Friday: UNIQLO, Belltel, and "Pimping" the Martime Industry in Red Hook

  • Hamptons Post-Mortem: Now that the neighborhood is officially dead, isn’t it nice to remember those 3-acre estates with private marshes and cutesy docks and six-bedroom Mediterranean castles and “heated infinity pools” and spas and putting ranges and basketball courts? It really brings back some great memories. (Luxist)
  • Out in Queens, NYC is buying 24 acres of Long Island City waterfront for $100 million. There won’t be any spas, but 5,000 new units of housing is a good idea anyway. (Crain’s, via Real Deal)
  • In case you haven’t seen its 7,239,103 advertisements, Japan’s chic UNIQLO is opening a New York flagship on Broadway. Western designers will be designing the high-end (but inexpensive) sweaters and (slim) trousers. Hipsters rejoice. (New York Mag/D.I.)
  • There are over 500 people waiting to see the new condos at 365 Bridge Street–once called the New York Telephone Building, now “The Belltel Lofts.” Art Deco is so in right now. (Brownstoner)
  • But the mayor’s plan to “pimp” the Red Hook/Cobble Hill waterfront into a “maritime-themed tourist attraction” is not so popular. Why? Because it will kill Brookyln’s maritime industry. And because it’s a maritime-themed tourist attraction. (Brooklyn Papers)
  • Max Abelson