Troy Mayor Harry Tutunjian has decided
to put the possible sale of City Hall and the property it sits on out
"This is a step that we
legally do not have to take, but in the interest of putting
legitimate concerns to rest, we have decided to put this site out for
proposal," Tutunjian said. "I look forward to
meaningful conversation with the City Council when the results come
in next month. Should they decide not to move forward with a proposal
to relocate City Hall they will be forced to spend millions of
taxpayer dollars to rehabilitate a lost cause."
The 4-page RFP reads: "The
City of Troy, New York is soliciting sealed proposals (offers to
purchase) from all qualified developers, possessing the necessary
financial, development and construction resources and experience
required to purchase and redevelop the real property at the current
City Hall location. This parcel shall be approximately 1.4 acres of
real property along the Hudson River. The City of Troy shall maintain
ownership of water front, to wit: the City has proposed to sub-divide
the real property so the City will maintain 2" of the
entire riverfront walkway along the entire Hudson River waterfront."
James Howard Kunstler, author of The Geography of Nowhereand The Long Emergency, has started podcasting. The weekly program, hosted by Duncan Crary, will deal with the "tragic comedy of suburban sprawl," Kunstler's field of expertise.
The first "Kunstlercast" deals with the aggressive abundance of chain drugstores (an issue that we here at Metroland tend to write about).
Hey something great won. The documentary about torture--American torture--Taxi To the Dark Side. Didja know that the Discovery Channel bought the rights to show this, and then punked out? And HBO picked it up?
By bringing back Irglova to let her speak. 2 Hours of shitty jokes redeemed.
To borrow a line from Atrios, "Why is Cameron Diaz on my teevee?"
Why is she cracking on Sunrise? Um, it's only really great and historically important and even entertaining and stuff. Meh.
Best Cinematography: Robert Elswit, There Will Be Blood. Excellent.
Now, the roll call of the dead. Fellow New Yorkers, let us celebrate Kitty Carlisle Hart. From costaring with the Marx Brothers as a singer actress to defending Robert Mapplethorpe as an arts advocate, she earned our respect. (And that theater in the Egg is named after her.)
And he's introducing "Falling Slowly," the song from Once by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. (Which SHOULD win.) Nice job Colin. He's excellent in In Bruges, too, a gangster dramedy now in a theater near you costarring Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes.
Anyhoo, Hansard and Irglova are great. GIVE THEM THE OSCAR YOU MISERABLE OLD BASTARDS.
Aw, shit, it's Nicholson. Better he's here than stinking up the screen the way he did in The Departed. That eveil fucking laugh when he said "the humanity in all of us" redeems The Bucket List. Oh, what he introduced: A montage of Best Picture winners only reminds us how many shit movies won Best Picture.
Renee Zellweger just mentioned Bullitt, What a great movie (about absolutely nothing). Winner for Best Editing: The Bourne Ultimatum. Fun fact: Thanks to Bourne, director Paul Greengrass (and Universal Pictures) will be thanked more times on stage tonight than Paul Thomas Anderson.
Now, here comes Nicole Kidman to give an honorary Oscar to art director Robert Boyle, who's 98. 98. He worked a lot for Hitchcock, and on a lot of swell flicks. Yay. And he's there. And he walked out under, mostly, his own power. The names he mentioned--Hans Dreier, Don Siegel--are cinema history.