At Sea on Governors Island
October 2nd, 2006

It is once again back to the drawing board at Governors Island as officials last month rejected all the proposals for the land in New York harbor, saying they would require too hefty a public subsidy.

This is the latest setback in plans to develop the island, which the federal government gave to the city and state in 2003. After two years with little progress, Mayor Michael Bloomberg last year handed the job of overseeing the island over to deputy mayor Daniel Doctoroff. But so far Doctoroff is not faring much better in the middle of the harbor than he did with the 2012 Olympics.

In an editorial, the Times says some of the blame for the latest woes lies with the city itself. Developers are clearly in need of better guidance. The Bloomberg and Pataki administrations should put together a master plan, and then seek private sector proposals for its components, the paper says.

Polis reports that, rather than looking for a plan for the entire island, the city and state agency entrusted with developing it, will probably ask for proposals for parts of the place. “Probably a good idea, the blog says. “Given how these massive redevelopment projects have a tendency to get bogged down to the point of total paralysis, taking one chunk such as a 40-acre park, which is mandated and making that happen, is probably a good place to start.

But Curbed expresses doubt about divvying up the island into smaller, more easily ruined pieces.

Noting that the problem with Governors Island is getting there, the Built Environment has suggests a bus rapid transit link from Red Hook to the tip of Governors Island to Lower Manhattan. The blog concedes its plan might be flawed but says doing nothing is worse: The cost of inaction regarding Governors Island is too high for New York to bear. With some new thinking and a willingness to take a chance, Governors Island could become an amazing place.

By on October 2, 2006, 1:33 pm
In category: Gotham City,Land Use,Parks,Waterfront | 6 Comments »

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6 Responses to “At Sea on Governors Island”

  1. Joep de Koning Says:
    October 3rd, 2006 at 6:15 am

    It surprises us that every media outlet in New York, whether print, radio or television, has managed to editorialize on the development of Governors Island for ten years now. Yet, they all have reacted only to press releases from politicians, their appointees and agency officials. Not once have these media channels critically examined even one of the many hundreds of proposals made over those years. Hence, the media has done its readers a great disservice by keeping the public deliberately in the dark. The Times’ editorial especially misleads its readers through omission and by explicitly blaming the city. It knows better but pretends not to know. If an average researcher were to take the time to study the various links available on a lot more could be told the public than government press releases and feigned accusatory editorials showing profound ignorance of the process and its players.

  2. David Niederman Says:
    November 27th, 2006 at 11:25 pm

    Understand your pain, but it will take alot of strong willed prosecutors maybe GIULIANI and SPITZER together to get rid of these thugs, What is interesting about the thugs you are talking about is that if you take a guy like Lezer (Louis) Kestenbaum who is most probably the leader of the pack of thugs, he controls all the monies that comes into Williamsburg being that he is charge of the O.D.A. organization which receives Millions and Millions of dollars from State, Federal, City, etc and he also controls the United Jewish Organization (UJO) of Williamsburg and many more organizations here and abroad like Jerusalem Homes which is an open secret that he is using it as a Massive Money Laundering operation after raising from thousends of people alot of them poor people and bullshiting them that the money is going for poor people in Jerusalem, so here you have the “BOSS” who is well connected politicly, case in point his fight in Greenpoint at one of his real estate holdings there the former Cass Gilbert Building which he was able to overturn our own populer Mayor’s veto in the City Council with his connections, and what do you need more then the fact that he was indicted in the state of Ohio and after spending Millions in bribes he got away with one of the biggest frauds in that state, these thugs will be very hard to get rid, yes it is a fact that in the last several years you have seen some of Kestenbaum’s best buddies and partners get convicted like his partner Nat Schlesinger, and his buddy Victor Jacobs from Allou getting indicted but the big Sharks are still flying around…..

  3. Martin Rottier Says:
    December 7th, 2006 at 4:51 am


    The idea is still poissible.
    I will call Joep today.

    Martin Rottier

  4. Joe Says:
    December 24th, 2007 at 9:32 am

    ELIEZER ( LOUIS ) Kestenbaum was also arrested with the rabbi of spinka as being a part of the money laundering team. Kestenbaum is the president of the ODA organization in Williamsburg brooklyn NY

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  6. asd Says:
    October 26th, 2012 at 4:51 am

    Who seriously has the time to attend the theaters nowadays? Unless you’re on holiday which occurs only once inside a year.

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