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Reforms to get More Bidders on City Projects and Microorganisms in Gowanus Canal

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Credit: Jasper Goldman

MAS Issues in the Press: – Roland Lewis, President of the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, is answering questions this week about the waterfront on the New York Times‘ City Blog. Coney Island USA has teamed up with the Shmaltz Brewing Company to advertise their Sideshow image to a wider audience (Brooklyn Daily Paper).

– Special Board meetings of the Port Authority will be held monthly to discuss the agency’s progress at Ground Zero (New York Times). Mayor Bloomberg supports putting a Costco on the Upper West Side of Manhattan citing the economic downturn, and the need for jobs and low prices for consumers (New York Sun).

– The refurbished plazas and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center are on track for completion in 2009 (New York Sun). Curbed has photographs of the rapid demolition of the historic Kent Avenue power plant.

– Two City College Professors think that the survival of microorganisms in the Gowanus Canal could provide some insight on antibiotics for humans (Gowanus Lounge).

-As part of an effort to attract a larger pool of bidders on City construction projects, new reforms introduced by Mayor Bloomberg will compensate contractors for delays on the City’s behalf (Crain’s New York Business).