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Monday, August 17, 2015
Dan Gardonick and the One Vanderbilt Office Mega Tower: You Scratch My Back and I'll Scratch Yours
No wonder our "homeboy" Dan spent good money (taxpayers' money?) on that recent glossy mammoth newsletter touting One Vanderbilt!
The business of politics right before your eyes:
From the above article, dated 5/5/2015, emphasis mine:
>>SL Green Realty Corp. reached an agreement with New York City Councilman Dan Garodnick and other officials that the company expects will allow it to build a skyscraper near Grand Central Terminal in midtown Manhattan.
Garodnick said he supports the real estate investment trust’s proposal for 1 Vanderbilt, a 1.6 million-square-foot (149,000-square-meter) tower on Vanderbilt Avenue, and zoning changes to the area that would be needed. As part of the project, SL Green plans to invest $220 million for transit upgrades near Grand Central. With approval of the full City Council, the tower could be completed by 2020, SL Green Chief Executive Officer Marc Holliday said.
“We have struck a much better deal for the public, and we will start seeing real benefits to Grand Central in the near term, even before a single new building is occupied,” Garodnick said at a news conference Tuesday.
The councilman, whose district includes the 1 Vanderbilt site just west of the transit hub, said the agreement sets the stage for a wider rezoning of east Midtown that would permit taller towers in the area.<<
From the above article, titled "SL Green Gets Ready to Change East Midtown Forever," dated 5/27/2015, emphasis mine::
>>“The area has gotten stuck in outdated rules, and has lost some of its competitiveness over time,” added Garodnick. “That is going to change today, starting with the Vanderbilt Corridor – where we will open the door to additional density in exchange for much needed improvements to our transit system.<<
Stephen L. Green is the man behind SL Green Realty:
Campaign contributions to Dan Garodnick. The page may not load exactly on Stephen L. Green's contributions or contributions from members of the Green family. If it doesn't, just get to that page alphabetically:
Cocktail Reception in Support of Daniel R. Garodnick. Note one of the sponsors: Stephen L. Green--
A photo of Dan with Stephen L. Green by his side, at the 2014 REBNY gala:
A photo of Stephen L. Green at that same gala with Andrew Cuomo and an old friend of ours: