Several local lawmakers say they will hold a giant parcel of state-owned land hostage until they get a guarantee that Walmart won’t ever be allowed to lease space atop it. Comments (23).
The ‘retired’ Assemblyman
Vito under the Microscope: Assemblyman Vito Lopez will start his 14th term on Jan. 1. But the day before, he’ll “retire” so that he can collect his pension while also drawing his legislative salary. Click below for a critique of the scheme and an interview with Lopez defending the arrangement.
The Fire Department is hot and bothered about a bill being pushed by a Southern Brooklyn lawmaker that would shrink the “no parking” area around fire hydrants from 30 to 20 feet, saying its big rigs need all the space they can get. Comments (11).
Shopping: Almost as big a question as what you’re going to do on New Year’s Eve is, what are you going to wear? Of course, you can always forego your tired wardrobe buy something new, and we found the perfect items in which you can ring in the New Year — dresses that are chic yet still affordable (well, there’s one splurge in there). Comment.
Mean Streets: Borough President Markowitz turned Scrooge on Thursday by turning down a gift two-wheeler from cycling activists who showed up at Borough Hall to complain — in song! — about his anti-bike lane stance. Comments (10).
An embattled skating rink plan in Prospect Park took its first real step forward in years on Wednesday, as park officials broke ground on a $70-million mega-project to add blade-bourne activities and restore a more natural lakefront. Comments (8).