This week, the “Unofficial Mayor” of Coney Island, Dick Zigun, resigned from the Coney Island Development Corp., siting major changes to the city’s Strategic Plan, which were made without consultation from the CIDC. The Daily News quoted his letter to Mayor Bloomberg: “The CIDC plan promised a world-class tourist attraction with an entertainment core – lots of rides complemented by year-round nightclubs and enclosed water parks. Instead the core will now be rezoned for a shopping mall full of Niketowns, Toys ‘R’ Us and four 30-story hotels.”

The Atlantic Yards project had a fake rally, and got a new manager, as Governor Paterson appointed Robert G. Wilmers as the new head of the Empire State Development Corporation.

In yet another blow to affordable housing in New York City, the State Court of Appeals ruled that a wealthy family can evict rent-stabilized tenants from the East Village building that they purchased, as long as they can prove that they plan to use all 15 apartments for themselves for at least three years.

The Center for an Urban Future released a study this week titled Recipe for Growth (PDF), calling for City economic development officials to support more kitchen incubators for small food entrepreneurs.

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