Color me undecided, but this ad (the above three images are captures from an animated Flash ad seen on the Daily News' Daily Politics blog) certainly won't sway me. First of all, separating New and York over two different lines is just visually upsetting and demonstrates a lack of attention to detail. Then to tout endorsements from Isaac Mizrahi and Tim Gunn is just insulting. (Perhaps their endorsements for a breathable seersucker suit or a non-saggy linen, but mayor?) Another endorsement (not shown here) is from the Log Cabin Republicans, regarded by 98% of gays as the queens of sadness.
So don't speak down to me Mayor Bloomberg. Talk to me about why New York City residents pay a higher percentage than anywhere else in the world for public transportation. Talk to me about your silence on the 6% rent increase approved last night. Talk to me about efforts to improve and diversify the economic base of the city, not just courting large businesses, but growing local ones.
But don't flout endorsements from reality shows. And by all means keep New York together on the same line in subheaders.
A quick review of the websites of the mayoral candidates (Bloomberg, Ferrer, Miller, Weiner, I couldn't find one for Fields), only the Mayor's site mentions the gays. Although he's no Gavin Newsome, Bloomberg has always said the right things regarding gay marriage and other issues. The fact that he has contributed money to his party which basically wants the gay population to, well, die is a huge mitigating factor.
If one of the Democrats would step up to the plate, all we ask is that they swing the bat. No need to pitch or catch.
New York is awakening with a collective sigh of relief this morning as London has been chosen to host the Olympics in 2012. So instead of renting out our apartments for the month in August 2012, we'll just be sweltering as usual.
Since the Olympics will not be the dominant story for the next seven years, here's a few prediction for NYC-2012:
- Despite a burst in the real estate market bubble in 2006, rampant development will continue into 2012 with Trump Red Hook soaring 120 floors into the sky.
- The Fashion Industry will abandon Bryant Park for a more downtown feel, opening the tents for the first time in the shadow of the 'Freedom Tower' in the space that is currently ground zero.
- Gentrification (in other words the artists and the gays) will continue it's outward sprawl with Flushing being the new 'it' spot.
- Funding for the High Line will be revived but at a price. The High Line will be the home of Manhattan's first Wal-Mart.
- Central Park will have a gate put around it and the Conservancy will model it as a 'member's only' area, similar to Gramercy Park.
- Mayor Bloomberg, in his fourth term, will be trying to convince us and the world that we really, really want to host the 2020 Olympics.