing unions to have a voice in the process.

http://nypost.com/2014/07/17/look-out-midtown-mta-improvement-idiocy/

Just a note. Unions were instrumental in shooting down Bloomberg's rezoning plans. Unions and di Balsio's admin are both against developers using the ME rezoning plan to put up new luxury hotels. Unions are opposed because they think new ME hotels would devalue hotels in other parts of the city and di Blasio because these new hotels are not needed and that the rezoning proposal is supposed to be about putting up or converting buildings for business -- mainly to attract the tech industry. So it's important that unions are heard from.

As for 1 Vanderbilt, I know little about how the partial rezoning plan that allowed for it to possibly become possible to come about and I doubt you do either. However, Curbed notes that a Department of City Planning hearing on 1 Vanderbilt "went rather well, with groups that had previously been against rezoning Midtown East to allow for taller towers coming out in support of the plan: namely, the Municipal Art Society, the Straphangers transit group, and Community Board 5, among others."

Now however, according to this CapitalNow article from today, 9-16-2014, the whole rezoning project, including 1 Vanderbilt, is in serious danger of being shot down by the city council.

http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2014/09/8552603/expert-midtown-east-rezoning-could-meet-fate-bloomberg-plan?top-featured-1

This rezoning effort is a very messy project with a lot of moving parts and interested parties. Your post just makes it look like (i) you're waaaay out of your depth here (ii) that you just seem to be interested in taking a cheap shot at Garodnick.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

Time will tell, perhaps very soon, whether I'm either 1 and/or 2.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

I find it funny that when I link to news stories about Dan, I'm taking cheap shots at him. LOL.

Anonymous said...

STR September 16, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Not likely very soon at all based on actual news reports. How convenient for you.

STR on September 16, 2014 at 1:05 PM

The cheap shot wasn't linking to news stories about 1 Vanderbilt/Midtown East rezoning, it's about how you mischaracterized them to fit your script about Garodnick. Reading correctly is fundamental. LOL.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

Again, we'll see if my "cheap shots" will become accurate arrows in the near future.

Anonymous said...

saying residents were consulted or part of the process is a load of crap. the token too late to do anything staged forums and community meetings feigning inclusion of residents isn't fooling anyone. biggest joke of all were the office building forums the TA Dan and DOB held here. just a load of crap.

Anonymous said...

The time to have residents be a part of the process is BEFORE the politicians, city council, city planning, EDC, DOB, ETC cash the checks from RE that their lobbyists delivered for their "initiatives". Once the checks are cashed (usually months and years before permit process begins) it is too late for residents to have a voice in the process and the politicians and RE know and designed the process that way.

Residents, environmentalists and such need a voice in the process before GRUBBY hands exchange money.

Anonymous said...

Anyone have a problem with this?
http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20140917/midtown-east/tiny-park-with-colorful-waterfall-opens-midtown-east

Stuy Town Reporter said...

What is that? An open air closet?

Anonymous said...

It's a shower amenity for those who have been made homeless because of Dan's favorite 2nd Avenue subway construction.

Anonymous said...

Earth to 11:02 PM. We're talking about the rezoning of Midtown East which the TA has nothing to do with. It sounds like you're talking about the new backyard management office. Or something.

Anonymous said...

What are you talking about 5:04 PM?

Plans for the 2nd Ave subway line have been around since the 1920s. The MTA's final environmental impact statement on the 2nd Ave line was finally approved in 2004, NY voters approved the transportation bond issue that paid for phase 1 in 2005, the feds committed to match MTA funds to begin construction in 2006, and ground breaking for the tunnel took place in 2007.

Dan G's first term began in 2006 but don't let that get in your way.

Anonymous said...

September 17, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Just a reminder. It was mayor Bloomberg who initiated the Midtown East rezoning effort. In his third term. The third term your "residents" granted him despite all we knew about him and the fact that the third term effort that skirted the law was spearheaded by the RE industry. We're not always all that bright but whatever you say.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

>>Dan G's first term began in 2006 but don't let that get in your way.<<

Dan has been one of the strongest supporters of the 2nd Ave. subway line. I hope this won't be a cheap shot if I link to his own website:

http://www.garodnick.com/press-release/garodnick-hails-economic-benefits-second-avenue-subway-east-side-access

Stuy Town Reporter said...

The construction of the subway line has been a nightmare for residents and businesses:

http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20120821/upper-east-side/second-avenue-subway-construction-has-long-rattled-nerves

There are more stories like this, including the subway construction producing 3 times the amount of permissible toxic dust levels:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/19/second-avenue-subway-has-_n_1363888.html

Anonymous said...



Mayor Bloomberg's Last Month: $12 Billion in Real Estate Projects

According to NY Times report, Bloomberg approved real estate projects priced at more than $12 billion total in final stretch—projects of which it seems incoming Mayor Bill de Blasio seems wary.

The projects, the paper notes, have been in at least the talking stage for months—are not brand new ideas in the last month of the Bloomberg administration—but Bloomberg and his team have intensified efforts to get the projects moving. Deputy Mayor Robert Steel described them as "legacy projects" and noted they hope to have the projects in such development as to be completed within a reasonable time during the de Blasio administration.

The Times heavily implies Bloomberg is pushing these projects to cement his place in the history of the city, having re-zoned about 40% of the city in his twelve years in office.

The projects cover everything from residential buildings to sports stadiums to shopping malls, from Staten Island to the Bronx, with some but not all using taxpayers' dollars.

