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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

On Armory, Bloomberg Says: 'We're Open to Every Good Idea'

At a press conference today earlier in Kingsbridge, I asked Mayor Bloomberg if his administration was willing to consider new plans for the Kingsbridge Armory, since Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. is expected to release, in the next several weeks, a report drafted by the NYU Wagner School of Public Policy with recommendations for redeveloping the vacant landmark .

"We're open to every good idea," the mayor said, exhibiting none of the bitterness some have attributed to him for having his preferred plan for the facility -- a mall developed by The Related Companies -- killed by Diaz and  many of the very same people that were at the press conference to cheer him on for the Bloomberg administration's efforts to get a portfolio of 10 nightmare apartment buildings into the hands of a new, responsible owner.

(Diaz, who had been at the mayor's side for most of the press conference, left before I asked this question.)


  1. Diaz killed the Related deal and now we will have to wait much longer for new Bronx retail stores and more importantly Bronx Jobs. Diaz wants a prevailing wage; what a joke. People don't build in the Bronx unless it is heavily subsidized. If they pass this living wage bill; Bronx development will cease.

  2. The borough president will be appearing on BronxTalk this Monday night. You can be sure he will be asked directly about the Kingsbridge Armory... as well as a number of other issues.

  3. "You can be sure he will be asked..."
    What's up with the weird passive voice?

    Did you mean, "I will be sure to ask him..."? Or did you just let it slip that you're really hoping a listener will call in to ask the hard question, so you don't have to?

  4. BP Diaz is responsible for the fact that today, hundreds have no jobs! Great job Mr. Borough President. I hope this helps your argument when you're running for Mayor or any other citywide post in 2013! Good luck!


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