Friday, October 15, 2010

Yet Another Armory Study

Bronx BP Ruben Diaz Jr.'s office announced yesterday that the faculty and students of NYU's Capstone Program will be engaging in a year-long study to determine alternate uses for the Kingsbridge Armory. The blogger over at Bronx Political Chatter pretty much sums up our feelings on yet another study of the redevelopment of the Armory. Study it all you want - you still need someone who's willing to come in invest hundreds of millions of dollars to rehab it.

Bronx News Network spoke with Diaz Jr.'s Communications Director, John DeSio, who said that this is great news for the Armory and, "Things, they come through this program, they happen." Whew - now I feel better!

~ErLu

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

So the collective wisdom of all those bigwigs is that a bunch of inexperienced students can come up with better ideas?

Anonymous said...

Maybe they can. The bigwigs didn't do such a good job.

Newburgh Restoration said...

All I know is that each time they conduct one of those studies a lot of money is spent to conduct them, when they usually come to the same conclusions that were drawn in the past anyway.

Anonymous said...

Take the money used for the study, and make it a skating rink. Or how about building a movie theatre in the area, or a museum.

But yeah, the students should have better ideas than our corrupt politicians did.

Guywithacause said...

So over the past..I dunno...15 or 20 years, we had studies from the city, studies from community organizations, a study in progress supposedly from various local businesses, leaders, community members, and now a study by students. Who the **** is next? A study by red-headed midgets? Nasa scientists? Hindus?

More studies = more wasted time and passing the buck..nothing more. Why should Diaz take ownership of the Armory disaster he single-handedly created when he can simply assign it as homework to various groups? Hey it's not my fault, there is a study going on and as soon as it's done, we will have a solution! And right after that study we will have another to confirm that the first study is the right choice. And 15 years from now, we will have a study about how all the money spent on studies amounted to nothing. This is the Bronx machine at its finest and why we are falling further and further behind!!

Ruben, you were not elected to learn on the job, or commission studies until you found one you liked. STOP WASTING SO MUCH ****ING TIME AND GET SOMETHING DONE. ANYTHING. I understand that you are beholden to your owners (The Democratic machine) but at this point even these dummies acknowledge the colossal disaster (public relations and otherwise) this has become, and has sunk any aspirations you had of higher office ANYWHERE.

Thanks Rubencito! And don't forget to remind people gay marriage is bad and evil like papa Diaz says!

x said...

Please let a B Boy tell them what to do.
If I had the millions necessary to do a facility of that size that serves in the immediate area, 4 high schools, 4 colleges, a VA facility -staff and visitors-, has incredible public transit access and the space under ground for parking in an area that is under served by a serious grocery facility and entertainment options I'd........ put in a suburban sized grocery with some upscale organics/fresh spices -india, asia, rest of the world-/unusual options and space for a different green market vendor bi-weekly with cooking demonstrations and large aisles that are well lit along with COSTCO sized items that are a real value -no 100 pairs of sock for $1 but dog food, diapers, etc- . Then above that a movie theater with either a bowling alley or a Dave and Buster.
Yeah, I've been places and seen things and know how to envision on a grand scale -Think those college kids won't swarm Dave and Buster and the bowling alley, think the area kids won't want to save $10 in subway fare when on a date, think the VA staff and college professors won't get together at D&B on Friday, think the Fordham Village coop etc won't shop at a real supermarket.

Come on Bronx BP office it's easy to do.......

Keana said...

this is a game

he didnt get the graft he wanted from Related, so now, he's going to channel money for another "study" into his pockets.

Rubencito is a goddamned fool and a crook. I once believed the living wage was important...now I am surrounded by human suffering...and people need JOBS.

I agree with the organic global foot market, the movie theatre, the Dave and Busters type of theme restaurant...something for the children of the area, an ice skating rink perhaps...just stop f***** around with our tax dollars and get something REAL done besides all that shuckin and jivin you do for Jeffrey Dinowitz.

Jerkoff.

*can you tell I am emotional and frustrated over this issue. Sorry!

Anonymous said...

