Monday, September 24, 2012

SAY NO TO HOCKEY!!!!!! SAY YES TO MERCADO MIRABO!!!!!





KEEP THE CALLS,LETTERS AND EMAILS COMING FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO:


Councilman Fernando Cabrera at fcabrera@council.nyc.gov (347) 590-2874 and 

NYCEDC's president, Seth Pinsky at spinsky@nycedc.com

Bronx Borough President Ruben Díaz Jr. rdiazjr@bronxbp.nyc.gov (718) 590-3500
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From: "Cutman L.G" <thecutmanlg@gmail.com>
Date: September 21, 2012 9:14:52 PM EDT
Subject: SAY NO TO HOCKEY!!!!!! SAY YES TO MERCADO MIRABO!!!!!

Dear Community Residents, Business, Institutions, and all other interested parties:


WE NEED A MASSIVE TURNOUT ON OCT 11, 2012 For Mercado Mirabo &
The International Hip Hop Museum.

This is to inform you that the Community Board will be hosting a community input meeting regarding the potential redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory.

This meeting will take place at Monroe College's King Hall Auditorium, located at 2501 Jerome Avenue, on Thursday, October 11th from 6:30PM to 8:30PM.

PLEASE BE THERE AND LET YOUR VOICES BE HEARD!!!
SAY NO TO HOCKEY!!! SAY YES TO MECADO MIRABO!!!!

 
Please send this to everyone around Planet Earth and have them sign the Petition.


Mercado Mirabó: Stars at the Armory

Story and photos by Robin Elisabeth Kilmer
Date: 09/19/2012
The Mercado Mirabó project proposes an open air market that would also feature movie theaters, basketball courts, a climbing wall, and a national hip-hop museum.
La propuesta del Mercado Mirabo es un proyecto de un mercado al aire libre que también contaría con salas de cines, canchas de baloncesto, una pared para escalar y el sótano albergaría un museo nacional de hip hop.

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Kingsbridge Armory Redevelopment: Why the Young Woo Proposal is Better

 

The landmark Kingsbridge Armory, long vacant, will finally see redevelopment soon. Three years after Mayor Bloomberg's abomination of a proposal to convert it to a mallfell through, two better proposals have come to light.

The first proposal – and the one with the most preliminary official support – is theKingsbridge National Ice Center. In short, this plan features a whopping nine ice rinks for such activities as ice skating and hockey; it'd be the largest (indoor) ice center in the world if built. The plan also calls for construction of a public school and hotel on nearby property.
Make no mistake – I think the ice center proposal is awesome; however, there's another proposal that I believe is better.
Meet Mercado Mirabo – the redevelopment plan envisioned by Young Woo & Associates. The plan for Mercado Mirabo – a.k.a. "a market you can see" – calls for a mixed-use facility featuring recreational sports (e.g. soccer, basketball), rock climbing, a local market and shops, a food court, a movie theater, and even a hip-hop museum!
I've always favored some sort of mixed-use recreational facility for the Armory (like thePark Slope Armory); methinks Mercado will have more to offer on the recreational side than the ice center. Because of this (and the fact that this could create more permanent Bronx jobs than the ice center), I favor Young Woo's proposal.
At issue is the number of permanent "living wage" jobs created by each proposal; "living wages" in NYC are a minimum of $10/hr+bennies OR $11-11.50/hr w/o bennies. Given that my precious home borough is the poorest in the nation, such an infusion is more than welcome. The Ice Center planners' pledge to pay employees no less than the living wage makes it more attractive in the eyes of local politicians, but the cats at Young Woo pledge to outdo even that – offering the same amount or possibly more living wage jobs (and more overall jobs) than the Ice Center.
In short, both proposals are great; in the long run though, methinks Mercado Mirabo offers more and will attract more cats to the Armory. As such, I hope they choose Young Woo's plan for the Armory's redevelopment.


