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With City’s Offer Expired, Sun Might Be Setting on Bushwick Inlet Park

(Photo: Matthew Caton)

(Photo: Matthew Caton)

After 60 days on the table, the city’s offer to pay the former CitiStorage site’s owner $100 million for the final parcel of the long-promised Bushwick Inlet Park has officially expired. With Norman Brodsky’s default rejection of the offer (less than half the $250 million he was hoping for) questions emerge as to whether the Williamsburg waterfront park—which was first promised in 2005 as part of a rezoning deal that allowed for more high-rise developments in the sought-after neighborhood—will ever be completely finished.

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Chinatown Protesters Call Mayor’s Housing Plan ‘Nothing But a Big Scam’

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

It was freezing outside, but the 60-odd Chinatown community activists gathered in front of Gracie Mansion yesterday were fired up. In English, Spanish and Chinese, they decried Mayor de Blasio’s rezoning plan and ties to the real estate industry, flinging insults and calling for his resignation.  “Coward!” “Racist!” “Shame!” they yelled. As the sun set, they even left him with a “gift.”

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Spice Is Vice: Mayor Passes New Laws Aimed at Ending ‘Plague of K2’

(Screenshot via YouTube)

(Screenshot via YouTube)

The Mayor signed a series of laws today criminalizing K2, part of the City’s continuing effort to crack down on the use and sale of synthetic marijuana. The drug, which Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bratton both referred to as “poison,” is a liquid substance manufacturers spray on herbs. It has been marketed as incense, spice and, perhaps the most hilarious departure from its actual use, bath salts.

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Some Sorry Parks and Playgrounds Just Netted Millions in Fix-Up Funds

(Photo courtesy of NYC Parks)

(Photo courtesy of NYC Parks)

The De Blasio administration pulled off a regular slam dunk with this one — yesterday the Mayor’s office announced the allocation of $130 million to improving some of the city’s most neglected public parks. The Community Parks Initiative, brought to you by the High Line-snubbing mayor, will not just physically improve 35 underdog parks across the city, it will also expand site-specific programming and activities.
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De Blasio Brags About Brooklyn Techies, Announces $10M ‘Tech Talent Pipeline’

Not a TED Talk (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Not a TED Talk (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Mayor Bill De Blasio kicked off Internet Week near Union Square this morning, but despite the Manhattan location, it was Brooklyn — where companies like Kickstarter have taken root — that he touted as an “extraordinary example of success” in the tech sector.
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