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Saturday, February 20, 2021

Trump saved NYC's ice rink. City erases it

In 1986, Donald John Trump took over the city's messed up plan to rebuild the ice rink in Central Park and made it happen. He did so under budget and ahead of schedule.

All he asked for in return were concession stand rights.

My critics are shaking their heads an saying, oh Surber, that's just an extremist right-wing conspiracy myth.

The New York Times reported on November 15, 1986, "Pssst, Here's a Secret: Trump Rebuilds Ice Rink."

The story said, "Donald J. Trump refurbished the Central Park -skating rink two and a half months ahead of his own speedy six-month schedule and $750,000 below his own projected $3 million budget, having taken over the project after the city spent six years and $12 million unsuccessfully trying to get the job done."

That's right.

He did in less than 4 months for $2.3 million what the city failed to do in 6 years for $12 million.

And he had to goad the mayor into letting him do it.

30 years later, Robert Davi of the Orange County Register recalled how The Donald got it done.

Davi wrote, "Let me turn the clock back to the 1980. Mayor Ed Koch of New York City had closed down the Wollman Rink in Central Park for renovations."

Thus a boondoggle began.

He wrote, "Donald Trump, seeing the incompetence and frustrated because his young daughter was upset she couldn’t ice skate looked into the matter. In May of 1986, Trump made an offer to Mayor Koch. Let Trump take over construction and operation of the rink for no profit and he would have it up and running by the Christmas season. There was a battle between Trump and Koch mostly because if Trump succeeded it would be an embarrassment to the government.

"Trump won this battle with the caveat of finishing the rink in less than 6 months for no more than $3 million. He rolled up his sleeves. What he found was the person commissioned to build the rink was a gentleman from Florida who worked in refrigeration. Trump thought, what could a guy from Florida really know about ice rinks. Next was a call to his friend who owned the NHL Montreal Canadiens. Trump asked him who was the best builder of ice rinks. Getting this gentleman’s name, Trump brought him in to help analyze the situation. He found copper tubing was being used. Now imagine the snaking miles of copper tubing needed to fill an ice rink. Then imagine as this tubing was laid the next day it was found missing. Copper laid, copper stolen. Costs increase."

The ice rink man told him to use rubber tubing. It is cheaper and better.

The Times report in 1986 pointed out, "Finishing far under budget meant he had enough money left for burnished teak railings, lots of ornamental wrought iron, massive renovation of the skate house and landscaping."

In other words, the ice rink met Central Park standards.

But all good deeds must be punished. Mayor de Blasio wants to flush this accomplishment down the memory hole.

The New York Post reported, "Skaters arriving at Central Park’s two ice rinks are in for a cold awakening next week — the rinks, which are both managed by the Trump Organization, are being shuttered by City Hall to punish the former president for the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot, The Post has learned.

"The Trump Organization says its last day of operating the iconic Wollman Rink and the smaller Lasker Rink at the park’s northern end will be Sunday.

"The rink contracts had been set to expire in April, but Mayor de Blasio has moved to ice Trump out a month early, effective Feb. 26.

"The Trump Organization is closing its doors after close of business on Sunday, so it will have time to pack up its belongings — including some 1,700 pairs of ice skates — and move out.

"The city is terminating all four of its Trump Organization concession contracts."

In the middle of winter when people most want to ice skate, the city shut the rink down. The city does not have a replacement to take the rink over. Bids won't be opened for another month.

Some punk in de Blasio's administration told the Post, "Trump has been impeached from operating the ice rink."

Ingrates.

Screw New York.

33 comments:

  1. The deadly riot only killed Trump supporters but scared the crap out of unhinged criminals in the House and Senate.

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    1. P.S. The Democrat-sanctioned rioting last year was meant to devalue real estate owned by the Trump organization.

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    2. NYC maniacs did Trump a favor. He's winding down NYC operations. Moved south years ago. No point in hanging around as the Mayor vandalizes the sidewalks with Communist propaganda and ignores the thousands of bankruptcies underway long before Covid hit.

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  2. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ second album was entitled “You’re Gonna Get It.” YES YOU ARE, Noo Yawk. GOOD AND HARD.

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    1. Lot's of folks are about to get what they voted for good and hard. It's going to suck, but at least we're prepared for it (I hope), but they have no idea what's coming.

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  3. I worked in midtown Manhattan just after Trump's miraculous renovation. I took my lunch hours on that rink when I could. Loved every minute, and I can barely stay upright. Watch the city turn it back into a toilet.

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  4. There was a battle between Trump and Koch mostly because if Trump succeeded it would be an embarrassment to the government.

    As with everything else ever since.

    And The Donald always came through.

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    1. "Always" "with everything"?

      Lol. Guess this koolaid drinking idiot Edweenie missed what didn't happen.

      Hillary in jail? Nope.

      Won't ever again sign massive spending bills that break the bank? Oops.

      Troops out of idiotic foreign wars? Still there.

      Glug. Glug. Glug.

      Dope.

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    2. Bike Jake is a founder of NAMBLA and one of those patriots from the SPLC. Thank God we have that wonderful Obama politburo back. Good times comrade.