The Times notes de Blasio has generally favored developments in affordable housing and other such projects, but expressed "serious concerns" about a soccer stadium near Yankee Stadium in development. He has also been wary of other luxury projects for which the city has both given tax incentives and provided taxpayers' dollars, the latter estimated by the paper to be "worth tens of millions." De Blasio's campaign relied heavily on emphasizing the city's income inequality and promises to help the poor that have been gentrified out of some areas of the city, and some of Bloomberg's projects could directly challenge how serious de Blasio was about these promises. This is especially true of projects for which Bloomberg has provided tax incentives or public funding, for which the city's residents themselves are funding multi-million-dollar recreational facilities or commercial centers.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/12/16/Bloomberg-Approving-12-Billion-In-Real-Estate-Projects-In-Last-Month

Anonymous said...

Actually 6:32 almost every if not every construction project in midtown east (incl. 25th st garbage station, skyport garage, and vanderbilt mctower, and STPCV office building) was pushed through the city process with residents intentionally kept in the dark and allowed to speak after it was too late. I think that is what 11:02 is saying. Almost every news article on the projects says residents unhappy about being kept in dark. That seems to be over you head so maybe you are ok with residents being kept in the dark.

Anonymous said...

Thanks STR for the Huffington Post article on the toxic subway. Seriously is Manhattan construction responsible for the toxic dumping in Long Island Parks, Wetlands, and Military Housing complex? This toxicity is unacceptable!

"Despite the MTA's reassurance that their construction to build the Second Avenue Subway is not killing nearby residents, a new report reveals the site contains over three times the allowed amount of toxic dust levels.

The New York Post obtained a report by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration which found a dangerous amount of silica detected during a federal inspection in November. Exposure to the carcinogen has been proven to possibly exacerbate to silicosis, a respiratory disease connected to lung cancer and incurable respiratory failure.

Upon discovery of the high levels, three contractors working at the site were ordered to pay $4,250 in fines, which the companies have until April 20 to appeal.

Disturbingly, the MTA has dismissed safety concerns and publicly reassured New Yorkers that the construction's dust tornadoes and bizarre, skunk-like odors are nothing to worry about. Officials have used nearby commercials and residential boilers as scapegoats behind any spikes in pollution:

Anonymous said...

STR September 17, 2014 at 7:25 PM

That link leads to a statement by Dan about some positive numbers jobs-wise in a report by Carolyn Maloney. Apparently you're either familiar with Maloney's report and are prepared to comment on it or are playing a weak game of gotcha.

Anonymous said...

September 17, 2014 at 10:47 PM

That's not true. There have been CB6 hearings on 25th St and notices went out requesting public comments on it. I know, I filled out one of those comment forms.

Anonymous said...

Dan Garodnick is owned by Brookfield.

He cannot be bashed enough for betraying ST-PCV residents.

His lying trolls are attacking our messenger.

Keep up the good work STR!

Anonymous said...

CB6 hearings and rallies and notices are not getting the necessary results. These are political decisions and deals in the works long before residents get a wind of it and details are usually hidden, kept secret from the communities. Bloomberg choreographed the closing and consolidating of sanitation sites behind closed doors long before we got a wind of it. The secret way these politicians operate with RE and developers has to get a light shone earlier so we can be effective. I was there too.

http://www.realcityonline.com/climb-a-garbage-proposal/

Anonymous said...

Bloomberg was the Second Coming of Boss Tweed. What an evil, avaricious and totally amoral creature. Those who rallied for his illegal third term (Maloney, Quinn, et al) are total scum in my view. We are living in a city that is so totally devoid of decent, honest politicians, I think it is everyone for him/herself. Don't vote for any of them and tell them why when they come around soliciting like the whores they are.

Anonymous said...

Agree 10:25 and worse now Quinn and Hochul are up to tricks. Bad all around. Hate to say it but may have to vote Astorino as the lesser of two evils.

Anonymous said...

September 18, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Bloomberg, the little prick that schmuck NYC voters granted three terms, tried to blindside us and ram the 25th St garbage garage down our throats. However, he ran into serious opposition from CB 6 and from every one of our elected officials, state and local, and Carolyn Maloney (see this from Brian Kavanagh: http://www.briankavanagh.org/news/?p=13891 ).

I have no idea what happened to the proposal post-Bloomberg since there's essentially nothing in the news since early in 2013 about it.
Bloomberg's plan is probably dead at this point, but you're really interested, maybe give Brian's office a call about and fill us in. I'd be interesting.

Anonymous said...

Please don't do that @September 18, 2014 at 11:01 PM!

As bad as Cuomo has been for us tenants, Astorino would be way, way worse. Plus his election would free State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) and the three other so-called Independent Democrats to break the Working Families Party/Cuomo deal they made to vote with Democrats this term instead of with the Republicans like they did last term: Klein and the three others effectively made it impossible to repeal Vacancy Decontrol or to pass any pro-tenant legislation.

I fully intend to do a write-in vote for Teachout/Wu unless the polling for Cuomo/Astorino is tight -- I wouldn't want my protest vote to put an anti-rent regulation guy like Astorino in as gov. It would be a disaster for regulated renters.

Anonymous said...

Hey September 18, 2014 at 11:01 PM – Rent regulations will end in June of 2015 unless our next governor signs on to extending them again. Rent regs may not get improved with Cuomo, but at least they're likely to get renewed. That's a whole different story with Astorino.

Anonymous said...

Two evils. Astorino is the lesser of the two evils.