Domino Development Passes City Council, Loses 4 Floors & Will Pay "Prevailing Wages"

It’s a go. The 36-floor project, which will create 2,200 apartments (660 of which will actually be affordable), 143,000 sq. feet of community, office, and retail space, keep the iconic sign, and create some new waterfront space, will break ground in one year and take ten years to complete.

Here’s the good:

During last-minute negotiations, the developer agreed to reduce two planned 40-story towers to 36 floors. The lost space from those floors will be added to other buildings on the site. The corporation also agreed that construction, building service and eventual supermarket workers at the New Domino would be paid prevailing wages.

and from before, the bad:

Levin (D-Williamsburg) and his mentor, Brooklyn Democratic boss Vito Lopez (D-Bushwick), had railed against the project, leading rallies against it and charging that thousands of new residents would overwhelm the neighborhood, especially already-packed subways and buses.

The spin cycle is on full throttle…

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The Oil Spill Just Killed a Fucking Whale.

Photo c/o Brooklyn Street Art

As if a daily stream of 60,000 barrels of oil into the ocean, heartbreaking photos of suffering animals,  the northern migration of man-eating sharks , or you know, the complete decimation of the Gulf Coast wasn’t enough, now there’s this.

Accrding to Gawker, the oil spill has killed a fucking whale.

Scientists are still studying the carcass to determine the exact cause of death, but a fucking whale guys. Guess all those brown splatter paint bombs you’ve been lobbing at BP affiliate gas stations haven’t been doing the trick…

PS – Boing Boing has a list of ways you can actually help

PPS – NOT THAT WE’D ENDORSE ANYTHING ILLEGAL but if anyone DOES feel like getting a little more, um, creative with their protests, these stickers have been popping up all over the hood, and the blog Brooklyn Street Art is holding an awesome logo contest (where the above image is from) to help “rebrand” BP.

The Sarah Palin Song

Rachel Tears Crazy Homophobe New Asshole

If you only watch one video all week, it should be this one. [via]

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I Don't Know Whether To Run, Laugh Or Cheer

This guy is clearly nuts, but also entertaining. Skip past the snake oil sales pitch to the 30 second mark:

Video from The Yes Men's Fake Chamber of Commerce Presser

(via Gawker, shot by Brandon Jourdan)

Shoe Guy Speaks

From The Guardian

I am not a hero. But I have a point of view. I have a stance. It humiliated me to see my country humiliated; and to see my Baghdad burned, my people killed. Thousands of tragic pictures remained in my head, pushing me towards the path of confrontation. The scandal of Abu Ghraib. The massacre of Falluja, Najaf, Haditha, Sadr City, Basra, Diyala, Mosul, Tal Afar, and every inch of our wounded land. I travelled through my burning land and saw with my own eyes the pain of the victims, and heard with my own ears the screams of the orphans and the bereaved. And a feeling of shame haunted me like an ugly name because I was powerless.
As soon as I finished my professional duties in reporting the daily tragedies, while I washed away the remains of the debris of the ruined Iraqi houses, or the blood that stained my clothes, I would clench my teeth and make a pledge to our victims, a pledge of vengeance.
The opportunity came, and I took it.
I took it out of loyalty to every drop of innocent blood that has been shed through the occupation or because of it, every scream of a bereaved mother, every moan of an orphan, the sorrow of a rape victim, the teardrop of an orphan.
I say to those who reproach me: do you know how many broken homes that shoe which I threw had entered? How many times it had trodden over the blood of innocent victims? Maybe that shoe was the appropriate response when all values were violated.

Vote in the Primary Today

Just a friendly reminder that today is Primary Day in NYC ‚Äì get out and vote! Polls will be open from 6am to 9pm Tuesday, so registered Democrats should cast their votes for City Council, Mayoral, Comptroller, Public Advocate and more. If you aren’t sure who is running in your district, you can access lots of information from the City’s election site. (Hint: if you live in Greenpoint, Williamsburg or Bushwick, chances are you are part of the 33rd or 34th Districts.)
For more detailed info on the candidates, we suggest you take a look at NY1’s debate series, or one of the fantastic candidate profiles done by our friends at the Greenpoint Gazette. The Times also offers a relatively concise breakdown here.