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  5. New York, New York, it's a wonderful town
    The Bronx is up and the Battery's down

    Speaking of battery, I watched a short clip of a New Yorker settling an argument with a baseball bat in Brooklyn this week. The batter had a sweet swing, similar to that of the Sultan of Swat (unfortunately, the NYPD version of SWAT couldn't make it to batting practice because they were busy protecting the BLM macadam masterpiece in front of Trump Tower, but I digress). The catcher, OTOH, presented such a generous and tempting strike zone that the batter never did "swing and miss"! The catcher (undoubtedly a leftist since he was riding a bike when all this occurred) was heard to be humming Tom Lehrer's "Love me, I'm a liberal" during the beatdown, which I'm sure he rightly deserved.

    Pardon me for making light of this tragedy, but I used to be disgusted, now I try to be amused...

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    1. The cultural enricher was a 14 time felon. What was amazing was no one, except a large black man, did anything to stop this baseball armed thug. Who knows if the victim died or is permanently injured. Network news wouldn't touch it.

      My guess is that Biden names him as the next head of the FBI.

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  6. The worst mayor in America strikes again. And the overwhelming majority that voted for mayor Warren Wilhelm deserve their crumbling city. I feel bad for those that didn’t vote for Wilhelm and are stuck in the bowl as it is about to be flushed.

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  7. The problem with "Screw New York" is all of them are moving here, to Texas, and voting in the same crap they fled.

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    1. Jake is correct. It's already happening in sections of Texas, where the regressives have moved into, and are changing into regressive wastelands like the ones they left....Same thing in Florida. Stay in a state that is regressive...don't change the good ones into the crap you left.

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    2. I like your use of "regressive." I never use "liberal" anymore unless (rarer than rare) its some old-school ACLU type, and I can't stand to use "progressive" because it simply isn't true. My compromise is to use "progressivist" because the "ist" implies dogmatic thinking.

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    3. This may come as a surprise to you, but some of us NY refugees in FL left BECAUSE of the crap we fled, and vote accordingly.

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  8. Billy De B (Warren Wilhelm) is the Forrest Gump mayor - stupid is as stupid does....

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  9. Jake, not all of the semi-intelligent zombies fleeing New York and its Mayor DeCommie are going to Texas.

    Especially now, after seeing that Texas can’t handle winter weather because it as already adopted AOC’s Green Suicide Deal under its sell-out RINOs.

    Many New Yorkers have in the past, and continue to now, move to Florida.

    And by the way, not only is the Italian-American Governor of Florida head and shoulders better than the New York’s Mobster wannabe Sonny Cuomo and his steroid-addicted brother Fredo “I’m the smart one, Mom said so.”

    But Florida and its Governor DeSantis makes windmill addicted Texas and its political elite who beg of Big Tech oligarchs to move to Texas look like Tree-Hunger Liberals without the help of any New York refugees.

    And Jake, don’t tick me off, I am generally on your side over the nonstop attacks from your online stalker - wannabe friend - Ed, so don’t attack the people fleeing New York; attack the zombies who think DeCommie is doing a good job. Hard to believe that even brain-dead zombies can be that out-of-touch with reality, but they do exist.

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    1. "Jake, not all of the semi-intelligent zombies fleeing New York and its Mayor DeCommie are going to Texas."

      It doesn't have to be all to doom us. It only has to be majority. And we see the effects of it. The very things you cited are advocated by the leftists who have ALREADY moved here.

      Our power grid has been under strain for awhile now. I remember 2011 when we had rolling brownouts in Houston that winter. There were no windmills to speak of then. No, we were just suffering the effects of an explosion in population. That trend has only accelerated. Windmills or not, our infrastructure has not kept pace.

      It's a mess that green energy programs and thinking will only exacerbate.

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    2. Oh, and please don't threaten me. I don't take kindly to that.

      If you're civil to me I am in return. (I've also defended YOU against that Edweenie idiot.

      I call it like I see it. No slurs intended, but most people fleeing New York and California are well to the left of the typical Texan.

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    3. BJ, I don't want the Themigrants in Florida no more than you want them in Texas! They are definitely going to turn both States blue because they are dumb as fuk. They think of money, not the future!

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    4. Richard, you are dead right, my friend.

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    5. Florida and Texas need to pass a law that anyone voting in a local election (state, county, city) must be a state resident for 10 years. Can't control federal elections but, discouraging registration may reduce their participation in any election. We already see their impact in south Florida. Time to change the rules before Florida becomes ny south!

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  10. The media lied about events at the Capitol, as usual. The only person directly killed by it was the gal who was murdered. The cop who died somewhat later was not beaned with a fire extinguisher by a Trumper. He talked to his family afterward but died later.

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  11. The STUPID is STRONG in the NYC Mayor's office

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  12. What one thing do all the messes and corruption have in common? DEMOCRATS! It's no wonder they had to assemble the most comprehensive VOTER FRAUD system evah! They could NEVER win a legitimate election. That's why they fight so hard against VOTER ID and VERIFICATION!

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    1. Thank you for reminding people that if the presidential election can be stolen so too can smaller ones, and the thieves must have had to practice somewhere. So why all this "punish the stupid voters"? Criticize us for not getting rid of the corrupt machines (actual and organizational) and for letting the farce continue but stop.pretending our votes count.

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  13. Native NYer here who remembers the Wollman Rink not for ice skating, but as one who attended many Schaefer Beer rock concerts there in summers 68-71 (for the astounding price of $1-3).

    Non NYers might remember it from the poignant scene in Love Story at which Jennifer asks Oliver to take her to the hospital, knowing the end is near.

    But I do agree, NY sucks and there's no hope for it with DeBlasio (and most likely someone even worse) in charge next year.

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