Phhhhewwww, pass the air conditioning, summer's here. And so are the tourists. On my way to lunch just now, I passed a guy with a video camera who was walking backwards up Water Street. Obviously unable to see where he was going, he turned around and ran right into a suited-up Wall Street type.
"Hey, watch it, asshole," said the suit. Why do I suspect that will be the highlight of the video?
Well, whodathunkit, but common sense prevailed in Albany yesterday: the proposed west-side stadium for the Jets is as good as dead, and with it the 2012 Olympics.
I am not opposed to the idea of having a stadium on the west side. I am opposed to spending 600 million taxpayer dollars to construct a stadium without plans for improved traffic flow, parking and public transportation for a consumer base that lives largely outside of the city. I am opposed to the cash-strapped MTA (the agency that runs buses and subways in NYC) selling the property to the Jets for less than half of its appraised value.
In response, Mayor Bloomberg chastised Speaker Silver and Senate Leader Bruno and said those who opposed the stadium would have to explain why they were against jobs and economic growth. Bloomberg, I gave you more credit than that. Opposing a completely unnecessary and potentially disastrous venture to be paid for by people with many other urgent priorities is not being against economic growth and jobs, it's being responsible. I still want to see the far west side developed; we can create jobs and housing and make great use of that area.
And I, for one, am delighted that the Olympics won't be coming to Manhattan. What a mess that would be.
Outside of New York, a judge in Washington State pulled the plug on the trial accusing Governor Gregoire and the Democratic party of rigging the election using illegal votes. Turns out the only illegal votes the Republican challenger could prove were cast were for him. Seriously.
Back in New York, I went to a take-out Chinese restaurant for lunch today for cold sesame noodles. (Mmmm.) I asked for chopsticks. "We no carry," was the response. What the hell?