de Blasio campaign paid Forest City Ratner nearly $17,000 for campaign office (but paid more for main office)
Well, a look at the most recent campaign finance filings show that de Blasio's campaign paid nearly $17,000 over three months for the space at 345 Jay Street in MetroTech, formerly occupied by Sid's Hardware.
As I wrote, I suspect there's a plausible explanation for the MetroTech lease, that it was better-priced, better-located space than the alternatives, though I never got any explanation. And if you're going to rent space in New York, it's not unlikely you'll intersect with a developer.
Still, even if it's not clearly payback, it's also somewhat unseemly, a bit of you-scratch-my-back-I'll-scratch-yours, and another sign of coziness between the candidate--sometimes "elastic and opportunistic" (to quote NY magazine's Chris Smith)--and the developer.