The Afternoon Wrap: Tuesday

  • Meet New York’s Irving Berlin: a poor boy in the Lower East Side, a teenager in Chinatown, a songwriter in midtown’s Exchange Building, a corpse in the Bronx. [L Magazine]
  • Will St. Vincent’s famously holey hospital on Seventh Avenue be torn down and redeveloped? It would be a loss for fans of holey buildings everywhere. [Curbed]
  • Of the 268 local development corporations in New York, only one lucky group exists solely for “negotiating and enforcing a community benefits agreement with Columbia University.” That’s surely a fun little life. [City Limits]
  • Californian Superficiality of the Day: It would only cost $2.9 million to pretend you’re Brad and Angelina in W Magazine. The 5,000-square-foot Rancho Mirage estate is “unmolested,” plus it has “exterior finishes of corrugated aluminum, medium-smooth stucco and natural rock, a floating interior fireplace and a 17-foot living room planter.” [Forbes]
  • - Max Abelson