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Whoa, get a load of how pissed off Vito Lopez is at the mayor!

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Get a load of Assemblyman Vito Lopez at Mayor Bloomberg’s announcement on Monday that the city is helping a developer convert an old gas station into a new shopping center and luxury apartments!

The Bushwick Democrat is clearly no fan of the proposal for the long-vacant Grand Street lot, thanks to the 50 units of market-rate rentals that it includes.

“We have a housing crisis in this city,” Lopez said after the ceremonial groundbreaking with the mayor. “How does it deal with [the need for] affordable housing?”

Lopez’s legislative legacy is one marked by securing state funding to redevelop polluted sites such as Bushwick’s Rheingold Gardens and Williamsburg’s Broadway Triangle properties into affordable housing complexes.

Even his political rival, Councilwoman Diana Reyna (D–Williamsburg), whom Lopez refused to endorse in 2009, agreed that the site needed more affordability.

“This district doesn’t need another market-rate residential project, and we’re not happy that it does not include any open space,” said Bennett Baruch, a spokesman for Reyna, who also attended Monday’s event, though she did not openly scowl in the mayor’s presence. “That’s what the community wants. This project is not going to do that.”

The triangular-shaped lot bounded by Grand Street, Keap Street and Borinquen Place, was a Shell filling station, a theater house, and an open-air market before Queens-based mall developer Meir Babaev bought the site last year, renamed it “Triangle Court,” and unveiled plans for five new businesses on the ground floor and 57 parking spaces underground.

Babaev said that he’s had interest from a pharmacy, a mobile phone store, and even an International House of Pancakes, but that both Lopez and Reyna have lobbied him to include more below-market units.

He has refused.

“They just want more affordable housing in the area, which they have a right to ask for — we want to build affordable luxury rentals,” said Babaev. “We want to cater to the market that is a mixed gentrified neighborhood with young professionals.”

Bloomberg was at the groundbreaking to personally tout a city program that underwrites some of the cost of cleaning up contaminated sites so developers can build.

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Mike from Williamsburg says:
I don't understand the thinking behind a statement like "This district doesn’t need another market-rate residential project." There is evidently demand for market-rate residential development. What this district doesn't need is another politician deciding what this district does and doesn't need.
April 20, 2011, 10:42 am
Joe Z. from Greenpoint says:
"affordable luxury rentals"

Isn't that an oxymoron?
April 20, 2011, 10:46 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Compared to a luxury rental on the other side of the East River, the luxury rental you find on Grand St. will seem very affordable.
April 20, 2011, 11:16 am
peter from park slope says:

For once agree with Vito !

Bloomberg doesn't care about the boroughs !
April 20, 2011, 12:40 pm
Mike from Park Slope says:
Lopez is right, there is no justification for spending City tax money to help clean up this site to creat a mini-mall and luxury rental apartments. Once public money is involved, especially during a period when the Mayor has all but promised massive layoffs of teachers and other necessary public employees, then an area's politicians have every right to be involved.
April 20, 2011, 2:05 pm
cxb from e.vil says:
AT WHAT POINT DO YOU ALL WAKE UP and realize Tax Hike Mike Bloomberg destroyed NYC and the damage can never be undone?

EX: he not only got rid of over 300,000 units of affordable housing... he stole over $10 billion from you TO DO IT (by giving all kinds of taxbreaks to his rich developer pals)!

Bloomberg is the dirtiest person in American history.

EX: Madoff stole $60 billion in 50 years! Bloomberg stole that from us in just 2 years as mayor! (And he stole all 3 elections!)

EX: Bloomberg invested billions of your dollars via the Pension Funds into WALL ST firms that he just happened to own millions of stocks in! GET IT? He made a billion in ten minutes, suckers!

What are you gonna do about it? A: NOTHING.

There's only ONE reason pols scam you: you said it was okay.

WORST CRIMINAL EVER.
April 20, 2011, 3:31 pm
cxb from e.vil says:
oh yeah: I've been exposing this mayor for 10 years but the press are all bought and paid for by him.

so I'm filing a federal RICO (racketeering) lawsuit against the media giants and Team Bloomturd, since I can prove the collusion etc.

Now imagine if more than ONE New Yorker fought back.

Hell, if just 1000 people bugged the Justice Dept to investigate this super-criminal we might be in business. (Otherwise, we may have to wait until Bloomberg leaves office to jail him, ala Kerik, Hevesi, and others.)
April 20, 2011, 3:34 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Nice bit of satire there, cxb. I especially appreciate the well-placed "WAKE UP." More than anything else, that captures the spirit of the people you're lampooning. Well done.
April 20, 2011, 6:08 pm

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