Unions and community groups are demanding Bloomberg stop construction at City Point in Downtown Brooklyn and study the impact of low wages there, The New York Daily News reported. They allege that construction workers are being paid $15 an hour instead of higher union wages, up to $47 an hour. A Bloomberg spokeswoman said City Point is “a linchpin for revitalization in downtown Brooklyn” and has had a positive impact on jobs here. The project has created more than 180 construction jobs, some union and some not, and of those employees, “82 percent were minorities and 41 percent were local residents, more than doubling target goals,” she said. The City owns the site and “has provided more than $20 million in taxpayer-funded bonds” for its development, said the story. Councilman Steve Levin said he supports the call for a stop-work order and competitive wages, according to the Daily News.
Coalition Calls for Halt to City Point Project [NY Daily News]
Zamperla Announces Plans for Water Park on Former Thunderbolt Site [Brooklyn Paper] McCarren Park Tree Decorated for 3/11 Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Memorial [Greenpointers] Attention Drivers: Lane Closures Scheduled for Belt Parkway at Bay Ridge Avenue [Bensonhurst Bean] Man Indicted for Taking $10K Painting of Basquiat From Williamsburg Gallery [DNAinfo] Pinnacle Buys out Partner in $208 Million Deal for […]
Scaffolding has gone up on the side of the Coignet Building next to Whole Foods, above, where it appears the grocer is finally making good on its obligation to repair the landmark, Gowanus Your Face Off reported. As we noted previously, in December a renovation permit was approved and Whole Foods was fined $3,000 by the […]
Brooklyn, one building at a time. Name: Private house Address: 218 Arlington Avenue Cross Streets: Corner Ashford Street Neighborhood: Cypress Hills Year Built: Around 1900 Architectural Style: Queen Anne Architect: Unknown Landmarked: No The story: Cypress Hills has a fine collection of housing stock that brings a smile to the face of most old house lovers. […]
The owners of Berry Park are working on a new bar nearby in Greenpoint called Northern Territory, which will host a soft opening tonight. Just like Berry Park, Northern Territory is a large converted warehouse space with rustic wooden decor and a rooftop bar. Hidden behind an unassuming door at 12 Franklin Street on the corner […]
The details at 140 St. Johns Place are strikingly similar to the Ortner house at 272 Berkeley Place, but it’s been recently updated and is set up as an owner’s triplex over a garden-floor two-bedroom rental. The proportions of the four-story brownstone appear majestic, at least in the photos, and there is every kind of elaborate […]