BdB on NYCHA freeze, Blissville shelter

Mayor Bill de Blasio commented on the NYCHA boiler issue (at Astoria Houses and elsewhere) and the Blissville 100-single men homeless shelter (just 12 hours after people railed about it at CB2) on the Brian Lehrer Show Friday. On the heat issue, BDB defended himself from Governor Andrew Cuomo for saying on the show Thursday that it’s a city management issue, not the state’s failure to supply enough funds. Cuomo insisted that as a former HUD secretary (before Ben Carson) he knew what he was talking about. “Fix it!” Cuomo had yelled, as though just annoyed with the de Blasio admin. BdB retorted, “Why doesn’t he stop talking and give us the $250 million that he already signed off on?” So, the mayor and the governor are my parents. 

On the Blissville shelter (you can listen at 7:34 – and, disclosure: I work for Brian Lehrer in some capacity but am not promoting his radio show) Rebecca called in to complain about the City View 100 men shelter and the Fairfield Inn shelter opening soon with 154 families. “Are there guidelines for density? Because at this point it will be one to one,” she said. BdB:

“We care obviously to make sure that wherever there is a shelter facility, that we take into account the needs of the surrounding community and we try and balance things, but we also have a shortage of available sites,” BdB said. “We need the sites to make sure that people are sheltered and we want them to be as fairly distributed as possible and we want to think about things obviously like the impact on the immediate community.” 

A few notes:

  • Activists will be rallying at noon today against waterfront developments on 44th Drive. I plan to stop by and observe. 
  • Estée Lauder is moving “dozens” of IT jobs from Long Island to LIC, Newsday reports. The company’s tech hub will open at 1 Queens Plaza North in July. With its proximity to the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island LIC seems to be where it’s at these days for tech.

    “Long Island City is a growing hub for startups, tech and digital companies,” Michael Smith, the chief information officer said, adding, “our team will greatly benefit from being at the center of this fast-paced and vibrant environment.” 

1 Queens Plaza North, site of a future Estée Lauder tech hub.

  • Whoa, cool new basketball court under the Triborough Bridge.
  • LIC kids are about to get incubated. Kindergarteners who are supposed to go to a Hunters Point South school, which doesn’t exist yet, will not be taking a bus to Woodside after some outcry by parents, but will be placed (“incubated”) in a Pre-K facility on Jackson Ave for a few years.
  • Former Governor Elliot Spitzer is a developer now and he’s talking about Western Queens. From the NY Observer:

“Queens is having a moment where values are going up very rapidly,” he said. “There’s significant demand… There’s a lot of exciting stuff going on at the Bronx shoreline; in Queens, in Astoria and Sunnyside, a lot of projects are on the drawing board.”

  • The NYPD is searching for whoever fired three gun shots into Dutch Kills Playground two weeks back.
  • This guy moved to Florida, came back to Corona for a visit and was killed.
  • 114th Precinct Captain Osvaldo Nunez says there’s been a spike in Astoria auto break-ins (8) in the past month.
  • A guy stole a pretty small amount of cash from TD Bank in Court Square.
  • TF Cornerstone filed a permit for the smaller of its two Hunters Point South towers at 46 stories, NewYorkYIMBY reports. I find this detail odd: “Private terraces will be incorporated into the 6th, 44th, and 45th floors.”
  • Need culture but only have $12 or less? The New York Times lists four museums right here in Queens that are “not free, but a bargain.”
    • MoMA PS1 (free for city residents, $10 for your visiting friends)
    • Noguchi Museum (free first Friday of the month, $10 other days)
    • Sculpture Center ($5 suggested donay)
    • Queens Museum ($8 suggested)
  • Councilmen Jimmy van Bramer and Daniel Dromm have culture. They went to see Queens of the Night/Reinas de la Noche at Thalia Spanish Theatre.
  • Billboard (not the one State Rep. Aravella Simotas wants down) published something very long about QB rapper Roxanne Shanté.
  • JVB says cycling advocates went too far by harassing him on Twitter and he says the spokes enthusiasts are hijacking the St. Pat’s parade Sunday. The handlebar crowd is calling for safety improvements on Skillman and 43rd avenues.
  • The borough has mail problems.
  • “This is just mind boggling to me how we can watch our children die,” said State Sen. Michael Gianaris Wednesday after a gun safety bill – involving expanding background check times – died.
  • Old News: cops were looking this week for whoever shot two guys outside Riviera Gentleman’s Club on Steinway Street last weekend.
  • Has anyone seen this Roosevelt Island man?

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