Now, through those real estate connections, he’s found himself in the carnival business — or at least the venture capital version of it.
‘It’s a short trip from Wall Street to P.T. Barnum.’ Marin joked in a phone interview Friday.”–via Washington Post
Carnival ride operators, Staten Island politicians, big wheel real estate developers, top-tier bankers and our equally well-heeled mayor are over the moon about this one. NYC gets the “New York Wheel”, (at 625 feet the largest Ferris Wheel on the planet ) , Harbor Commons ( a Staten Island version of the Woodbury Commons Outlet Mall ), yet another hotel, even more tourists and billions of bucks in revenue.
What we lose is the Staten Island Ferry as we know it (imagine the crowds and congestion) as yet another piece of Old New York surrenders to the developers and that sometimes dubious achievment know as progress. No city funds are involved. but I wonder how long the Staten Island Ferry will stay free and fun. Call me madcap, but hasn’t NYC always been its own crazy kind of carnival? With his newest “Bloombergland” economic vision for Staten Island’s waterfront, our Mayor now makes it official (and officially garish).
Like Woody Allen in Manhattan (1979), I prefer the city in black and white with a Gershwin soundtrack. Opening (VIDEO):