Monday: Gowanus Is Not Park Slope, Tribeca Is Not Jersey, SoHell Is Not Hell?

Brooklyn’s new Holiday Inn

  • The Jack Parker Corporation is trying to rezone north Tribeca–from manufacturing into residential–so that it can put up a hefty, dense apartment building. If you live in the area, you’re probably complaining about damage to “low-rise character” or to waterfront views. And you’re probably rich, too: the neighborhood proudly claims the “city’s wealthiest zip code,” even though just 18% of the land is zoned for residential housing. Jack Parker is salivating. (New York Sun)
  • The Gowanus Holiday Inn is open, so everyone can get his $139-per-night Gowanus fix! The Times halfheartedly points out that “most people still aren’t calling [the area] Park Slope.” Mightn’t that be because Gowanus is (still) not Park Slope? (New York Times)
  • The Hamptons won’t be officially dead until the H-word is no longer meaninglessly dropped in the lede sentences of big Post articles on international business deals. Or maybe the Hamptons has already died and gone to Purgatory. (New York Post)
  • New York says “you might want to spend some time in” in the avant garde-heavy, friendly bar-happy ‘hood below Hell’s Kitchen. Why? Because it’s SoHell. (New York)
  • It’s old news, but it’s good news: New York does not qualify as a “wellness community.” This has something to do with “germs” and “full-body age assessments,” and possibly people named bubble sitters. (CNN/Money)
  • Max Abelson