Tuesday, April 18, 2006

UN Still Awaiting New Home

The U.N. is not going ahead with its plans to build a temporary office tower in Midtown while its headquarters is being renovated. Originally, Mayor Bloomberg had proposed building a new, temporary headquarters for the world body over Robert Moses playground near its current building, however approvals and construction timing seem to be issues. Instead, the U.N. will look to rent space in Midtown (7 World Trade Center had been reviewed, but the U.N. thought it would be too long a commute for officials based in Midtown). Well, some lucky broker will hit the jackpot is there's 200,000 square feet of space around. Ah, remember when the U.N. was thinking about moving to Brooklyn for a spell? It's still in play, according to their report, since Brooklyn is the least expensive.
Bloomberg has been pushing this project, and it's nearly as messy as the whole Ground Zero fiasco. Perhaps Bloomberg isn't as good at real estate as he is with financial information.

Maybe they should put 'em in the new Times headquarters building. They should get along quite nicely, and the Times might even get to know some of the players involved in the UNSCAM mess - and never report on them. Just like now.

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