Journalist Morten Bertelsen interviewed me for the December 27 edition of the Norwegian Business Daily newspaper Dagens Næringsliv. The article is entitled "The Hook on the Door of Old New York," about how "New York has become the new Dubai under Mayor Bloomberg believes critics." (As translated by Google.)
"The hook's on the door" is an expression used when something comes to an end, like closing up shop and putting the hook on the door. So the old New York has closed up shop.
The article focuses on the city's land grab of Willets Point in Queens. "A robbery!" says 81-year-old Joseph Ardizzone, the only resident of Willets Point. "A robbery in broad daylight. Bloomberg stealing properties customers to give them the billionaire friends its so they can build shopping mall and casino here. Casino!" (Also via Google translator.)
Here I am in Norwegian:
And Google translated:
"A kind of Dubai"
Mayor Michael Bloomberg get off at New Year. He changed New York during its 12 year. Critics say the worse. - Bloomberg has made New York to a kind of Dubai, one luxury that could lain where any time with its endless chain stores and an increasing number of suburban mentality, says Jeremiah Moss. The author documents the transformation blog "Vanishing New York." It is not just about nostalgia, but also a city with increasing differences.
Moss is not alone in viewing this. The new mayor, Democrat Bill de Blasio, called autumn New York story of two cities - the rich and the poor, where the gap is only increasing. He was 74 percent of the vote. - New York is dramatically changed under Bloomberg. He said early on that he saw the city as a luxury product, and wanted that billionaires from around the world would settle here. So he set out to create the city, says Moss. 40 percent of the city area is rezoned under Bloomberg. Many of the 40,000 new buildings are luxurious high-rises and skyscrapers. People from higher socioeconomic team has taken over the old working bastions.
- Countless small businesses, which went well for decades, were forced out. Rents soared. In some places they were tenfold. Entire neighborhoods were destroyed and reconstructed almost over night, playgrounds and shopping for the super rich, says Moss. The old slaughter district is perhaps the most glaring example, believes Moss. The record was Meatpacking District turned into a blinded white Aker Brygge. The old quarters in Greenwich Village - Counterculture the stronghold decades - memories today about Bogstadsveien Oslo. Even dirty Bowery on the east side of the island washed slowly away.