Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Village Voice's "100 Most Powerless New Yorkers" includes Markowitz, de Blasio, AY-area car owners, and, I'd argue, should include the Voice itself

The Village Voice has been getting some deserved play for its admittedly arbitrary list of "The 100 Most Powerless New Yorkers," including:

8. Bill de Blasio, Public Advocate
De Blasio is the holder of the most useless office in the city, a position so powerless, it was first held by Mark Green. Since it was created, its budget has been cut nearly in half, and there are repeated calls to abolish it altogether. And though second in line to succeed the mayor, no former occupant has yet to move into Gracie Mansion.
64. Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn borough president
Brooklyn beep Markowitz fancies himself the Most Important Ambassador from Brooklyn the World Has Ever Seen. (Indeed, he has told the courts he needs to promote the borough as far away as Turkey, and we've personally witnessed the aftermath of his glad-handing in Haifa, Israel.) But Markowitz is so powerless, he can't get Apple to build a store in the borough with perhaps the most concentrated population of Mac users in the universe outside of California, and his decision to bring his wife, Jamie (or, as he calls her, "The First Lady of Brooklyn"), abroad with him cost Markowitz $20,000 in fines.
.87. Car-owners in Fort Greene
It's not easy to park a car anywhere in New York, but it has gotten especially difficult in Fort Greene. Once the Barclay's [sic] Center opens next fall at Atlantic Yards with a mere 1,100 parking spots to accommodate its 19,000-seat capacity, expect streets in Spike Lee's home 'hood to become gridlocked with cars looking for nonexistent parking spaces during some 200 planned events a year. A plan to grant street-parking permits for residents is considered dead on arrival in Albany.
Well, the point is that people shouldn't be driving, so we're waiting to see the much-promised Transportation Demand Management plan. And car owners in Prospect Heights and Park Slope will fare similarly.

Note: the Voice also cited 31. Press-pass-less members of the press and 32. Press-pass-carrying members of the press, but let's also acknowledge the Voice itself, which is a lot more powerless after losing investigative veterans Wayne Barrett and Tom Robbins, and then hiring and laying off successor Harry Siegel.

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