ICMYI: Craigslist Chainsaw Artist Ad; Fort Slocum History; RDRXR in WSJ

Written By: Robert Cox

Over the holidays, while our site was locked-down for maintenance, readers sent along links to a few stories of interest.

CRAIGSLIST POSTING: chainsaw artist needed! (for real) (new rochelle)

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ok so here is the sob story…

this tree got some bug or fungus and so con-ed just hacked the top off of it…then said the ‘trunk’ is the city’s job to remove…fast forward a few months and we still got a gangly ass trunk…

this is where you come in…

stop by, collect $100 and make this a blank canvas with your chainsaw.

make a bear, a totem pole, a cactus, hell I don’t care as long as it does not look like a massacred tree as it does now.

HUDSON VALLEY RUINS: Fort Slocum, Davids Island

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The United States government developed the island in the 1860s as a hospital for the treatment of Union soldiers, and after the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, as a prison hospital for Confederate soldiers. Beginning in 1878, the island served as the Principal Depot, General Recruiting Service. Officially named Fort Slocum in 1896, the island installation served many functions, including as a medical center, recruitment center, training school, embarkation point for soldiers heading off to World Wars I and II, and a NIKE Control facility for the launcher site on Hart Island. Most U. S. Army recruits from east of the Mississippi River passed through Fort Slocum. But in 1965, the US Army declared Fort Slocum and Davids Island to be “excess.” The Army soon turned over the island to the City of New Rochelle, which took no interest in maintaining or preserving the site and allowed the buildings to decay.

WALL STREET JOURNAL: Big Ideas on Track in New Rochelle

The cost to taxpayers is a big concern because new businesses and residents likely will require upgraded infrastructure like roads and sewers, as well as increased expenses for schools, public-safety and other services. City officials promise the additional tax revenue produced by the development will be more than enough to cover these costs.

“This is not going to be a burden on the taxpayer,” said Luiz Aragon, the city’s commissioner of development. “We have to come out ahead.”