Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront

December, 2010

Re-hired! Kent Avenue workers get job back, though no union

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: Two workers who were fired in May after trying to organize a union in a Williamsburg luxury rental building are finally back on the job — though the building remains non-unionized. Comments (8).

Oh, oh, Domino! Lawsuit seeks to halt megaproject on Williamsburg waterfront

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: Hold the sugar! Comments (1).

November, 2010

Toxic timebomb? Neighbors want halt on Broadway tower until site is cleaned

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: A group of Williamsburg residents are incensed that work on a new 15-story housing tower on the corner of Broadway and Kent Avenue will begin construction even though a six-year-old toxic spill underneath the site has not been fully cleaned up. Comments (20).

One dream for two wheels — a velodrome in Greenpoint

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: What’s a velodrome? It’s a fancy bike-racing stadium — and it could be coming to the North Brooklyn waterfront soon. Comments (22).

July, 2010

Council gives final Domi-YES!

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: The City Council unanimously approved the mammoth 2,200-unit Domino Sugar redevelopment plan on Thursday afternoon — a show of unity on a controversial project that will bring thousands of new residents to a Williamsburg waterfront that has been divided over the project since its unveiling six years ago. Comments (2).

June, 2010

A big Domi-YES from the Council

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: A slightly smaller version of the Domino Sugar project will be approved, sources said. Comments (24).

Levin leads anti-Domino charge

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: A Williamsburg lawmaker slammed the Domino Sugar redevelopment plan as too big and too expensive for a neighborhood already burdened by packed subways and gentification. Comments (19).

Roofus: City’s Domino vote is sugar on a slug

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: This week, Roofus weighs in on the City Planning Commission’s approval of the Domino Sugar project. Comments (3).

City Planning Commission is sweet on Domino

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: The $1.2-billion redevelopment of the defunct Domino Sugar refinery — which could add 6,000 new residents to an already saturated Williamsburg waterfront — passed another hurdle today with the unanimous approval of the City Planning Commission. Comments (2).

Domino by the numbers

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: Now that the Domino Refinery redevelopment plan has been approved by the City Planning Commission, let’s take a look at its latest iteration before it gets debated by City Council later this month. Comments (1).

New report shows that city is sweet on Domino

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: The City Planning Commission has shoved aside local opposition to the massive Domino Sugar redevelopment, signing off on a final environmental impact report that puts the agency on a glide path to approval next week. Comments (1).

May, 2010

Foes say that developer will get fat on Domino sugar

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: The developers of the defunct Domino Sugar factory slammed a secret city report that revealed this week that they stand to make more than $400 million from the project. Comments (12).

April, 2010

The Rookie! Levin, fresh off big win, now fights Bloomy on Domino

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: Less than two weeks after winning a big political and policy victory on the Williamsburg waterfront, rookie Councilman Steve Levin is now after a bigger fight against a stronger opponent — he wants changes in a $1.2-billion Domino Sugar redevelopment that is backed by a wily veteran named Mike Bloomberg. Comments (17).

Marty says Domi-YES!

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: Borough President Markowitz backed the controversial Domino Sugar redevelopment last Friday, praising the $2-billion condo plan at the abandoned waterfront refinery as “ambitious” and “vibrant” — even as he ordered up a few minor tweaks. Comments (6).

UPDATE: Jew gotta be kidding! Niederman ‘e-mail’ may have been faked!

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: A controversial e-mail from a Satmar Hasidic rabbi that urged opponents to vote down a divisive Williamsburg development project may have been fabricated! Comments (15).

Jew got mail! Prominent rabbi sent slimy e-mail to undermine rival

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: All’s fair in hate and war between two rival Hasidic factions. Supporters of a controversial waterfront development found that out when a rabbi slimed his foe. Comments (41).

Rose in full bloom! Levin and developer ink deal on eve of Council vote

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: Williamsburg Councilman Steve Levin dropped his opposition to a controversial waterfront project after the developer agreed to increase the number of family sized apartments — and price all of the 74 large units at below-market rates — and the project sailed through a key Council vote hours later. Comments (6).

‘Rose’ affordable units are in full bloom — but Levin still smells something stinky

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: The councilman is still not on board, despite a new hike in the number of affordable units at Rose Plaza. Comments (4).

Levin still has thorns from Rose Plaza, seeks more ‘affordable’ units

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: A controversial developer has added more affordable units to his proposed complex on the Williamsburg waterfront, but not enough to satisfy Councilman Steve Levin. Comments (4).

March, 2010

Levin issues a big Domi-NO

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: Freshman Councilman Steve Levin has come out against the $1.2-billion redevelopment of the old Domino Sugar refinery on the Williamsburg waterfront, calling its 2,200 units too big for a neighborhood that has seen massive growth since a 2005 rezoning that encouraged just such development. Comments (3).

A big Domi-NO from CB1

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: Community Board 1 rejected the $1.2-billion redevelopment of the old Domino Sugar factory on Tuesday night. Comments (10).

No ‘Rose’ thorn here — Planning Commission gives OK to W’burg towers

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: The City Planning Commission voted on Monday to approve the controversial Rose Plaza on the River, a mixed-use, 800-unit apartment complex along the Williamsburg waterfront — a decision that bucks Borough President Markowitz’s rejection in January. Comments (5).

Did we say 15 years? We meant to say ‘Forever’!

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: The developers of the Domino Sugar factory make a bigger promise on affordable housing. Comment.

February, 2010

A big Domi-NO from CB1 panel

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: The Community Board 1 Land Use Committee voted against the $1.2-billion redevelopment of the old Domino Sugar factory on Tuesday night, the first public rejection of the project as it enters the eight-month review process for a rezoning along the Williamsburg waterfront that would allow a multiple-skyscraper project that is larger than the law currently allows. Comments (7).

January, 2010

Marty’s ‘Rose’ thorn: Put affordable housing promise in writing

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: Borough President Markowitz has rejected a developer’s bid for an 800-unit apartment complex on the South Williamsburg waterfront — unless the builders set aside 100 more below-market-rate units than they originally promised. Comments (5).

The Domino does not fall as city begins review of $1.2B project

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: The $1.2-billion redevelopment of the old Domino Sugar factory — which calls for several skyscrapers surrounding a historic refinery building with a glass-walled penthouse along the Williamsburg waterfront — moved forward on Monday, as city officials deemed it ready to enter the eight-month public review phase. Comment.