THE LEGENDS OF HIP HOP REJECT THE ICE HOCKEY PROPOSAL AND SUPPORT MERCADO MIRABO – YOUNGWOO & ASSOCIATES PLAN FOR REDEVELOPMENT OF THE KINGSBRIDGE ARMORY

THE BRONX, September 11, 2012—Legendary DJ Afrika Bambaataa brought the "Hip Hop Fede

ration," an alliance of Hip Hop royalty that appears to be growing week by week, to the offices of Youngwoo & Associates, the group bidding to transform the Bronx'ʹs Kingsbridge Armory into "Mercado Mirabo". Youngwoo & Associates redevelopment plan is based on creating a modern-­‐‑day community "ʺplaza" or "town square" – brining a diverse mix of creative marketplace, food, entertainment and cultural space, and sports and recreational uses.

Last month the Bronx native, pioneer and "Godfather of Hip Hop" signed a letter-­‐‑of-­‐‑ intent to help create an international center for hip hop at Mercado Mirabo, including creating a museum and performance space celebrating the art form, if Youngwoo & Associates' proposal is selected by the NYC EDC.

"An international museum of hip hop, located in the Bronx where the movement started, will attract worldwide recognition to the Bronx and bring visitors from around the globe to visit Mercado Mirabo and explore Bronx." said Afrika Bambaataa. "Mercado Mirabo is a place where people from the neighborhood will actually want to come to with their family to spend the day playing sports, watching a movie, interacting with other cultures and maybe catch a concert or special performance."

"Youngwoo & Associates' plan will not only preserve and honor the culture of hip hop, but will also create a unique cultural and community center for Bronx residents that provides job creation, professional support and general business opportunities for the neighborhood and beyond," said Grand Wizard Theodore.

Mr. Woo noted that "The addition of a hip hop museum further completes our plan to make Mercado Mirabo an iconic cultural destination that will draw millions of new visitors into the Kingsbridge neighborhood to experience unique and exciting offerings such as the world's first advanced 4D cinema, the largest rock-­‐‑climbing wall, concerts, sports exhibitions and more," Mr. Woo added



Mr. Bambaataa and the Hip Hop Federation plan to meet with the Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. as early as tomorrow to champion the Mercado Mirabo project. "The people of The Bronx do not yet appreciate all the details in Youngwoo & Associates plan." said Grand Master Mele Mel, adding that "The Bronx needs to know that the two options for the Armory are either to bring an ice-­‐‑hockey center or Mercado Mirabo." In addition to meeting with Ruben Diaz, the Hip Hop Federation called upon other political leaders to meet with them as true representatives for the community. "We are from the Bronx, born and raised. We next hope to meet with Councilmember Cabrera, Mayor Bloomberg and the EDC so that they actually consider what the people of the Bronx will really want with the space and choose Mercado Mirabo."
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September 18, 2012
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Bronx legends meet with Borough President Ruben  Diaz Jr., discuss Kingsbridge Armory hip-hop museum 

Melle Mel says hip-hop better Bronx fit than hockey

BY DANIEL BEEKMAN / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Published: Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 6:00 AM

DONALD BOWERS

Hip hop artist Melle Mel

VIOREL FLORESCU/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Rendition of the Kingsbridge National Ice Center.

