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Monday, September 9, 2013

Roosevelt Island Business Networking Group Meeting Tuesday Morning 7:30 AM Riverwalk Bar & Grill - Local Entrepreneurs Meet, Share Stories and Potential Opportunities

You Tube Video of May 8 2012 RIBN Meeting Intro

The Roosevelt Island Business Networking Group (RIBN) returns from its summer hiatus holding their next meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) morning, September 10 7:30 AM. at the Riverwalk Bar & Grill (425 Main Street). According to the RIBN:
Get back in the swim as the RI Business Networking Group kicks off with muffins and coffee at Riverwalk Bar & Grill.

Another meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 24 at 546 Main Street with light snacks.

Make new connections, catch up with other members and plan for the Fall.

See you there!
More information on the Roosevelt Island Business Networking Group at Linked In and previous presentations from RIBN members at this post.


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billblass said...

Nyc latest status symbol isn't a birkin bag or tribeca loft its a new. 1.120.00 stroller for your tot.are city parents out of their minds
This from the new york post sept 10 2013. Yes I see many of these on main the island Changes what will become of the people who are just getting by

CheshireKitty said...

Select and highly relevant comments from that article

"Does having money really rot your brain? Its seems as the net worth goes up the self worth goes down."

"A clear indication, as if we needed any more, about how out of touch with reality many people are with their addiction to consumerism and gadgetry. These mommies are spending their crooked banker husbands' bonuses which trickle down up the poor middle class on many fronts. What a system! Status, in-crowd, gotta-have-it, me, me, me. No wonder these people end up in therapy as their children follow the same paths. They realize way way later that none of this matters in the end. Your Bugaboo cannot save you from your yourself."

""if I wanted to be in with the baby group “in-set.” " That's what it's all about, showing off. Nice to know high school doesn't end with graduation for some people."

Very sad.

Blass: Oh, the people just getting by, those that are too sensible to ever buy a 1,120.00 stroller even if they could, they will hang in there.

NYC will never become a City only for the rich - which is what our soon-to-be former Mayor Bloomie wants.

A Mayoral candidate has recommended a tax on the City's rich (those earning over 1 mil/yr) to pay for universal pre-school for public school kids. This idea has gained traction among the approx 7.5 million New Yorkers who are *not* millionaires. Given the popularity of said candidate, if trends - as indicated in the Post article about the "status" pricey strollers - continue, if the rage of the majority of the population continues, I'd say this tax has a good chance of being enacted into law in January 2014.

People all over NYC, not just you, are fed up with the gentrifiers, the rich show-offs, the snobs. Because a fraction of the population can afford sky-high rents, everyone else who is not rich, suffers in trying to come up with the rent money. Some end up in shelters, where even there they are harassed by Bloomberg. Others end up packed like sardines into apts they are forced to share. Then there are cases such as your own - of people cowering in overpriced units partially paid for by a benefit they never even wanted, but are in no position to reject, because of the inflated so-called market-rate rent which is geared to the rich.

Meanwhile, the message that the "lower classes" the non-millionaires must be kept in line is driven home daily by the unconstitutional stop "n" frisk/profiling methods that specifically single out minorities and people of color - who, of course, happen to form the majority of the population of NYC.

Does everyone understand now why Blass and about 7.5 million middle-class New Yorkers most definitely do not welcome gentrification and the gentrifiers?

There's only so much "Let them eat cake!" the "little people" can stand.. before they start getting nauseous.. and have to rise up (in a controlled, legal way via the ballot box, of course).

CheshireKitty said...

US income inequality is now at record high
Here's a good article on the record-high income inequality in the US today:

OldRossie said...

Nope, don't understand. your argument doesnt make sense. Someone not being rich doesn't mean they don't want gentrification. As with all of your arguments, you're attempting to draw unrelated connections - strollers --> tax on wealthy --> stop and frisk --> gentrification. Meaningless and endless.

CheshireKitty said...

C'mon Rossie: Why would a poor person want to see gentrification roll into their neighborhood? Why would a poor person want to see rents double or triple? If you were poor, would you want to see that?

