Creationists are buying up roadside dinosaur parks, and turning them into something all together different. (Reason) The “hipification of the Upper East Side?” If you say so… (The Village Voice) It is unlikely any traditional meat-slinging deli can afford $36,000 a month for the 3,000-square-foot space that once housed Second Avenue Deli. (Page Six) Female therapy veterans write a real estate and self-help book, inspired by the the frenzied market of L.A. and the Tao Te Ching. (The New York Times) A Jann Wenner type–who “collected Aston Martins, until he sold them (a shooting brake, a convertible and two coupes)”–has a thing for Art Deco furniture, especially pieces designed by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann. To each their own. (The New York Times) The Russians, well, they already came and brought their tea kettles with them. (The Wall Street Journal) Some historic-home commissions are allowing synthetic materials for period homes rennovations because homeowners are just tired of the maintenance burden. (The Wall Street Journal) The city’s next redevelopment project: Willets Point in Queens. This Chinese New Year: Year of Outer-Borough Development. (New York Sun) Pricey bars, interestingly enough, are downtown. (The Village Voice) Frank Bruni gets scared at The Spotted Pig. But, most importantly, who are his “friends” and can he really “climb stairs”? (The New York Times) The New York Post gets elitist:
Butt cracks have their place…I see the slobs at L’Impero. I see them at DB Bistro Moderne. Steakhouses that were once suit-and-suspenders heaven now seat anything on two legs, even legs in filthy denim.
One of the largest properties in Miami Beach is on Palm Island, goes for $19.7 million, and is one nice party house. We assume interested buyers will have to duke it out with Diddy. (Forbes) Just in case you didn’t know, home sales were down in December. But, for real this time. (National Association of Realtors) Robert Gladstone plans to develop a luxury hotel on Eighth Avenue and 55th Street. (New York Post) A new Upper East Side development replaces a “squat relic.” (Curbed)
– Riva Froymovich