An explosion in East Harlem has left at least two dead and 18 injured with many people missing. The Observer was on the scene and took some photos of the mayhem that ensued after the morning explosion on Park Avenue and 116th Street that leveled two buildings. The mayor called the explosion, a “tragedy of the worst kind,” at a press conference. A gas leak in a piano store was reportedly the impetus for the explosion. Read More
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Settling in with a steaming hot cup of “The Real Housewives of New York” after an uncharacteristically long hiatus is like slipping into a warm bath with a single cockroach swimming the backstroke at the other end of the tub. It’s like coming home after a long trip and finding an intruder in the bedroom closet. It’s like wearing sandals in New York for the first time in months and having a rat run over your toes on the subway platform. The dysfunction and borderline personality disorders are unchanged, and everyone is still fighting about the same stuff. Time is a flat circle. Read More
Cloudy with a chance of meat smells. Read More
Heavy duty readers, this is your week to be in the city. Tonight, you’ll hear readings from National Book Critics Circle Award finalists in the categories of fiction, general nonfiction, biography, autobiography, poetry and criticism, and while we don’t know exactly who’s reading, the nominees include Hilton Als (White Girls), Jonathan Franzen (The Read More
The thing about the renovation is that it went, more or less, perfectly.
“We agreed on a house, a contractor, everything inside the apartment,” said S. “It was an enormous project—we broke walls, we built walls—it took about a year.”
The apartment, a gracious eight-room spread in a very established Upper East Side co-op, was decidedly not a starter home; it was the kind of place that you buy when you finally have the financial wherewithal to get what you really want. Though it was the first that S. (who asked that her name not be used in this story) and her husband had owned after three children and 15 years of marriage.
“Though it needed a extensive renovation, we both liked doing that sort of thing,” said S. “It actually turned out to be a lot of fun. I’m not saying everything in our life was smooth, but everything that had to do with the apartment was smooth.” Read More
An explosion caused the collapse of two East Harlem buildings on 116th Street and Park Avenue this morning, killing two people and injuring more than a dozen others. In addition, many people are missing.
City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said at a press conference: “There are people unaccounted for, and that is of concern,” according to a tweet from Yoav Gonen, City Hall bureau chief at the New York Post.
The last time we spoke with the fine folks at Sheldon Good & Company (SGC), the New York-based auctioneer, they were poised to open bidding on a tract of land in North Dakota, which promised to yield cozy housing facilities for migrant frackers. While the owners of that site mull bids, SGC, a sprawling firm with dealings from Jamaica to Wrigleyville, is due early next month to begin taking offers on a property a good deal closer to home—and just a touch fancier, if also more diminutive. Read More
Arriving at Coffee Fest this past Sunday with a creamed-up Dunkin’ Donuts brew in hand, it was hard not to feel as though the Transom had stumbled into La Grenouille chewing on a Big Mac.
A few sidelong glances were detected here and there as we made our way through the bustling trade show, which Read More