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City OKs Parts of Greenpoint Landing; Developer Will Give Millions to Park, School

Stephen Levin at a City Council hearing last week. (Christopher DiScipio)

Stephen Levin at a City Council hearing last week. (Christopher DiScipio)

After a hearing that drew at least one celeb protester, the City Council has approved land use actions for several sections of the impending Greenpoint Landing development. The affected sites include a lot that has been donated by the developers for use as a pre-K-to-8th-grade public school. Greenpoint Landing Associates (GLA), the developers of the site, made several large modifications to their plan before the council approved it yesterday, due largely to negotiations with Greenpoint’s star Council member Stephen Levin.
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Guess Which Superbad Actor Tried to Fight Greenpoint’s New Towers Yesterday

A rendering of 77 Commercial. (Photo: Christopher DiScipio)

A rendering of 77 Commercial. (Photo: Christopher DiScipio)

Councilman Stephen Levin and around 20 others — including an actor you’ve seen in The Departed, Superbad, and Pineapple Express — showed up at City Hall yesterday to fight two massive towers bound for the Greenpoint waterfront.

Having reached the homestretch of the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, developers of Greenpoint Landing and 77 Commercial tried to sell the City Council’s Land Use committee on their respective proposals, which would add a combined 5,000 apartment units and more than 170,000 square feet of public open space to Greenpoint’s northern shores.
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District 2: This Harley Riding Pastor Wants to Be Your New City Councilman

Del Rio co-ordinating Sandy relief efforts (Photo: Jonathen Adkins)

Del Rio co-ordinating Sandy relief efforts (Photo: Jonathen Adkins)

Aspiring City Councilman Rick Del Rio raps his gold-ringed knuckles on the table as he speaks, his colorful bicep tattoos (“Jesus Christ Is Lord” and “The Lion of Judah Has Conquered”) peeking out from beneath the sleeves of a black button-up.

“I’m a political outsider, and being a political outsider means I have a lot to learn,” he says in a gravelly, booming voice that one can easily imagine bellowing across a pulpit. “But I’ll learn it. Because whatever I have to do, I will do. I’ve got no issues with ego; I just want to serve. And I’ve got no fear.”
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Up Against Vito, Antonio Reynoso Has Been Knocking On a Lot of Wood Lately

Reynoso and Melinda Katz in Ridgewood. (Photo: Nicole Paluska)

Reynoso and Melinda Katz in Ridgewood. (Photo: Nicole Paluska)

“I’ve got the easiest pitch in the city,’” District 34 City Council hopeful Antonio Reynoso said at a fundraiser earlier this year: “Hi, I don’t sexually harass my staff, will you vote for me?”

Media coverage of 30-year-old Reynoso’s campaign to win tomorrow’s Democratic primary has overwhelmingly focused on the bad behavior of his opponent, former State Assemblyman Vito Lopez. Lopez, who is 72, resigned from the State Assembly last May when several female staffers accused him of sexual harassment. Soon after, Lopez began raising money for a City Council run in District 34, which encompasses Williamsburg, Bushwick and part of Ridgewood, Queens.
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Stephen Pierson Told Some ‘Awesome’ Greenpointers to Keep Fighting the Towers

City Council candidate Stephen Pierson talked to Greenpoint residents at an anti-development rally. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

City Council candidate Stephen Pierson talked to Greenpoint residents at an anti-development rally. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Last night, around 80 Greenpoint residents – kids, lifers, parents, artists and seniors  – gathered on the quiet grounds of Newton Barge Playground. Across Commercial Street, a series of large and barren lots extended beyond a low chain-link fence, looking magically forgotten in comparison to Manhattan’s sprawling towers.

In a tailored suit and casual ankle boots, City Council candidate Stephen Pierson gripped a megaphone. “Tonight is about hearing your views,” he said to those wielding signs reading “The Roof Is Too Damn High” and “Greenpoint [does not equal] Midtown.”
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