Category: Development

History of a plot: Part 5, it’s not gentrification if it’s we who gentrify

18 April, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Atlantic Yards, community groups, Corruption, Development, Housing, Income mixing, Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, NIMBYism, Non-Profits, Politics, poverty concentration, Sheldon Silver, William Rapfogel, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3] By: David A. Smith When all the details fit in perfectly, something is probably wrong with the story. – Charles Baxter By the early 1990s, as we saw in the preceding Part 3, the SPURA site’s development standoff had defeated three […]

History of a plot: Part 3, Code words for ‘those people’

16 April, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Atlantic Yards, community groups, Corruption, Development, Housing, Income mixing, Manhattan, New York, NIMBYism, Non-Profits, Politics, poverty concentration, Public housing, Sheldon Silver, William Rapfogel, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith In order to have a plot, you have to have a conflict; something bad has to happen. – Mike Judge. As we saw in Part 1 and Part 2, The Lower East Side of Manhattan was a crucible of the changes sweeping […]

History of a plot: Part 2, Crossing Delancey

15 April, 2014 (01:12) | Affordable Housing, Atlantic Yards, community groups, Corruption, Development, Housing, Income mixing, Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, Non-Profits, Politics, poverty concentration, Public housing, Sheldon Silver, William Rapfogel, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] By: David A. Smith The beginning of a plot is the prompting of desire. – Christopher Lehmann-Haupt Yesterday’s Part 1 introduced us to William Rapfogel, protege of both Sheldon Silver (Assemblyman from the Lower East Side, and long-serving Speaker of the New York Assembly) and Ed Koch (mayor from 1978 […]

History of a plot: Part 1, The sixties

14 April, 2014 (15:58) | Affordable Housing, Atlantic Yards, community groups, Corruption, Development, Housing, Income mixing, Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, NIMBYism, Non-Profits, Politics, Poverty, poverty concentration, Public housing, Sheldon Silver, William Rapfogel, Zoning | No comments

Storytelling is about two things; it’s about character and plot. – George Lucas. By: David A. Smith They grew up in the same circles, and they came of age politically together.  For almost four decades, they did favors for one another, because that is what friends do.  Eventually, one of them, the youngest, the protege, […]

Elevators, the vertical utility: Part 7, Impact on the future city

9 April, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, buildings, Cities, Development, elevators, Employment, Housing, Infrastructure, Land use, mores, Transportation, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

[Concluded from yesterday's  Part 6 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.] By:David A. Smith People recognize me, but they don’t know where from. Today I was in the elevator and somebody asked me if I worked for his company. – Michael Ian Black After six previous parts, we’ve reached […]