Governor Paterson says he will sign a deficit reduction plan that, in his view, doesn't go nearly far enough. But, he vowed to make more cuts on his own, including withholding some payments from schools. “Because
certain legislators are unwilling to stand up and control spending for
fear of the political consequences, I will move forward and implement
the tough choices they were unwilling to make,” he said. “In the coming
days, I will direct the Division of the Budget to reduce state aid
payments administratively in order to balance the budget.”
Business blogger Felix Salmon has some observations about a new analysis of household income in New York City. "There are more rich households (anything over $192,000 a year for a
family of four) in Bay Ridge than there are on the East Side south of
14th Street," he notes.
Nightlife blog Guest of a Guest picks up on EV Grieve's post about the 9th Precinct's "slight increase" in crime this year. They declare, "this is troubling news for a neighborhood that is ground zero for New York’s post-collegiate twentysomethings." Citing a "vaguely scientific survey" that says "the East Village’s 10003 zip code has the second most bars per capita in the entire country," Guest of a Guest argues "any jump in the crime rate that results in people being beaten to death
in Tompkins Square Park should make weary residents stop complaining
about the weekend hordes and consider the possible alternative."
Racked reviews the new Orchard Street pop-up boutique, International Playground. Lesson learned: "If a pop-up shop has a Santa in NASA gear hanging in the window, you should probably check it out."
Rebecca Marx of the Voice drops by Kinski, the new Rivington Street coffee/sandwich shop.