Thursday Links

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Where the Beers and the Jeers Flow Freely [NY Times]
Coney’s “Shoot the Freak” Is Bulldozed [NY Post]
1,500 WWII Shells Found Near Verrazano [NY Post]
Admiral’s Row Relic Sending Out an SOS [NY Daily News]
Pols Fight to Keep Walmart Out [Brooklyn Paper]
74 Trees Felled By Tornado Are Replanted (photo) [Brooklyn Eagle]
Police Search For Armed Brooklyn Robber [NY1]
Census 2010: Bed-Stuy Gentrified [Patch]
No Stay of Construction [Atlantic Yards Report]

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  • daveinbedstuy

    “We don’t want the Walmart plantation in East New York.”

    Charles, Charles, Charles, you may have once been a mighty Black panther but now you sound like nothing but a politician FOOL.

  • One Walmart in a borough of 2+ million people is going to destory local businesses. These politicans and union hacks are really something, aren’t they?

  • daveinbedstuy

    The most notable change is seen in the reverse of what is known as “white flight.” The numbers show that a large population of blacks is leaving for the suburbs, while the white population across all five boroughs has either held steady or has increased.

    Hey, how do you think this makes me feel??? What’s wrong with us white people that makes you guys up and leave now???

  • Dumbasses. These politicians should ask the local residents if they want a Walmart. If they want the jobs that come with Walmart. If they want the affordable goods available there. I’m willing to bet none of those damned political cry-babies have ever shopped at one nor desperately need the savings that shopping at Walmart provides. This garbage about running smaller shops out of business is just that…garbage. So what if they do close down? Compete price-wise or get out. Anyone who doesn’t like how Walmart operates can not shop there/not work there.

  • daveinbedstuy

    That’s exactly it, suburbandude, the stranglehold that these unions have on the politicians. WMT is fighting a big fight in Chicago as well. They actually want to bring in 6-8 new stores but the unions are saying unless they pay XXX wages, they should only bring in 2….and therefore thousands more don’t get new WMT jobs.

    UNIONS, read the handwriting on the walls!!!!!

  • daveinbedstuy

    I can’t stop laughing at Charles Barron using the word “plantation.”

  • We need a new weekly thread category here on ‘Stoner. It should be called “Qwitcherbitchin.” First up, Anti-Walmarters. Next, those still howling and trying in vain to stop the arena.

  • so – if Walmart didn’t fight unionization with everything they have perhaps they wouldn’t find such resistance.
    They record on labor issues is abyssmal.
    But you forget that the ‘small business’ lobby is more powerful and those businessman have more clout than any union for people who make barely above minimum.
    Do you have any stats that after walmart there are morejobs in a community? I doubt it.
    The local business guys money recirculates in the area – walmart profits go far away. Do some research and study your economics books again.

  • daveinbedstuy

    “The local business guys money recirculates in the area – walmart profits go far away. Do some research and study your economics books again.”

    Aside from wages, the money that goes to “cost of goods sold” goes to where the goods are produced. I don’t see local businesses making the things in their yards that walmart sells.

    Wages stay with the people and Walmart hires more people than anyone else in this country.

  • so – if Walmart didn’t fight unionization with everything they have perhaps they wouldn’t find such resistance.

    Uh Pete, is Target unionized? Barnes and Noble? Trader Joes? Is name your favorite retailer unionized?

    EVERY employer fights unionization with everything they have. As long as they do it legally, I have no problem with it.

    You would have to be nuts to say “hi union, welcome to the premises, looking forward to contract negotiations with you.”

    PS – Brooklynites who like Walmart go to Walmarts in Nassau County. Nassau gets the sales tax. NYC doesn’t.

  • “PS – Brooklynites who like Walmart go to Walmarts in Nassau County. Nassau gets the sales tax. NYC doesn’t.”

    Or Jersey :-)

  • You all know that the stuff they sell at Walmart, is not the same quality you may find at other stores, right? Walmart dictates the price, manufactures who want a piece of the action have to either cut back on the quality of their product or find a cheaper labor source. That means less stitches per inch, less glue, cheaper zippers, buttons, and screws, thinner gauge metal, ect.

    Made in USA>Made in China>Made in Vietnam>Made in Bangladesh.

    I think Manhattan should have the first Walmart.

  • To anyone considering the Walmart in Valley Stream > it s-u-c-k-s. Avoid! NJ does have better walmarts, regardless of the B&T toll.

  • If you don’t like Walmart, just don’t shop there. Whats the freaking problem?

    Me personally, I couldn’t care one way or the other if it gets built. Doesn’t effect my life what so ever.

  • IMBY is correct on Walmart’s negotiating tactics with their vendors. I freelance for a company that makes bedding for them, and I’ve listened to their sales people talking to the factory about what they have to do to cheapen their product so that Walmart will buy. The product originally made in India has to be watered down by the final factory in China. The difference in the samples from both countries is astonishing. I imagine it’s the same for any of their products. People may be getting cheaply priced stuff, but it’s cheaply constructed stuff as well, out of low quality goods.

    It’s hard to argue with the jobs and tax part of the equation, as we need both. Low income people also need affordable goods, and I don’t like the idea of a nanny state telling people what is good to buy, or not good, even if, in the long run, the nanny state is correct. People should be able to make their own choices, and for many, Walmart would be that choice.

    However, blaming everything on the unions is so tired and inaccurate. There wouldn’t be such an uproar all across the world when Walmart comes a callin’ if there wasn’t something to it. And that goes for places in the US, and countries where unions don’t have all that much power.

  • East New York

    The ENY people I know will be generally blase about a Wal Mart opening in the Gateway area of the neighborhood, which already has several “big box” retailers. Some will ship there, some won’t. In the end it’s only one store among many.

  • daveinbedstuy

    Talk about cheaply made, watered-down goods, ever been in an H&M?????

  • By daveinbedstuy on December 23, 2010 11:20 AM

    Talk about cheaply made, watered-down goods, ever been in an H&M?????

    haha – WTF were YOU doing in an H&M?

  • Who gives a sh!t if the pieces in your Walmart bought Monopoly game are plastic instead of metal? You’re gonna lose em anyway!

  • daveinbedstuy

    I went in the one on Sixth Ave a few years ago to buy some presents for someone your age.

  • more4less

    hey, what happened to the chatter of wal-mart showing up in bushwick? I much prefer the bushwick location