Thursday: City Booze Goes Down the Drain

  • Okay, everyone, pronounce this with us: Biophilic design. It’s the very latest trend in Upper West Side apartments, according to the trustworthy Times. Of course, it involves using “real or simulated natural elements” in the home to “promote well-being.” What’s the relation to green design? “It is a quirky, lesser-known cousin… concerned more with speaking to our emotions.” And that’ll cost you $50,000. (The New York Times)
  • The New York Liquor Authority is making it even harder for you to drink your pains away with sweet joy-juice: There’s a moratorium (“effective immediately”!) that prevents a bar from opening on a block with three there already. Actually, that doesn’t sound so bad. Nevertheless: “We are flabbergasted,” screams the NY Nightlife Authority. (Crain’s)
  • Today’s Post real estate cover-story warns that folks building a house should “EXPECT SOME BATTLES WITH CONTRACTORS AND NEIGHBORS.” We’re glad to know. But much bigger news is that The Catskills are featured above the Hamptons in the homebuilding run-down, which surely means a Catskills cover-story is around the corner. Also: Corcoran’s Joanne and Jonathan Douglas are the best couple in the state. (NY Post)
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if the working class tenants of Stuy Town and Peter Cooper Village could avoid a horrifying $5 billion takeover by putting together a homegrown buy-out? Mr. Jonathan Miller says: “I’ve never heard of one of this magnitude.” But, speaking of magnitude, Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Senator Schumer are all for it. (NY Daily News)
  • - Max Abelson