Friday, December 17, 2010

Unlike Brooklyn, Manhattan construction impacts get ink in Times; BP Stringer wants oversight entity

Even as the New York Times (natch) ignores the Empire State Development Corporation's meeting to massage Atlantic Yards, during which Prospect Heights residents complained about the impact of current and future construction, the newspaper today presents a sympathetic profile of Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, experiencing Second Avenue subway construction.

Of course the latter project is much bigger and has a much bigger impact, but it's also more clearly a civic project.

The article offers another contrast with Atlantic Yards:
And he has called for an independent agency to supervise the project’s construction, similar to a group created in 2004 to oversee redevelopment in Lower Manhattan.
Stringer's Brooklyn counterpart, Marty Markowitz, has not endorsed such an oversight entity, despite support from local groups and elected officials.

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