From Christine Quinn's "State of the City" Address:
"We have empty industrial buildings in neighborhoods like Long Island City and the South Bronx - buildings that could easily be subdivided and outfitted for these small manufacturers.
But most property owners have been more interested in converting them to luxury condos, or keeping them vacant until the market turns around.
Working with Diana Reyna, the Council has partnered with two non-profits that purchase and renovate empty factories in Brooklyn.
Then they lease space to dozens of small manufacturers."
You mean you're admitting that when you led the charge to rezone these areas for luxury condos knowing full well that it would drive out small business, that it was a gigantic mistake?
Well, thanks for sharing. It's always easier (and less expensive) to prevent a mess than to clean one up afterward. Although we all know those luxury condos with their tax abatements and whatnot are the reason the city is swimming in money right now while the rest of the country is in the red.
Oh, wait a minute...