Local politicians have cash in hand to cover more than half of the cost of a long-planned cultural center in Williamsburg, the Brooklyn Paper reports. Borough President Marty Markowitz and Councilmember Steve Levin have $1.25 million to transform a firehouse on Wythe near North 8th that Mayor Bloomberg closed in 2003 into The Northside Town Hall Community and Cultural Center, which would offer office space to nonprofits, showing space to artists, and gathering space to families. Private fundraising has brought in about $250,000, which means organizers need (hang on a second while I crunch these numbers) another $500,000 to meet their $2 million goal.
Levin told us last year that continued support for the town hall was one of the things he received from the city in return for his support of the Domino development. At least it looks like something’s actually coming out of that, unlike other development-related promises that were made to the community.