“Wow. I know that I try to only buy meat that's organic/and/or has no antibiotics. Thumbs up to Consumers Union and Jean Halloran for, once again, protecting all of us with great research, education and advocacy.”
“Arianna: I have always felt very honored that I was among the first batch of folks you asked to blog for the HuffPo way back in May, 2005. I remember, at the time, that the right heaped tons of scorn and criticism on you, predicting that it would fail...and fail immediately.
I think they were really afraid that you'd succeed. But, of course, you did, because your vision was real and you had the guts to tough it out.
There is no other media outlet that I can think of that is this progressive, successful, and well read. You did what so many others before you could not.
I'll buy you a cold one the next time you're in Brooklyn.”
“Yes, I have seen it. You don't have to like it...but you do have to support the idea that this business has a right to exist - and lots of people do actually like it. Does everyone have to share your "taste" in order to have a business? Are you saying that any business that opens has to pass your quality inspection first? If you don't like it, don't go there. But don't support the demise of a viable local business at a time of great economic downturn.”
“If you want to argue that Shoot the Freak doesn't have the right to exist, then what business does? Whose business is next? Mine? Yours? You don't have to be a fan of Shoot the Freak - or even like it at all - to see that pushing small businesses aside to make way for big corporate chains does not and will not keep the character of the community. I agree with sph272 - Coney Island should be for everyone, not just a few. It looks like they want Coney Island to only be a place for rich white folks. Period. It's class and race warfare, plain and simple. Did you know that all of the businesses agreed to make improvements to their places? No one cared. You don't have to like Shoot the Freak to support the bigger concept. And if you don't, someday this could happen to your business, or to a business you actually like. Wake up.”
VKoval on Dec 26, 2010 at 09:36:47
“if you knew anything about coney island you would know how funny it is to say it will be a place for only rich white people. even if they bring in better shops.”
“This appears to be the new "economic development" model in NYC and possibly the rest of the US - City buys property or simply uses eminent domain to hand over parcels of land to big time developers. The various Economic Development Corporations seem to simply be the bag man for the government and the developer. And, despite cries from the folks who really live in these neighborhoods, everything is bulldozed and made into someone else's vision of Disneyland, etc. If these businesses go, who will be next? We're tired of having all of the individuality and character sucked out of our neighborhoods. Coney Island is still a place where, for the price of subway fare, a whole working class family can have a nice day at the beach without spending a fortune. You can bet if Zaperla gets hold of everything, there will be price fixing and you'll have to spend at least $5. for a hot dog. It's class war, really....support the Coney Island 8! They have a website: http://wwwconeyisland8.com
Call the Mayor of the City of New York....tell Billionaire Bloomberg to stop pushing good small businesses out in favor of his corporate pals - and btw, Zamperla isn't even an American company!!'
Here's a number for the Mayor's office: 718.788.3000 - you can ask for Deputy Mayor Steel as well; he's Deputy Mayor of Economic Development...I'm doing it right now!!”
th am on Dec 23, 2010 at 12:04:18
“Did you ever see this thing? Is it really worth calling the mayor about a so-called game that uses a human target? In NYC?! The effort to save old Coney should be focused in other areas -- not a "game" that involves chasing down a human running around piles of trash.”