Now - after 9PM tonight, we'll get a good idea of what the overwhelming majority of New Yorkers think about people like you. And in November, we'll get an even better idea.

Most New Yorkers, Rossie, aren't rich. They don't want gentrification and the type of people who can afford 1,120 strollers. They want decent jobs paying decent wages - like, for instance, double minimum. They want rents that aren't cut throat, or the equivalent of highway robbery.

But you, Rossie, you don't understand. Because you have money, you think everyone *should* have money because everyone *should* have the middle-class background and advantages you were lucky enough to have. The list of your advantages goes on and on - but that's not the case with the vast majority of New Yorkers.

Why do you think the tax on the rich is popular today? Why? Answer that one question - and that will give you the answer to all our questions on this thread!

OldRossie said...

Again, your assumptions about me are significantly off base. I'm reminded why I shouldn't bother arguing with you... nonetheless, if gentrification were the enemy to the masses, as you describe, it wouldn't be so rampant. Why would lower income want it? because it bring business to their stores, development to their neighborhoods, tourism to their sights, and value to their interests. I think the question you intend to ask is: why do poor people with no interest in contributing to society who only intend to leach from the government in an endless demonstration against the proverbial "man" want it? Well, they wouldn't, as you well know.

CheshireKitty said...

Oh, here we go, now we have the shill for gentrification and Bloomberg's policies. Hey, how's that trickle-down philosophy working, Rossie? Did you see the article I just posted about the record high income inequality in the US - here it is again for your edification

Now, explain to me why the above income inequality is a good thing. Because that's what you're preaching.

The alternative - transferring wealth from the rich to the poor, the equalization of income, wherein the top dog at a company will not be allowed to make more than 5x as much as the lowest paid worker, is what I'm preaching. And, believe it or not, there are countries in Europe (and possibly elsewhere) today that have mandated income limits on CEOs, such that they cannot exceed the ratio 5:1. Income limit legislation IMO is exactly what is needed in the US today, it may be the only way the glaring income inequality will ever be corrected.

Otherwise, if it were up to you - we'd just all go back to the 19th C, with people packed into hovels, no minimum wage laws, no child labor laws, no building codes, no industrial worker safety laws such as OSHA, etc etc. Just let the "market" take care of everything - gentrification will sort everything out, right? Luckily for the vast majority of Americans, rich people like you are in a decided minority - like, 1%. Maybe economically the 1% who are rich are calling the shots. But electorally, the 1% are just 1%...

OldRossie said...

the 1% are... just... the people paying your rent. You may hate the strollers, but you love the freebies!!

OldRossie said...

I'm trying to fact check you, and I don't know the correct answer, so I'll just ask - which country has the 5:1 CEO to lowest paid employee ratio? I desperately want you to be wrong (such as when you said China is the major purchaser of US debt), but I'd be lying if I said I knew for sure. So just name a country for me with that ratio?

CheshireKitty said...

Nonsense. The 1% have an army of smart tax accountants in NYC whose only purpose is to find ways for their clients - individuals and businesses to AVOID paying taxes.

As a ratio of total tax, most of the tax revenue is extracted from the 99% Rossie. You know that and I know that.

So don't lie - don't claim the 1% is "suffering" under burdensome taxes.

BS: The 1% has figured out long ago how to shelter earning, set up S corporations, use off-shore tax havens, etc etc. Tax lawyers and tax accountants in NYC do very well catering to high net worth individuals, and businesses - help them pay as little as possible because the rich, oh they can afford the *best* legal and accounting "help" when it comes to their taxes...

CheshireKitty said...

In the US, " The richest 1% of the country possesses more money than the poorest 80% combined." And you think this is a good system?

Now do you understand why working people will no longer stand for it and will vote for a candidate who is advocating a new rich tax?

For a roundup on developments in Europe on limiting CEO/corporate pay etc., read

OldRossie said...

Come on, support your own facts. Name 1 country with the 5:1 ratio rule you cited.