The mayor appears increasingly preoccupied with his legacy, and recently hired two public relations advisers — a former Times editor, Arthur Pincus, and a former television reporter, Andrew Kirtzman — to shape the public perception of the Bloomberg era.Asked on Monday if he was concerned that a drawn-out legal battle over the soda limits could spill into the administration of a successor who does not favor them, Mr. Bloomberg, sounding a bit irked, muttered, “All of our time is running out,” before saying, “I don’t know who is going to be my successor.”
One piece of unfinished business for the mayor is getting some more of the city torn down, rezoned and made into a tax giveaway for his real estate buddies.
Juan Gonzalez reports he's working on that problem, however:
New York’s priciest business district — and one of the most iconic on the planet — will go on steroids, if City Hall gets its way.
Mayor Bloomberg is racing before he leaves office to rezone more than 70 blocks of midtown between E. 39th and E. 57th Sts.
His proposal, avidly backed by the real estate industry, would allow property owners in and around Grand Central Terminal and along Madison and Park Aves. to demolish their buildings and replace them with a raft of new skyscrapers — some nearly as tall as the Empire State Building.
The plan would literally transform Manhattan’s skyline while adding tens of thousands of commuters to an area where transit stations are already strained to capacity.