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Just How Sweet Is the Domino Deal?

Yesterday we reported that the city had struck a deal with the developer of the Domino Sugar factory site that would bring some 700 units of affordable housing to the Williamsburg waterfront. Here now is our handy-dandy chart showing differences between the previous developer’s plan, the current developer’s Bloomberg-era plan, and the plan that will be put to the City Planning Commission’s vote this week.
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Here’s Why There Was a Papier-Mâché Carrot at Last Night’s Domino Hearing

Colin Miles (left) and the dangling carrot. (Photo: Ryan Porush)

Colin Miles (left) and the dangling carrot. (Photo: Ryan Porush)

Friends and foes of the plan to redevelop the Domino Sugar refinery once again had their say last night — and what would a Williamsburg community board meeting be without papier-mâché?
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Watch the Creators of The Domino Effect Talk Williamsburg Development

Tonight at the B+B Newsroom we screened The Domino Effect, a film about the development of the Domino Sugar factory. If you missed it, watch online as we speak to filmmakers Brian Paul and Daniel Phelps, Colin Miles of Save Domino, Community Board 1 member Esteban Duran, and Daniel Campo, author of The Accidental Playground, a new book surveying the wilder days of the East River waterfront. More about the event and the film here. Update: The event has passed, but we’ve archived the discussion above.

Tonight, We’re Screening The Domino Effect and Talking Development

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When we reported in August that demolition of part of the Domino Sugar Factory had been approved, Megan Sperry told us that Williamsburgers have “gotten used to losing” to Two Trees and many now feel that the developer’s radical transformation of the waterfront is a “done deal.”

Tonight at the Newsroom, we’ll be screening Sperry’s film on the subject, The Domino Effect. The 7 p.m. screening will be followed by a discussion featuring filmmakers Brian Paul and Daniel Phelps, Colin Miles of Save Domino, and Daniel Campo, author of The Accidental Playground, a new book surveying the wilder days of the East River waterfront. (The event is free — just let us know you’re coming.)
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Domino Developers Ask City to Change Affordable Housing Rules

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Demolition of the Domino Factory is just about underway, and Two Trees has every permit and rezoning it needs to move forward with construction of its waterfront apartments. But on Friday afternoon, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development held a hearing about a rule change proposed by Two Trees that would affect the tax breaks for developers who create affordable housing. This has agitated activists who oppose the “poor door” measures that some recent developments are accused of taking, from The Edge to Northside Piers to the impending Greenpoint Landing.
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Now Boarding: Domino Sugar Factory Demolition Begins

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

A massive wooden construction barrier has gone up along the Kent Avenue side of the Domino Sugar factory; workers were seen nearing completion of the Grand Street side of the wall today, all but completely shielding the doomed complex (minus the landmarked refinery, of course) from view forevermore.
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Party in the Face of Domino’s Impending Doom Tomorrow

(image via Save Domino's press release)

(image via Save Domino’s press release)

The Domino Sugar Factory’s demolition is scheduled to start this month, but opposition organization Save Domino isn’t quite ready to throw in the towel. What to do when protests, community organizing, and dissident light displays have all failed to get results? Throw a rager, of course.
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