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Tax breaks on real estate deals for people like A-Rod cost city 900M a year

A city program gives huge tax abatements to condo owners in newly built housing. A-Rod, for instance, will pay just $100 a month in taxes on his new $6 million bachelor pad.

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Affordable Housing Policies May Spur Gentrification, Segregation

 

CPC Brooklyn Investments Since 2007

CPC Brooklyn Investments Since 2007

Manuel Zuniga has lived in Greenpoint since 1982. Back then the neighborhood was plagued with high crime, vacant buildings and a shortage of basic government services. But Zuniga was won over by the ease of the commute to Manhattan, the affordability and the close-knit immigrant community of mostly Latino and Polish residents.

Read more at gothamgazette.com →

The Domino Effect

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Short Audio Piece on this project. Created by Daniel Phelps

Complaint Box | Powerless in Brooklyn

 Of the boroughs outside Manhattan, Brooklyn gets the most buzz — as a tourist attraction, a “hipster brand” and an incubator of art and artisanal products. That has provoked a backlash from longtime Brooklynites and others wary of smugness from the borough’s Brownstone Belt.

Read more at nytimes.com →

Gallery | Penn State Fabricators Shoot

As Incomes Gap Widens, New York Grows Apart

That New York City has extreme wealth and extreme poverty, and lots of both, seems like a law of nature, older than the subway or the Brooklyn Bridge. While there is a lot of truth in that, the city has not always had the extremes to the extent it has them now. Today, the wealthiest 1 percent of city residents has 44 percent of all income in the city, a share nearly four times as great as 30 years ago.

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A Quote to Ponder

“DOUBLETHINK” FROM GEORGE ORWELL’S 1984 :

“To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies…with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth.

To hold simultaneously two opinions which cancel out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them…consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed”

Gallery | Williamsburg Neighborhood Response

Early last spring, the Williamsburg community was invited by CPC Resources to tour the Domino facility. We were on hand to ask the neighborhood their views on the new development.

Domino Sugar site

This is a view of the Domino Sugar site from across the East River in Manhattan. We took this shot over the summer when we were out shooting some environmental footage.

Domino Effect Track

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An AMAZING track created for “The Domino Effect”. The films original score is being handled by BESSBAD. You can check him out here: http://www.myspace.com/bessbad