This Week in Comments

New York /
Oct.October 09, 2009 01:18 PM

Rental activity down 60 percent, report shows
There is absolutely zero chance of an accurate rental report. Transactions from smaller firms, which account for much of the inventory coming on and off the market at lower price points, are never reported. [The] commenters are right. These are PR moves and thinly-veiled ones at that.

Redesigned Lincoln Center fountain a marvel
If the new fountain splashes onto the granite ring then the design is terrible as the joy of Johnson’s fountain was that one could sit on the ring and not get wet while waiting for one’s date to arrive. Diller Scofidio + Renfro have ruined Lincoln Center but the real villains are the idiots who chose them and approved their outrageously inappropriate and ridiculously expensive designs.

Crane partially collapses at Columbus Square
But what about the Department of Buildings’ aggressive safety campaign and crane oversight program? Jeez. [That’s what you get] what the concern is PR rather than real.

Thompson pledges space for garment biz, reinforcement of zoning laws, if elected
Thompson has it completely backwards. We need to diversify away from the financial services industry. The best way to do this is to get rid of the garment industry’s special zoning and let the space be used for small businesses in growing fields.


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