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Thursday, November 14, 2013

New Roosevelt Island Main Street Retail Signage - What Do You Think Of New Signs And Look Of Windowless Arcade?

Have you noticed the new Roosevelt Island Main Street storefront signage?

At Gallery RIVAA,


Fusion Salon,


The Thrift Shop,


Public Safety Department,


and Nail Salon.


What do you think? Do you like the new Roosevelt Island Main Street signs and Eastwood/Roosevelt Landings Arcade without the windows?

29 comments :

Nick said...

Definitely an improvement.

Westviewer said...

I like the signs and the new look in general, especially the decision to keep the blinds drawn on some of the Public Safety Department's windows, thereby reducing its oppressive presence. Now, we need some more stores, in particular the promised wine shop.

Bill Blass said...

I don't like them

Bill Blass said...

When sitting in front of Eastwood on Saturday mornings the people from Southtown walk very fast to the farmers market. Giving me funny looks

Bill Blass said...

Do it now.in a few years there won't be a senior association

CheshireKitty said...

I thought the late wine shop owner's son was going to re-open the wine shop. Anybody know what happened with that effort?

Westviewer said...

I hope someone who actually knows something about wine and is interested in operating a wineshop steps up.

YetAnotherRIer said...

"oppressive presence"? My, my. Those are some string words. How come I can walk by there every single day and not feel the same?

OldRossie said...

You said: "If the 1% and the corporations that currently pay no tax paid their fair share, these new affordable housing projects could be financed." Can you provide some support for this? Where you get the 1%, and/or which companies? Again, not disputing, but financing these projects is important, so it's a particularly important fact.

Bill Blass said...

There were unpaid back taxes. So the son walked away.

KTG said...

In 2011 50% of Federal Tax Revenue is derived from top 5% households & corporations.

In NYS the taxes paid for household exceeding 250k is typically around 33% when you combine state and federal.



While taxes of the "1%" households adjust to a lower % rate the $ amount is very significant. Keeping mind at a state level/federal level they get no additional services (better schools and police are covered by town taxes. In NYC its even more dramatic since most opt out of schools.


So what's really a fair rate?

OldRossie said...

Thanks KTG. Your figures can be substantiated by the NTU, CPBB, USA today, CNN, etc., etc. I'm curious where CheshireKitty gets her facts...

KTG said...

I would agree but getting a successful going on island might be harder than you. You have to serve a variety of price points and then factor in off island competition.


Example right now we use this place (below) in LIC and offer free delivery in under an hour, and they are very knowledgeable & good service.


http://www.bluestreakwine.com/

CheshireKitty said...

Isn't that a number that's determined democratically - in Legislatures? And aren't Legislatures proportionately representative of the people? And aren't the majority of the people not the 1%? The 1% have to submit to the will of the people - the 99% - which is what the Legislatures were set up to do in the first place.


If it weren't for the payoffs the legislators regularly receive from rich donors - individuals and corporations alike - the tax rates would have been reflective of what the 99% think the 1% should pay long ago.

CheshireKitty said...

Maybe what KTG's numbers can be substantiated, but there are still many corporations and filthy rich that get away with paying very little or no tax. That fact is what underlays the glaring income inequality today in the US.


At least Deblasio is going to make an effort in NYC to try to correct the situation by enacting a tax on those making more than $500,000 a year in order to pay for universal pre-K and after-school programs in NYC.


Why don't you explain why you think such a tax is unfair?

OldRossie said...

So again, CheshireKitty's argument is supported by unsubstantiated claims. She passes off her ideas as fact to make her argument seem reasonable.

OldRossie said...

Can you provide documented instances of the "payoffs the legislators regularly receive"? Or is this another exaggeration to make your point?

CheshireKitty said...

OK - I'll look up the number of big corporations that pay zero taxes, and the rich individuals who pay little to no tax.

CheshireKitty said...

Here's something to start you off with - a listing of not just corporate tax avoidance, but taxpayer subsidies to the corporate tax evaders.

http://www.sanders.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/102512%20-%20JobDestroyers3.pdf

Westviewer said...

Also excellent is Hunter's Point Wines and Spirits http://www.hunterspointwines.com/
The prices are very reasonable, and the selection in unique, chosen by the owner, Paul Huston, who is extremely knowledgeable and forthcoming. But that is beside the point. For years we were the only neighborhood in NYC without a pizzeria. Now we have one (not good, I'll admit) but we remain the only NYC neighborhood without a liquor.wine store.

CheshireKitty said...

Here's a website "Follow the Money.org" you can sign up with to receive regular updates on the influence of money on politics. http://www.followthemoney.org/

OldRossie said...

Wow. a 3 year old write up from a self described "democratic socialist" from Vermont. Let's take the first one from his list - BAC. He's saying they paid no taxes in 2010. They reported EBT of negative 1.3 billion in 2010, and net income of negative 2.2 billion. So I guess his report doesn't paint an accurate picture. What else?

OldRossie said...

I don't see anything on here naming names of those not paying taxes. Perhaps you have a direct link?

OldRossie said...

I apologize, I thought this was a link to our other discussion. This relates to campaign contributions. Do you have an instance of "payoffs the legislators regularly receive" as it applies to tax policy?

KTG said...

I am not saying that funding of Pre-K is not a good idea, I am very focused on education. But do people over 500k send more people to pre-k no taking something from someone that has more is not necessarily fair.

You have to realize every group will tell you there over taxed and under-served. The only reason why tax deblasio is popular is most won't have to pay it, which in your mind makes it fair.


if you are an individual making over 150k or a family making 250k odds are you are paying the highest rate (again probably 33%) or and receiving very little other than basic services.

So I ask you what is a fair tax rate for individuals making over 150k and families making over 250k? I really like to hear your number. If its over 40% I would like to understand why you think people won't leave and how their departure won't effect tax base.

RooseveltIslander said...

I asked Hudson Related about the wine shop. Was told that the build out for the store has started. Will get a timetable soon with more info.

KTG said...

This actually interesting but not really helping your perspective.


If you look on this site top money contributors are State & Public Unions, Realtors, PACS, and Gambling not financial services/hedge funds/or individuals.


National Education Associate gave the most 53,000,000 larely at state level. So an argument could be made Deblasio is really just chasing campaign dollars. Similarly it could be why he courted major real estate developers at the end of campaign cycle


Now if you look Goldman is 1st NYC based entity. They gave 400,000 at state level and 6,000,000 at federal. 1/4 what Act Blue national liberal group gave nationally (close to 24,000,000).

Bill Blass said...

How about all you rich people on the island give me the money and I will open the wine shop. I get 75 percent.and I give you 25 percent

CheshireKitty said...

Don't dis Bernie Sanders! He not only is from Brooklyn, where I am from, he's from the exact same neighborhood of Brooklyn - Midwood! And there are many in NYC as liberal, maybe more liberal than Bernie, and they all voted for Deblasio, as they've had enough with the rule of the few, the rich, the elitists.


You should get used to democracy - the rule of the demos, the people - finally being in effect in NYC again, instead of an oligarchy - rule of the oligoi, the few...

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