Melissa Mark-Viverito was elected speaker of the New York city council yesterday — over the objections of the New York Post and the carriage horse industry — which means she will now have even more sway over projects like the proposed NYC F.C. soccer stadium deal that she was already going to have plenty of sway over thanks to it being in her district. As I said the other day, this doesn’t put an end to that project by any means, but it does make it more likely that NYC F.C. and the Yankees will face some tough bargaining on the other side of the table.
And speaking of what that bargaining is likely to look like, Cary Goodman of the 161st Street Business Improvement District will be hosting a town hall meeting next Wednesday, January 15, at 7:30 pm at 900 Grand Concourse (corner of 161st Street) to discuss what neighborhood residents and business owners think of the plan, and what they’d like to get out of it. I’m planning on going, so I’ll report back here afterwards on how it goes.