Thursday: Creationists Buy History; Deli Space Now For Haute Cuisine

  • 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