Andrew Cuomo's Dance Begins

The new governor can't be small business as usual

These days, such props go only to those at the top. "It seems like all the help goes to the big businesses and banks," said Lee. "They have the connections. For a small business, I don't know how we make that connection."

Lee connects with his own customers from behind the counter of his tiny retail shop at Bleecker and Lafayette streets. "People come in and say, 'This is really something special.' Which is why I know, one way or another, this can work. We could just use a little help."

trobbins@villagevoice.com

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Je
Je

according the page 6 gossip: "Cuomo just put Jonathan Farkas on the UN Development board."

cuomo signed over city property around the un, east of first ave to the un development counsel. officially he said it was to give the city an infusion of $$ jobs etc but it looks like he meant to give that infusion to certain special someones. jonathan farkas is andrew farkas uncle. andrew farkas paid cuomo millions to make a "mini fannie mae" in dubai. andrew farkas works closely with actual life-sized former fannie mae ceo at fortress investment group where subprime never went out of style.

Joe Hill
Joe Hill

Bruce Ratner doesn't have these problems, does he Tom?

There's a very interesting 1993 documentary, "Made In Brooklyn," that I'm about 10000% certain neither Bloomberg nor Cuomo has ever seen. Its stories are applicable to all NYC, mostly, and hasn't really dated save the sorrows--

* Good scenes inside the pre-conglom Domino Sugar plant on Kent

* Greenpoint manufacturers talking even then about losing space... SO MAN MORE jobs created and sustained in those shithole abandoned condos, right?

Cassidy
Cassidy

As a would-be entrepreneur, I'm really curious about how the businessman profiled in this article is able to make manufacturing in the city -- or this country, for that matter -- work. Unless, of course, he's using "Made in the USA" part of his marketing strategy. Or maybe he's just quixotic (he was a dancer once, after all). $14 an hour?? I'm really skeptical -- even if he sells mostly to yuppies and hipsters, trust-funder types, I don't see how he's able to pay his workers so much on his own like that (maybe he's getting a government grant somewhere after all). Operational details like this are what are truly informative! Demanding government to do more is not news.

mlondrigan
mlondrigan

Hello Cassidy,I am a friend and business associate of David Lee. He does not receive any government money and sells his products to dancers all over the world. They are not yuppies and hipsters or trust funders. Visit his web site www.kddance.com or his store in Soho and see for yourself. Do some research and yes Made in America is very important to David but his products stand on their own. I like that you said would-be entrepreneur because with that mindset you will never make it.Cheers,Michael

Russell Smith
Russell Smith

What defines the consummate professional writer is the ability to focus and produce in difficult circumstances. Despite the upcoming conclusion of a fabulous career of benefitto the Village Voice and to legions of readers, Tom Robbins has managed to put together what has to be judged as the finest piece of journalism on Governor Cuomo's inauguration out there, bar none. Just as editor Ortega gives us delicious, pithy and enjoyable Village Voice columns from past decades, so Robbins body of work will come to be appreciated by future readers in similar fashion decades down the road. As one door closes and others open, we thank you Tom for all the outstanding work that you have given us. If you next turn up in the pages of Vanity Fair or Esquire or ProPublica none of your fans will be surprised.

 

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