DATELINE FEB. 24, 2010: QUEENS CRAP ROVING REPORTER
CLAIRE SHULMAN SUPPORTING ANOTHER LAND GRAB BY DEVELOPERS
I’ve attended many a dog-&-pony show before, but look at what came out of the chute at the Flushing BID rodeo held at Flushing’s Sheraton East hotel: our bovine ex-BEEP Claire Shulman. From her appearance in these photos, she looks like she was pulled out of mothballs or some critical meeting with her Willets Point LDC cohorts.
Shulman attended, along with some of the other usual suspects, to support Wellington Chen and his pals over at TDC as they presented to the public their over-development plan for Municipal Parking Lot #1 in downtown Flushing, Flushing Commons. Could this appearance have been a condition for Shulman receiving her “Wellington Welfare?”
Is she not earning about a quarter of a million dollars a year lobbying for the Willets Point land grab project? Is she not often pictured with Wellington Chen, who’s closely allied to development companies TDC, F&T, Fultonex, etc? Hmmm, I’d like some of that welfare, too, when I’m put out to pasture. She clearly learned her lessons at the knee of mentor Donald Manes, and they pay well, too. In their continuing effort to destroy the quality of life in New York City, the Bloomberg administration is now selling off this public parking lot to TDC, a private developer.
TDC’s proposed private project is massive, dense, tall, oppressive, and quite dated in design. It will include upscale shopping, upscale condos, upscale offices but no movie theater for you masses to attend, even though it was previously required and promised.
Michael Meyer of TDC, also representing the Rockefeller Group, made the presentation. He seemed pretty cocky to start with, speaking to a business audience (plus reporters, of course). This reporter suspects he expected a sympathetic audience. Far from it! Concerns were raised about parking, Mom-&-Pop businesses being put out of business by the construction & eventual competition in Flushing Commons, truck delivery traffic, safety, etc.
The following evening-- Wednesday, Feb. 24-- CB7 held a committee meeting on the parking aspect of the project with the developers, with Meyers presenting again. The original deal required capping the low muni parking rates in perpetuity, but that seems to have gone by the board, along with the requirement for adequate parking spaces. Long term parking will be going to Willets Point. And don’t ask about parking during actual construction-- how many blocks do you want to walk from your car to stores or subway? Hey, the exercise is good for you!
I have a shorter version from another QC fan:
"The presenter for TDC/Rockefeller lost his cool at both presentations and treated the audience like mentally-impaired cows."
Well, we can see that there was at least one in attendance.