The Toll Brothers
The Williamsburg development boom and bust has a wide array of developer villains, but it’s the Toll Brothers who really stand out: not only for their ridiculous and offensive slogans (“Williamsburg. All Grown Up.”) and garish out-of-context behemoths (e.g. Northside Piers on Kent and N. 4th), but also because they’re not even based in New York City! The national developer has its home offices across the river in Hoboken; no wonder they don’t give a shit about our neighborhoods.
they just lost their lease, and need to find another….preferably in the immediate neighborhood, for not much money…
Mayor Bloomberg is in the picture but there isn’t anything written about him, how come?
His editing staff is still next to impeccable. I think you meant savvy.
In terms of heroes and villains, you have both in what’s going on with the 1-2-3 Community Space. You’ve written about the heroes, but there is also a villain, or rather villains. You can read about them on a blog set up to chronicle the eviction of 1-2-3 by money-grubbing landlords (I know, that’s redundant).
I think Bloomberg is on the cover as he’s referred to in the Reverend Billy editorial.
Thanks GOD this jackass is being called out. I’m glad to see the villains behind the villains called out.
Graydon Carter is a villain because time and age has given him a different perspective in life? Prepare author, for you too will in time (and with age) join the ranks of ‘villains’ everywhere. Unless you’re just so closed minded as to never change.
Also, when does libertarianism == ‘giving up’. That’s just reductionism.
You list Bloomberg as a villain but his traffic doyenne, Sadik-Khan, is a hero. And Billy Talen, no matter how well intentioned, is a clown.