TF Cornerstone has prevailed in its bid to build the second phase of Hunter’s Point South, the massive, middle-income housing complex on the Long Island City waterfront. TF Cornerstone, who lost out to the Related Companies to build the first phase in 2011, will partner with Selfhelp, a senior citizen non-profit, on the second phase.
The Department of Housing Preservation and Development announced its selection this afternoon, which it made after putting out an RFP; TF Cornerstone has extensive experience in the neighborhood, having developed the seven market-rate residential towers on the former Pepsi-Cola site, the last of which is slated to open sometime next year. Read More
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has ordered that flags at City Hall be lowered to half-staff this evening to honor the late Nelson Mandela, who died earlier today at the age of 95. Read More
Bill de Blasio, who is set to take office on January 1st, is quickly gaining a reputation for tardiness.
The mayor-elect, who is starting to return to a regular schedule of public events following a sparse post-election calendar, has increasingly made a habit of keeping the press and public waiting when he does hold events, drawing scorn from some members of the media.
Shimmering Was Not Enough; $12 M. Is Another Story: Chinese Artist’s Flatiron Home Sells Well Above Ask
Of late, pundits have alternatively lamented and celebrated diminishing funding and student enthusiasm for the arts and humanities at the nation’s schools. If only the Chinese-born artist Wen-Ying Tsai, who died in January, were here to advise these two camps—which often seem at intractable odds—as to the entirely possible marriage of their views.
Mr. Tsai, who trained in mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan, later applied his technical skills to creating motorized, ultra-modern sculptures, which showed at the Museum of Modern Art and Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art. He also helped to establish the Tsai Art and Science Foundation, which promotes artists and scientists whose work illustrates the intersection and interdependence of the two disciplines. Now Mr. Tsai’s longtime home at 7 East 19th Street has passed from his family’s hands, according to city records—for the tidy sum of $12 million. Perhaps some portion of the proceeds will go toward mediation for those warring factions?
Early this afternoon an artist and I sat in the lobby of the Deauville Beach Resort in Miami Beach and marveled as one dealer after another hustled past, carrying paintings in and out of the neighboring banquet rooms, where the New Art Dealers Alliance had been in full swing since 10 a.m. All of the sudden, a Chelsea dealer popped up over over my shoulder. Read More
In a cluttered Koreatown office, Mike Rugnetta and Andrew Kornhaber huddled around an iMac and giggled over an obviously Photoshopped image of Michel Foucault in a baking apron. In the image, Foucault’s head was twice as large as it ought to have been, sitting atop a female body wearing high heels. Beside Foucault was an oven dubbed “history” from which sprung a loaf of bread labeled “truth.” The image was supposed to convey the postmodernist idea that time can “bake” any erroneous idea into historical fact. But mostly Messrs. Rugnetta and Kornhaber were laughing at an old Frenchman’s oversize head on a woman’s body. Read More
Barack Obama must be looking forward to the end of his presidency, what with the job’s grueling hours, the Obamacare website backlash, and the constant stream of vitriol aimed at him by the opposition.
But this latest news really makes it seem like life in the White House isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Read More
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio insisted today he’s still on track to reform the NYPD, even though he just chose a member of the old guard to lead the department in his administration.
“I could not be more enthusiastic,” said Mr. de Blasio of his pick, Bill Bratton. “This is one of the choices that a mayor gets to make–that is most difficult–for the people of our city. It is a sacred choice.” Read More
The city’s future police commissioner today dismissed suggestions that a decision by the current administration to relegate Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s police transition team to a trailer outside One Police Plaza amounted to a slight.
“Actually, that would be an improvement over last time,” Mr. Bratton told Politicker, answering questions today at a press conference announcing his appointment as the city’s next top cop. Read More
More bitter, bleak lives of American mill workers without a compass and no place to go if they had one are showcased in the pessimistic drama Out of the Furnace. It’s getting to be a dismal film director’s obsession bordering on cliché. The hopeless losers this time are working-class brothers from the steel mills, caught between crime, drugs and bare-fisted boxing. But it’s the opening scene that sets the tone. A brain-damaged, coke-sniffing redneck named Harlan DeGroat, played by a miscast Woody Harrelson, vomits through his car window at a drive-in movie, slugs down a bottle of rotgut whiskey, sadistically shoves a hot dog down his girlfriend’s throat, beats the man in the next car senseless and drives away, leaving everyone on the ground for dead. It goes downhill from there. Read More