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The Mayor gave the full court press for the Olympics Stadium in Queens plan, making him the only mayor of an Olympic bid city to officiate at his daughter's wedding AND come up with a backup plan for the Olympics proposal. And some people, expecting the Olympics to not come here, think the plan could be reworked for a 2016 bid, which actually sounds about right, since Beijing missed out on an earlier Olympics, but was rewarded with them in 2008. Anyway, the Mayor's press release for the new plan is full of the flowery language once used for a Manhattan-based plan, but with a twist:

What is clear is that New Yorkers have come together. They have come together not to do what is in their interests, but what is in the City's interest. They have come together for New York and this show of unity for a common goal is a wonderful message to send to the Olympic community. The same spirit that inspired leading New Yorkers in a last-minute and ultimately successful effort to become the home of the United Nations in 1946 inspires us today. You can never count New Yorkers out. If the IOC wants a City with heart, a City that can overcome its differences, that can pull together during trying times and will do everything possible to host a great Games, we are the City for them.

On the upside, the Olympic athletes would get more authentic cuisine in Queens than in Manhattan. And the IOC President said the votes for the Paris, London, Madrid, Moscow, and NYC are tight, so you never know. Except Gothamist thinks you should bet on Paris, so the car lot workers in the Iron Triangle don't have to worry too much.

The NY Times has a fascinating article about how Queens is always the bridesmaid when it comes to NYC's lofty plans (think the World's Fair). Or, to put it more accurately, Queens is the bridesmaid's bitch: A Queens Museum employee told the Times, "There's a lot of people who start in Manhattan, move to Brooklyn, can't afford Brooklyn and finally end up in Jackson Height." Poor Queens, with an even bigger complex than Brooklyn. Gothamist just wants to know, if Queens is New York's afterthought, what are the Bronx and Staten Island?