The Newtown Pentacle

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Doom… doom… doom…

– photo by Mitch Waxman

So last week, I attended the NYC EDC’s soirée at LaGuardia Community College regarding their Sunnyside Yards Project. It was your standard “visioning” operation with poster board setup stations. You were supposed to progress from one to the next, deliver input, and then receive what turned out to be a really tasty plate of food. Pretty standard stuff for the non profit/public benefit organization industrial complex. The EDC were thrilled with the turnout, with their social media trumpeting vast support for the project and a turnout in the hundreds. They had to set up a line for entry. All the usual faces from LIC and Astoria were present, including a humble narrator. At every visioning station, the first question I asked the facilitator was “Where do you live”? The answer was never “Queens.”

In reality, the Building Trades Council organized a huge turnout by organized labor groups, which is how the EDC achieved that boast of “hundreds turned out for.” The place actually looked like a cast reunion for the Sopranos.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The EDC folks focused conversation on the imagined benefits to the communities surrounding the Sunnsyide Yards which their project would bring. They never mention the noise, tumult, and vastly increased flow of heavy truck traffic that a 24/7 multiple decade long project like this would bring along with it.

Don’t forget, the whole point of decking the 183 square acre property is that of a “land grab” with the intention of making it available for politically connected real estate developers to exploit.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Decking the Sunnyside Yards is a centuried goal of the Manhattan people. It defeated Robert Moses, Nelson Rockefeller, and Michael Bloomberg. The vain glory of the our current Mayor states that his administration can do this. Notably, the EDC and City Hall neglect to mention how we’d pay for this, although I’m sure terms like “value capture” will be bandied about.

The cost of the deck alone, if they put shovels in the ground today, would likely be $18-20 Billion. That’s money which the City would borrow. If the City was actually in the position to borrow that sort of debt, don’t you think fixing NYCHA would be a slightly higher priority for the self proclaimed “Progressive Mayor”? Funding the Subways? Hospitals? Cops? Bah.


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  1. Gee, don’t you wish we lived in a democratic society of the people for the people, etc, etc.
    Makes one look back fondly on the old Tammany Hall days as not being so bad after all. In Queens County, at least you could meet Battleaxe Gleason, whom one could address as “Paddy”, and talk to about complaints and concerns.

    ” It was your standard “visioning” operation…”
    Translation of visioning operation: Behold what our Dear Leader the Emperor and our sundry Masters and Betters have decreed shall be placed here. Stand now in slack-jawed awe and worship our Dear Leader and His Imperial cohorts. Behold the Emperor’s new raiments!

    “You were supposed to progress from one to the next, deliver input, and then receive what turned out to be a really tasty plate of food. Pretty standard stuff for the non profit/public benefit organization industrial complex.”
    Awwww, don’t it make you feel good that our Masters kinda pretend to care to what we think even if they really don’t give a shit and if written on paper will allow them a sustainable, locally sourced, eco-friendly paper upon which to wipe their asses? In that regard they do give a shit, so to speak.
    Anyway, it’s more like a bread and circus event or NPC talking point downloads: so eat the nice food and shaddup.
    Pretty standard indeed.

    “I asked the facilitator was “Where do you live”? The answer was never “Queens.”
    “Decking the Sunnyside Yards is a centuried goal of the Manhattan people.”
    What else could The People’s Banana Empire of New York have for rulers other than a bunch of Dunning Kruger effect addled out-of-towners who did not grow up here, know nothing about the neighborhoods or people nor do they care about the effects their grandiose schemes have on us. We’re a city that was occupied and ruled by foreigners (from other parts of these United States and beyond) who seek only to plunder it.

    ” Notably, the EDC and City Hall neglect to mention how we’d pay for this, although I’m sure terms like “value capture” will be bandied about.”
    Value capture is meaningless gibberish used by imbeciles to give the illusion that there is a grand 4-dimensional underwater chess strategy based upon cyclopean mathematical equations that will make this all work. Really, they’ll just borrow money that they do not care how, or even if, it will be repaid. The EDC, City Hall and their REBNY vassals simply hope that they will all be long retired on their ill-gotten gains and will have shuffled off this mortal coil before the repercussions of their economic schemes finally cause systemic collapse.

    “…the self proclaimed “Progressive Mayor”?”
    Don’t think that you or any other NPC prog can weasel your way out of owning this loser with some sniveling, pathetic appeal to the ‘no true Scotsman fallacy’. This is the effect of the socialist left as it has been throughout history. So quit being a little bitch, grow a pair of balls, put on your big boy pants and suck it up. He’s all yours.

    Wait a minute, aren’t you really a libertarian in progressive drag? Come out the damn closet already!

    Donald Cavaioli

    Cav

    October 30, 2018 at 5:27 pm

  2. Can, just once, the communities most affected simply drop the bland blather about infrastructure and traffic and out-and-out say they don’t want OVER POPULATION to destroy the local low-rise community?

    Tommy Efreeti

    November 1, 2018 at 3:11 pm


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