Tuesday: Rich People Love NY, NY Hates Poor People

  • Columbia University has received a $200 million gift to finance a new science center from the Jerome L. Green Foundation. It is the largest private donation to a United States institution for the creation of a single facility, and beats last year’s donation for New York University’s School of Medicine. So, Columbia wins some and loses some. (The New York Times)
  • This weekend: Go gay at the 13th Original GLBT Expo at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. (The Village Voice)
  • In one Lower East Side haunt, Guinness and Powers whiskey are still the drinks specialties. (The Village Voice)
  • The last West Village frontier (yes, there’s one left) is in a preservationist battle, but the developer is near closing on the deal. (New York)
  • We are reminded of Nina Lalli’s brilliance: “Shopping for a stylish man in his twenties is nearly impossible unless he’s gay or needs a new wallet.” Enter: clothing store aNYthing (ahem, A New York Thing). (The Village Voice)
  • Do Lower East Siders feel safer when vigilantes warn residents to watch out for the neighborhood pedophile? (Gothamist)
  • The Barbizon Hotel for Women is being converted to condos, and the marketing campaign paints the building as a symbol of elegance for the likes of a modern Grace Kelly, despite its traffic-infested location. (The New York Times)
  • NY hates poor people: “Housing advocates estimate there are 11,000 subsidized apartments in Brooklyn that could be lost in the next five years if city officials don’t move aggressively to persuade landlords to stay in the federal program.” (New York Daily News)
  • Forbes covers the finest example of The High Life in Brooklyn.
  • - Riva Froymovich