"The Message" rapper Melle Mel and other hip-hop legends sent Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. a message: they disagree with his support for an ice sports center at the Kingsbridge Armory.
They met with Diaz last Thursday to promote an alternate armory redevelopment proposal that includes a hip-hop museum. The Bronx is widely recognized as the "birthplace of hip-hop."
But the museum boosters left empty-handed. Diaz will continue to back the Kingsbridge National Ice Center. He endorsed the $250 million plan last month.
The New York City Economic Development Corporation controls the long-vacant armory and has yet to select a proposal.
Mel, born Melvin Glover, wondered about Diaz playing politics and called the ice center a poor fit for the "Boogie Down" borough.
"The Bronx has a certain identity that should be maintained," said the rapper, whose 1982 record "The Message" is a hip-hop classic. "You don't open a soul food restaurant in the Connecticut suburbs. You don't see ice skating in the Bronx. It should fit the accent of the community."
But Diaz spokesman John DeSio said the ice center bid is "the better project" based on "economics, not politics." The borough president prefers the proposal because it guarantees "living wage" jobs and because it includes an ice sports education program for local Bronx youth.
The plan is backed by Wall Street bankers, New York Rangers hockey hero Mark Messier and gold medalist figure skater Sarah Hughes.
With nine indoor rinks, the ice center would attract more than 1.5 million visitors from outside the Bronx annually, according to the businessmen behind the plan.
But a hip-hop museum would also draw tourists to the borough, said Bronx turntable pioneer Afrika Bambaataa, who supports the other leading bid. Hip-hop is a global phenomenon, he noted.
"We want to bring it back to the Bronx," said the "Planet Rock" deejay, born Kevin Donovan. "The international community wants to come see that."
Mel and Bambaataa are consultants for Mercado Mirabo, an armory redevelopment proposal submitted by the West Village firm Young Woo & Associates.
In addition to the hip-hop museum, Mercado Mirabo calls for shops, restaurants, basketball, a fitness club, a climbing wall, a movie theater and an artisan market for local entrepreneurs.
Mel believes the market would empower Bronx residents and help existing neighborhood businesses reach new customers.
He described the ice center as "another Yankee Stadium" that would cater to wealthy outsiders.
The museum boosters plan to meet with City Councilman Fernando Cabrera next. The Council will vote on the fate of the armory after the EDC selects a bid. Diaz and Community Board 7 will issue recommendations.

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WE NEED ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT ON THIS,WE DO NOT CARE WHAT PART OF THE WORLD YOUR FROM PLEASE CALL IN WITH A OUTRAGE. WE ARE TRYING TO GET OUR HIP HOP MUSEUM HERE IN THE BRONX AT THIS PLACE AS WELL AS FOOD STORES CENTERS,AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH AND MANY MORE AND THE BRONX PRESIDENT WANTS TO PUT A HOCKEY RING,WHICH THE COMMUNITY DOES NOT NEED AND THIS WILL BE A PLACE WHERE ALL PEOPLE FROM THE WORLD COULD COME TO AND ENJOY BUT IF THEY PUT UP A HOCKEY RING ,THEN THERE BE NONE OF THE THINGS WE MENTION FOR THE WORLD TO SEE BUT SPORT AND PLAY HOCKEY.

NO LOVE FOR THE PEOPLE. PLEASE EVERYONE ON THE PLANET CALL IN AND LET THEM KNOW THE WORLD DOES NOT NEED NO HOCKEY RING IN THE BIRTH PLACE OF HIP HOP BUT WE DO NEED IS THIS PLACE FOR ALL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD CAN COME AND SHOP,RELAX,GO TO MOVIE,GET ENTERTAIN,CENTERS FOR THE YOUTH,EDUCATION AND MORE. CALL THESE NUMBERS AND TELL HOW ANGRY YOUR ARE FOR THE BRONX PRESIDENT OR THE CITY OF NEW YORK WOULD EVEN THINK OF PUTTING THIS HOCKEY SPORT AND PLAY OVER THE DEMAND OF THE PEOPLE TO PUT A FAMILY COMMUNITY EVENTS PLACE FOR ALL THE WORLD TO COME TO IN THE BIRTH PLACE OF HIP HOP CULTURE.
PEACE I urge everyone who is in support of the Mercado Mirabo proposal please send an e-mail or/and call the following individuals and them know how you feel about the National Ice Center proposal which is not what the community wants nor needs. Use the email and phone numbers below to show your outrage and displeasure with his choice. There is another proposal that offers the Bronx a more divers
 e mix of sports, entertainment and retail shops that he has not considered. We need you to help us make him and other Bronx officials know that we are not going to accept this decision!

Councilman Fernando Cabrera at fcabrera@council.nyc.gov (347) 590-2874 and 

NYCEDC's president, Seth Pinsky at spinsky@nycedc.com

Bronx Borough President Ruben Díaz Jr. rdiazjr@bronxbp.nyc.gov (718) 590-3500
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