Thursday: Jefferson Hated New York

  • A number of cities are suffering from an increase in foreclosures on houses among minorities and the poor. (The New York Times)
  • Steve Cuozzo tell us to stop torturing ourselves trying to scrounge a cool invitation, and just go to guzzling meathouse Churrascaria Plataforma. (New York Post)
  • Herald Square Development bought seven properties at once on a single block for $117.5 million, and may build up to 335,000 square feet of space, including 247,000 square feet of residential space. (Crain’s)
  • The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to demolish the 1936 Purchase Building underneath the Brooklyn Bridge. (Brownstoner)
  • A young boy helps his mother write a book about a 32-room Scottish mansion, and tiny wisdoms emerge: “In my experience, cleaning ladies don’t do much. It’s a case of tokenism, I’m afraid.” (The New York Times)
  • Thomas Jefferson–intellectual, founding father and anti-urbanist, led this country to become the sprawling suburb it is. Ah, lawns. (Planetizen via Matrix)
  • Two new streets: Peter Jennings Way on West 66th Street passed and Bob Marley Avenue passes onto the next hurdle. (Gothamist)
  • Big chains take over Midtown’s Fifth Avenue from no-name tourist shops. (The New York Times)
  • Silvercup Studios takes steps to expand its Hollywood West in Long Island City. (The New York Times)
  • For fears of “clear-cutting the whole neighborhood,” the Preservation League of New York placed Greenpoint and Williamsburg on its annual “7 to Save” list. (New York Daily News)
  • NYC Councilmen criticized Bush for cutting the Army Corps of Engineers funding towards the Rockaways, Coney Island and Staten Island beaches, comparing the shores to New Orleans. (New York Daily News)
  • Cynthia Rowley is trying to kick out a resident of her townhouse with a lawsuit for $1 million. (Page Six)
  • The Shvo Report: Brokers push condo sales with star performances. For instance Grammy winner John Legend to perform at 20 Pine. (The New York Times)