Monday: Mean Streets

Photo via The New York Times.

  • The Dickensian lives of Chinatown’s restaurant workers, in the downtown transient hotels where they live. (The New York Times)
  • The city’s population will hit 9 million by 2020, and the city is drafting a plan to make sure there are enough jobs and apartments for them all.(The New York Times)
  • One solution: The New York Times pushes readers to move abroad.
  • Gentrification notwithstanding, West African restaurants in Harlem are doing well, according to one aficionado. (The Village Voice)
  • Literary socialites scatter as the Accompanied Library in the National Arts Club on Gramercy Park is getting pushed out of its quirky, elegant home. (Page Six)
  • Lower East Side club Pianos fires its Friday night hip-hop DJ, in search of a “posh crowd.” Race quickly comes to the fore. (The Village Voice)
  • Cell phone antennas can earn landlords up to $20,000 a month, but Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. calls it an “epidemic.” (New York Daily News)
  • Just when “hidden” Lower East Side bar and restaurant Freemans slipped low on the hot list, it’s building its way up. (Curbed)
  • New York magazine does the math on what it takes to start the five most evil kinds of retail business, including a West Village kids’ store and a Lower East Side bar. (New York)
  • Turning streets into pedestrian-only promenades has fallen out of favor in Manhattan as blight-inducing; but the city is happy to close Pacific Street for Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards proposal. Here, Brooklynites take down the idea. (Brooklyn Views)
  • There was a 43 percent increase in remodeling projects between 2001 and 2005. But, what are the worthwhile renovation investments? (Forbes)
  • The best restaurants to get fat in. (New York)
  • Michael Schvo hates killing trees–unless it’s to build–and relies on technology for the paperwork. (New York)
  • Halvah mousse makes fine Israeli dining in Park Slope’s Miriam. (New York)
  • The Algonquin hotel gives a “writers’ rate” for a night. (Hotel Chatter)
  • Moby’s Kent Cliffs, New York home is up for sale and in need of a decorator. (Luxist)
  • Triple Mint is back, with a close look at Ian Schrager’s 40 Bond. (Triple Mint)
  • – Riva Froymovich