1) Regarding the discussion of One spurred by Felix Salmon's discovery of York Street: "Allo again. I checked for York Street on mapquest and found it does exist... it's actually one block long." (Uh, see also Train, F: First stop in Brooklyn, baby!)
2) "You had a story last month about the major league fixer-upper in the Grinnell ("Dakota North") listed at 899K. News has it that it went for way over asking with at least 5 bids. Granted, this is the best building in upper Manhattan (home to celeb chef Tom Valenti among other notables), but still suprising considering the condition of the place (untouched for 90 years--no joke)."
3) "Forget the Key Food on Court. The worst Key Food is on 7th Ave & Carroll in Park Slope. It's endlessly cluttered, every vegetable is wilted, every fruit is bruised, every checker is surly or more interested in their cellphone conversation than in actually taking my money. This grocery store, more than any other, propelled me into the arms of FreshDirect."
4) Apropos of nothing: "Hey have you ever considered branching out into covering the city's private schools (e.g, Dalton, Spence, Friends)? It's a fascinating subculture." Totally. They're on the list, right after "dog walkers."
After the jump, more foul-mouthed discussion of the rezoning of Williamsburg/Greenpoint.
5) I call bullshit on your reader's call of bullshit.
The grand total of '9' people are those who are directly displaced.
The other numbers are from people who have their rents quadrupled because they no longer live two blocks from an empty lot, but now 2 blocks from a sea of luxury condos. Its also the people who move because they can't afford to buy bread at the local grocery store -- because the store had their rent doubled as well, and now charge an insane markup to stay in business.
Is that gentrification? No. Read a fucking dictionary -- gentrification is when working class communities are turned into middle class communities by restoring and upgrading existing buildings.
Gentrification has been going on in Williamsburg for 15 years. Artists moving in - gentrification. Musicians moving in - gentrification. Bankers, investors, shit anyone moving in to something established -- gentrification.
The rezoning isn't gentrification though, and neither are the ramifications of it. The rezoning is a planned new luxury development that will obviously change the entire economy of the area. People dont put 40 story condo towers in the middle of a working class neighborhood and say 'oh, gentrification!' -- they say 'ha ha, you poor suckers should have paid uncle gifgif off with fat campaign contributions like we did!'
6) Your readers quoted in "Waterfront Rezoning Touches a Nerve" who write in should note:
(to the first commenter) The City's EIS says that +2,500 people will be indirectly displaced by development (i.e. raising rents caused by higher property values), and is surely an underestimate of the count. The 9 people who will be directly displaced are those whose dwelling would be destroyed on likely development sites.
(to the second commenter) While it's not a great idea to have developers provide public goods, the owners of the waterfront land are recieving about a 1000%-2000% increase in land value from the rezoning. So maybe they should be a little more grateful to City Planning... especially since they have had an open door policy for landowners during the rezoning process.