Monday: Empire State Building Turns 75, Paranoia Reigns

  • Even if the city is installing 500 new cameras, the NYPD doesn’t have the ability to constantly monitor the surveillance footage. So, how useful is it? It’s all about deterrence–i.e., instilling a fear of Big Brother. (The New York Times)
  • In the same vein, The New York Times gets paranoid and lists the New York spots one wouldn’t want to get stuck in.
  • In honor of the Empire State Building’s 75th anniversary, The New York Times has a collection of aricles dedicated to its culture, history and people, like the Salem Radio Network, the electrician who changes the color of building’s lights, and of course the movies it appears in.
  • Wu Tang Clan aren’t Staten Island’s only famous artists. Alice Austen was a notable photographer, and her home was refurbished as a museum. (As the Clan would say, “Cash, Rules, Everything, Around, Me / C.R.E.A.M. /
    Get the money / Dollar, dollar bill y’all.”) (Forgotten NY)
  • People aren’t choosing “green” buildings because they’re environmentally friendly, but because oil costs lots of money. (CNN)
  • Pataki’s senior advisor says the design of the new WTC is vulnerable to an attack. But, what isn’t vulnerable? (The New York Times)
  • Midas Inc. makes urbanites feel lucky. They sponsored a contest to find who commutes to work the longest in America. The winner drives 370 miles. And you were annoyed about taking the cross-town bus. (Reuters)
  • Richard Meier spread his seed to Rome. He designed the city’s first modern building since Mussolini. What a distinction! (Reuters)
  • Is your zip code on the list of the most expensive? (Forbes)
  • You hate these people, we know: the washer-dryer owners of Manhattan. (The New York Times)
  • The New Yorker cartoonist wasn’t “comfortable” calling his apartment an investment, and has now moved into a four-bedroom in Harlem decorated with his drawings. He is very comfortable with himself. (The New York Times)
  • An urban strip-mall, not a luxury condo, took over a Chinatown parking lot and now sells custard-filled cakes. Yum. (The Village Voice)
  • You may think it’s a pothole that you tripped on and broke your heel, but it’s not. (New York Daily News)
  • – Riva Froymovich