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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A Kingbridge Armory News Roundup

The City Council's decision yesterday to vote down Related Companies' proposal to redevelop the Kingsbridge Armory has garnered a fair amount of press. Here's a few stories, opinion pieces, and quotes, floating around the Web:

Bronx BP Ruden Diaz, Jr. released a statement saying, "I am proud of the members of the Bronx City Council delegation for standing together and voting against this development project, and I am happy to see that so many City Council members from other boroughs were willing to join us."

KARA leader Desiree Pilgrim-Hunter called it a bittersweet victory.

Speaking from Copenhagen earlier today, Mayor Bloomberg says he will veto the City Council's rejection of the zoning the proposal requires. He also took something of a swipe at Council member Maria Baez, who's been ill these past few weeks and wasn't around to influence proceedings (the armory is in Baez's district.)

Bob Kappstatter gives a rundown of the winners (Ruben Diaz, Jr., Carl Heastie, etc.) and the losers (Related, Bloomberg, etc.).

The mayor has suffered a "humiliating defeat" says The NY Times.

According to City Hall News, the no vote has "left observers grasping to understand the new political realities at City Hall."

The rejection of Related Plan could spur living wage legislation, says WYNC.

BoogieDowner has kick-started a fiery discussion around whether or not the no vote will help or hinder the borough.

Crain's headline - City Council kills plan for 2,200 Bronx jobs - leaves little doubt as to their stance on the issue.

In a similar vein, The Daily News editorial board laments the loss of jobs and says Related's opponents were misguided.


  1. Yes, I believe Boogiedowner wants to have another Supermarket on kingsbridge

    You know its funny....I just read for the third time, "South Bronx Rising", and in the last chapter (1985-2002) Ed Rogue, former community leader in the 80's talks about "How The current protest for the armory consists of community protest for 4 schools to assist with overcrowding, more community space and a movie house".

    Will it be a while before another proposal-YES-is it worth waiting for what the community wants-YES-.

    The above was written in 2002, during protests of the last 80's and early 90's. As long as these problems STILL effect the neighborhood-these shall be our causes-not A Supermarket-not even a living wage-BUT A DECENT PLACE FOR COMMUNITY!!!!

  2. Maria Baez did not work for the last 8 years, so how does anyone expect her to be working today! Ill? this has been her excuse, she should have stepped down a long time ago. She made the district suffer/


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