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Congrats to Jennifer Siebel Newsom on the selection of her film Miss Representation for Sundance 2011. If you are looking for more information, please visit her site. (NB: I am not affiliated in any way with the film). Below is a text from a recent announcement. We are thrilled to share the news that Miss Representation […]
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I’ll take some — most — of that?

“If the new $200 million deal goes forward, it would be the first time the state has ever taken money from the B.P.C. Authority for revenue. The authority’s money has historically gone to the city, where it has sometimes been used for affordable housing.” Ah, haha, ‘sometimes’. The Downtown Express is giving the Mayor for […]
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Have you tried the Sendero Luminoso Blend?

Speaking of the proliferation of coffee vendors in the LES, the quickly expanding Stumptown empire established a beachhead a couple weeks ago. Like all good hipster-y food stories, the commingling of brands is in the offing. Sharing space with Frankies 17 (which is part of the Frankies Spuntino empire, not the Frank empire), Cafe Pedlar […]
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The signs of the end times in real estate shouldn’t be measured by the offloading of the second unit in Julian Schnabel’s vomitorium for less than a third of asking, but instead by the fact that it the two outlets most obsessed with it (aside from, you know, the people across the street) presented the […]
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No perking.

It’s a plan so good, you have to wonder how it evolved within the leaden confines of City Hall. It’s a plan so absurdly elegant, you are probably aghast it’s taken years to evolve. The City’s Department of Transportation, demonstrating actual commitment to innovation and taking it on the chin for complacent union city workers […]
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Following up: looks like the Economakis family wasn’t pulling a bait and switch.  They really are building out a garish single family residence now that nearly a score of rent controlled tenants have been shuffled down the road. Unrelated: on the other end of EV real estate contretemps, Umbrella House, now a full-fledged legal enterprise, […]
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The Brian Lehrer Show is taking an interesting tack in reporting: to accompany their 30 Issues in 30 Days series (a countdown about development leading up to the general election in November), they have created a Wiki to encourage dialog. It’s not terribly robust right now, but you can fix that! I’ve been meaning to, […]
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The Architecture League re-launches their website. It sure is… fad-y. Tighter integration with Urban Omnibus (nice), and thankfully that knockout homepage is dropped once you get past the index — which takes a moment, while you wait for it to fade in. Boy, the things you can do with javascript.
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Odds and sods (Labor Day ed).

Wayne Barrett is like a dog on a bone (hey, that’s an old school Hartz Mountain reference — for you young’ins, Hartz used to own the Voice, but now just owns a bunch of under-performing, over-hyped hotels — oh, and some dog food operation) about Mayor For Life Bloomberg and his uncomfortable conflicts of interest […]
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If you aren’t making it out to Governor’s Island, here’s an interesting event for all you cycling/urban planning junkies. All nine of you (I’ll be in Inwood Park, sorry). Spread over four days, the New Amsterdam Bike Slam is a live design battle, a dance party, a world-class transportation summit, a bridge across the Atlantic, […]
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