At least this study is done by students, so the taxpayers won't be paying a bunch of expensive consultants.

Anonymous said...

its amazing the difference of opinion you hear on the blogs from what was said at the time when they killed the armory--all those "community representatives" who were involved in killing this project claimed that we don't need a mall, a movie theater, a costco, quality food shopping, etc. no we should just continue to drive or take the bus to westchester and jersey to get all those things. instead they claimed to speak for the community and what we really needed was space for kids to hang out and some job training programs. who really speaks for the community?

Anonymous said...

I think we had better ideas on this post than any blue ribbon panel will come up with.

100PercentBronx said...

Hey BD what about the channel 5 and 9 blackout on Cablevision.
BP Diaz had a hearing a few months ago on the renewal of Cablevisions cable contract. I was the only person to testify that the people of the Bronx should be given the choice of any cable company, and not only Verizon FIOS as an alternative.
Any other comments?

x said...

I refuse to pay for tv.
As a matter of fact since the old set broke I have done without for like 3 years now.
Netflix and streaming tv.
It is amazing what you can do without seeing the night of the show.

Anonymous said...

I'be been without pay tv for years now. Although the radio shack digital antennas suck- you can't get channel 7 or PBS 13- those signals are weak in the Bronx. However thanks to streaming netflix, I don't have any need or desire for Cablevision. Netflix has the best of any show or documentary available instantly.

Anonymous said...

Word, X! I refuse to pay for advertisements (in my opinion that is what cable is...) In fact, I got one of these babies (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Antennas+Direct+-+ClearStream+2+Long-Range+HDTV+Outdoor+Antenna/9119642.p?id=1218027044954&skuId=9119642) mounted on my roof and I have never missed anything important. The tv stations are clear and FREE! Plus, I will be watching the Giants game today without interruption Boooo yah!

Anyways, make sure to lobby your coop board or superintendent to hook up one of these HDTV antennas! With a descent contractor (there are ones who specialize in digital antenna installation), residents can have free, quality tv without being barked at by mindless, expensive cable shows.

Anonymous said...

Keana is right on the mark. rubencito blew it and now we have to suffer. he is too busy suckin up to dimwit to realize that the bronx is hurting and needed those jobs and huge investment. who is going to want to invest big dollars in our borough now--it will all go to manhattan and brookly. thanks ruben!

Anonymous said...

Not trying to let the BP off the hook, because it is a bully pulpit and it was used to our detriment, but let's also remember his role in this was always advisory. I think history will show that he bet on the wrong horse, but that at least (maybe) he can turn it around.

But let's not forget that it is our illustrious city council delegation (new & old) that actually presuaded the rest of the city council to vote against the project as they were pandering for votes and community support.

And how about the role of our local media, who after years of groaning about wanting to see a plan for the Armory and their now infamous "Armory countdown clock" all of a sudden jumped on the populist bandwagon to kill the project.

Finally, lets point the finger at some of the real "shakedown" artist like KARA, the Retail Workers Union, and Morton Williams, who practically extorted, lied, and manipulated the process to get their way. Each of them banded together to make sure that they either got what they wanted or nothing, and the community be damned! They rallied the masses to their cause and left them holding the shopping bag!

One KARA operative got a high paying job with the Retail Union and another used it as a soapbox to launch their private political ambitions. Meanwhile, after the dust has settled, the jobless and desperate are still trying to figure out what happened.

So yeah, there is plenty of blame to go around, but it was a concerted effort by mostly local individuals who thought themselves to be bigger than they actually are. But hey, they have their sham not-for-profit jobs and yellow journalism to fall back on and don't have to struggle like EVERYONE ELSE!!!

Idiots the lot of them...

Signed,
EVERYBODY THAT HAS TO LIVE WITH THE MESS THESE HACKS CREATED!!

Anonymous said...

Hey, if you are every on Route 100 in Scarsdale, just before White Plains, you'll notice that there is a Morton Williams supermarket...

Right next to a Pathmark in a shopping mall without a living wage requirement!!

Go figure...

Anonymous said...

anon at 12:22 is brillant!