The Afternoon Wrap: Thursday

  • William Lescaze’s 6,800-square-foot 1935 Upper East Side modernist masterpiece is on the market for $8 million. What do the commentators say? “It’s hideous.” And: “A shit for a house [sic] only an architect would fall in love with. Raze it. It was hideous then and it’s hideous now.” [Curbed]
  • Why have the French disallowed H&M from opening a 50-million-Euro flagship? “There is a risk that the Champs Elysees could become banal,” the head of planning for Paris’s City Council said. She added, zestfully, “We have nothing against H&M.” [Times of London, via ArchNewsNow]
  • Real estate search engine Trulia has formed a big-name advisory board “to help with strategic planning.” Are they planning a new-wave techno-real-estate monopoly? Or maybe a take-down of REBNY? [Matrix]
  • Rule of the Day: Cobble Hill may never again be celebrated “for the sheer depth” of its glassware collectibles stores. [Apartment Therapy]
  • - Max Abelson