Wednesday: 'Blatant' Corcoran Racism (and Paper Owls) in Brooklyn

  • An undercover investigation by the National Fair Housing Alliance accuses Corcoran’s Brooklyn office of “blatant housing discrimination against African-Americans.” White clients were steered toward white neighborhoods like Park Slope and Cobble Hill, while black clients were deprived of information about incentives. 2006 is the new 1934. (New York Times)
  • An advisor to the Times‘ architectural selection committee said that though he appreciates Renzo Piano’s design for the newspaper’s new tower, he is “madly in love with the Gehry.” (The Gehry is the “tower-that-might-have-been,” had Frank won the NYT’s big competition). But is there really a measurable different between a Piano “triumph” and a Gehry “masterpiece”? (Metropolis)
  • Fighting the good fight for non-billionaire housing, Mayor Bloomberg will recommend an overhaul of the city’s “most popular tax break for housing developers.” (Now rich Manhattanites can no longer get city money for building homes for rich Manhattanites). Does the name 421-a sound familiar? (New York Times)
  • This is what House & Garden has to say about Brooklyn: “I fell in love with the one-cup coffee presses in cherry red. They also have quirky cutlery and smart pocket clocks, and craftier creations, like papery owls, mobiles, chrome cuckoo clocks and vintage, rustic-lite furniture.” What has happened to this chrome cuckoo-loving borough? See above. (House & Garden)
  • Max Abelson