Honey, did you hear something outside?
That was basically Mike Bloomberg‘s message after Friday’s crane collapse brought the number of people killed here in the past two months by massive shit falling out of the sky to 9. Nice, Mike. I’ve walked under that construction site more than a few times myself. My crappy camera wouldn’t zoom in enough to capture the penthouse on top of this building that was completely obliterated.
Since we spent some time last week shitting all over the New York Times (and rightly so) I thought I would note that in addition to choosing Tiger Woods (who is the MAN) over a "writer who lives in Brooklyn" for this week’s Magazine cover, the paper also ran a good piece about the Bloomerberg-inspired building boom in Manhattan and the risks that go with it. [See above.]
I can attest that the pace at which these luxury condo buildings go up is goddamned unbelievable, and for my money, there is no way the inspection process is keeping up. Obviously, it’s not. Never mind that these buildings are the very symbols of the disappearance of the middle class from Manhattan, something our billionaire mayor seems to care nothing about. In this neighborhood alone there are three massive high-end buildings going up, with two bedroom units topping out at around $7 million. Keep in mind, this is one of the more affordable places in Manhattan below 100th Street. I mean, Casey pays OK, but I’m not looking forward to our lease renewal in January.