The Mayor has released his plan for the redevelopment of Willets Point, and it doesn't include retaining the businesses that have been there for decades:
“After a century of blight and neglect, this neighborhood’s future is very bright indeed,” Mr. Bloomberg said.
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The mayor promises relocation assistance, but the owners aren't buying it:
“There’s not a blade of grass, there is no empty land for us,” said Jake Bono, a co-owner of Bono Sawdust, a 74-year-old business in Willets Point. “Any empty land has a crane on it.”
Jake's a rather observant fellow.
Newsday reports on the plan, too:
Whole new ballgame for Willets Point
In Willets Point, change is coming, like it or not
Their video interview of the area's only resident is worth watching as well.
Read the mayor's press release.
Watch the video of the announcement in dial-up or broadband, if for no other reason that to watch his uncomfortable banter with Helen Marshall. Try not to vomit during the Great Gatsby ash heap references.
Photo from NY Daily News