December 1 - 7, 2011
D.G. WORD TO O.W.S.
Local elected ofﬁcials, to vary-ing degrees, tried to defend Occupy Wall Street’s encamp-ment in Zuccotti Park from eviction by Mayor
,but failed. Desperately scrambling to ﬁnd a new home,O.W.S. is now focusing on the Trinity Real Estate-ownedopen lot at Canal St. and Sixth Ave. So, are any local politi-cians endorsing the idea of a new occupation at that spot?Defending is one thing, but offering an invitation — “Yo, Igot your occupy right here!” — is perhaps another. We askedAssemblymember
for her thoughts sinceTrinity’s Duarte Square space is, in fact, in her district. Sheprefaced her comments by saying, “I support the notion thatthere has to be a resolution to the growing income equality— which is what I’ve been speaking about for years. AndI think they’ve done an incredible job speaking about it. Ithink they, in a very short amount of time, got a nationaland international discourse going,” she said of O.W.S. TheZuccotti Park encampment was located in the district of thepowerful Assembly speaker,
. Glick was noton the front lines calling for O.W.S.’s tent city to be allowedto stay there. “It was not my district. I was agnostic as tohow it should proceed,” she said. Asked whether she wouldwelcome an O.W.S.-palooza-style encampment at DuarteSquare, she said, “I’m not sure that you utilize the sametactics going forward. But it’s not up to me to tell a leader-less group what to do.” But then she reiterated, “They maywant to think about different tactics.” ... F.Y.I., police arenow posting a police car or van outside the “LentSpace”fenced-in lot at Duarte Square that O.W.S. covets. On Sun.,Nov. 20, 200 members of the group marched from JudsonChurch down to the Canal St. lot and held a candlelight vigil,begging Trinity to let them use it.
SINGER MAKES AN OFFER:
does stillexist — “unfortunately,” many readers will no doubt think. We hadn’t heard from him in a while, despite our efforts toreach him, so we were seriously wondering. Following therecent strategizing meeting about trying to get a communitycenter restored in the old P.S. 64 building on E. Ninth St.near Avenue B, one of the meeting’s participants,
, resolved to personally reach out to the embattleddeveloper and see if he was willing to negotiate. As Sinclairtells it, the two met at the decommissioned school buildingon Wednesday afternoon and had a sit-down in a pseudo-swanky meeting space Singer has constructed with sheetrockwalls and hardwood ﬂoors in the building’s front. Singer wassporting a “funky” jacket, sort of a safari jacket, accordingto Sinclair. Basically, Sinclair said, Singer told him he’s beentrying to rent out the building for use as university dormitoryspace, but that Councilmember
and the com-munity have been frustrating all his efforts, scaring everyoneoff. The landmarked building has a total of 152,000 squarefeet, 111,000 of which is usable space. At the brainstorm-ing meeting two weeks ago, former squatter
pitched a “rudimentary proposal” under which they wouldask Singer to cede the building’s two lower ﬂoors for useas a community center on the ground ﬂoor, plus a hub forup to 25 nonproﬁt tenants on the second ﬂoor. Two ﬂoorswould equal about 40,000 square feet, according to Sinclair.Instead, Sinclair said, the idea that Singer likes would be togive from 6,000 to 12,000 square feet — something like 5percent to 10 percent of the total space — for use as a com-munity center, while giving a 99-year lease to Baruch Collegeto redevelop the rest of the building as a student dorm. “Theaverage Soho loft is 2,000 square feet,” Sinclair noted. “Sixthousand square feet would be enough for meeting rooms,rehearsal space, daycare.” More than that isn’t needed, hesaid. “I don’t think Eric understands how big this place is,”Sinclair said. “If he got one ﬂoor, that’s 20,000 square feet.That’s like a Walmart. You don’t need that amount of spacefor a community center. It seems to me, 7,000 or 10,000square feet — something in that range. Twenty thousandsquare feet is good for indoor soccer.” Sinclair said Singerdeﬁnitely wants a dorm because that’s the “highest use” forthe building, as in highest amount of moolah. It would takeabout $37.5 million to build out the dorm space with upto 500 beds, Sinclair said the developer explained to him.The community center would be built out as a plain whitespace to be further developed as the community wished.Continuing on his D.I.Y. mission, Sinclair’s plan was nextto call
, CUNY’s president, on Thursdayand propose the idea. Asked how Singer feels about havinghad all his schemes for the building repeatedly stymied bythe community for more than 12 years, Sinclair said, “He’svery bitter about it. He has a somewhat Marie Antoinetteattitude about it — “Let them eat cake” — because he is theowner and owners in this country have some rights.” So,who is Sinclair? you ask. He moved onto 10th St. acrossfrom the old P.S. 64 three months ago. He’s currently aﬁnancial adviser for Wells Fargo and previously had a recordlabel, Mechanic Records, specializing in hardcore and heavymetal bands. He signed the likes of Megadeath, AgnosticFront, Voivod, Dream Theater, Ludachrist and Scalp theLandmarked Building. (Just kidding, but that’s what Singerdid to the old P.S. 64 when he brutally lopped off its beauti-ful ornamentation.) He’s also the president of the ProgressRepublican Club, which he noted is the nation’s oldestRepublican club. “I’d be really happy to break this impasse,”Sinclair told us. “That building is an eyesore every time Iwalk past it.” We told Mendez about Sinclair’s meeting withSinger and this purportedly new plan, but she said, “Thisis the same plan Gregg Singer pitched to me in 2006. Hewanted to do luxury housing. He wanted to lift the deedrestrictions [for community-use facility] and/or do a dorm.The community doesn’t want a dorm,” Mendez stressed, say-ing he should change his tack. “Singer can move forward oncertain things. I know people have offered him a signiﬁcantamount of money to buy the building, but he’s not beingrealistic about that. When you’re asking for $70 million, alot of people are going to walk away.”
In last week’s issue, the article “SohoJournal publisher guilty in S&M mortgage scam” stated that
would be spending his four-to-12-yearprison term at Downstate Correctional Facility in Fishkill,N.Y. However, according to
, a spokesper-son for the Suffolk County district attorney, the formerCommunity Board 2 member could go to Downstate andstay there, or possibly be transferred to another prison. “Hegoes to Downstate, then it’s up to the State Department of Corrections as to where to place him,” Clifford said. “He’lllikely be transferred to another facility, but there’s no way of telling at this point.” We’re assuming, though, that whereverit is, it will be behind steel bars.
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