Monday: Crazy Gravesend Jews and Insane Park Views

  • Brooklyn’s most expensive house (it’s in Gravesend, of course) is annihilated to make way for a 10,400-square-foot mansion. There are more multimillion-dollar teardowns to come, though thankfully some of the neighborhood’s “signature” orange roofs (?) will be maintained. The explanation for all this? Residents just “want to be close to the synagogues.” (The New York Times)
  • Bloomberg announces that nine new Greenmarkets–including, unfairly, one at City Hall–will feed Manhattan’s voracious summer appetite for mediocre baked goods, fresh mangoes and “grape” tomatoes. We hope this makes up for the city’s twelve evil supermarkets, which have little problems like “moth-infested popcorn.” (NY1)
  • Moving up three spots to a respectable Number 10, New York ties with Oslo–(Oslo?)–in a new survey of expensive cities. Thankfully we take the top spot in North America, and everyone wishes that they too were “becoming a more expensive place to live compared to the rest of the world.” (NY Post)
  • The Times‘ Suzanne Slesin enjoys “a little reverie” at the new 110 Central Park South condo: she keeps her eyes on the park view “while admiring the Poggenpohl cabinets, the Miele oven and cooktop, the Viking wine cooler.” But best of all is the imaginary “children in sailor suits chasing after hoops,” if not “the prewired corridors that cry out for sconces.” We’re crying out for a stiff drink now. (The New York Times)
  • The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association launches its own registry to track the diseases plaguing 9/11 emergency workers. Meanwhile, the coordinator of the federally funded Mount Sinai WTC monitoring program admits that statistics on cancers haven’t been kept. “We have deaths now,” PBA President Patrick Lynch says. “We can’t wait for information that can save other lives.” (NY Post)
  • - Max Abelson