Consider an arthouse, darker, noir version of Men in Black
with secretive alien refugees trapped in Manhattan, tentacle sex and concept art by H. R. Giger
. Clair Noto's The Tourist
could have been transformed into a great movie in the right hands. Instead, it has languished in permanent development hell
since the 1980's. Some call it "the greatest scifi screenplay never produced" (Article, part 1
.) Decide for yourself and read Noto's original screenplay
. [more inside]
One week. Two
. Hundreds of heads of state, development luminaries, CEOs, and social entrepreneurs. Celebrity star power
(pdf). No poor people. Aid Watch spent three days trying to make sense
of the greatest show on earth to help the world’s lowest.
Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal
, long nicknamed the "Lavender Lake"
for its copious oil slicks, has gained a new title : Superfund Site.
New Yorkers respond with really cool photography.
While some developers bow out in light of the recent news, other area developers
, hoping for a speedy cleanup of the industrial waste and, uh ... other things
... vow to continue their plans
to revitalize the formerly-industrial corridor.
is New York's perennial next-year neighborhood, perenially held back by huge housing projects and bad transportation, despite some ambitious proposals
. Ikea's proposed store
has been the subject of a long battle
between "it'll bring jobs" and "it'll destroy the neighborhood". It's finally going to happen, and soon these buildings
will be a parking lot.
Today at 1pm EST, the 7 proposed new plans
for redevelopment of the former World Trade Center site will be revealed. Currently, they're carrying the announcements of the new proposals (with architect descriptions of their projects) live on wnyc.org on the Brian Lehrer Show