Friday: The Mixed-Use Jail

  • The Brooklyn House of Detention in Boerum Hill isn’t very attractive. People are typically sent to prison rather than voluntarily go. So, the Correction Department has decided to convert a portion of the site into retail space. (The New York Times)
  • America’s obsession with its own little pasture: “A researcher investigating the psychology of suburbanites in 1948 observed shrewdly that the American work ethic coexisted uneasily with free time, and that ‘intense care of the lawn is an excellent resolution of this tension.’” (The New York Times)
  • In her final days on the real estate beat, Motoko Rich chooses to torture readers. (The Walk-Through)
  • On a similar note, here are some spots where you can drool over that lighting fixture you’ve been pining for. (Apartment Therapy)
  • Avenue C goes upscale. (Curbed)
  • New Jersey is more “liveable” than New York. We respectfully disagree. (Gothamist)
  • A NYT reporter takes notes: “In reference to the Freedom Tower, [Nicolai] Ouroussoff said, ‘If this is a symbol of what our country has become, it’s the worst thing I’ve ever seen.’” (Polis)
  • The Night Hotel is welcoming guests. (Hotel Chatter)
  • Zillow and the Justice Department have placed real estate commissions under siege. (Inman News)
  • The Palmyra, a new Jamaica “Co-tel” with an Italian sibling, is waiting for your money. (Luxist)
  • A new photography show at the Hasted Hunt Gallery focuses on the details of design through the lenses of two artists. (Metropolis)
  • - Riva Froymovich