The Afternoon Wrap: Thursday


  • Travel + Leisure picks the best 500 hotels in the world, and New York snags nine honors: the Four Seasons, Hotel Plaza Athenee, Lowell, Mandarin Oriental, Peninsula, Ritz-Carlton (Battery and Central Park), St. Regis, and Trump International. We vote for the Chelsea, too. [T+L]
  • What do architects think about when asked to imagine NYC’s future? They get bowled over with “anxiety over global warming.” So the Architecture Research Office has created “radical coping mechanisms” to make up for soon-to-be flooded streets. See the cheery 22nd-century Manhattan above. [Architectural Record]
  • In other news, CNN has a big article called Your Home: Is ‘going green’ worth the cost?. The sub-head reads: “The eco-friendly house (and renovation) has gone mainstream. But is it really worth the cost?” Yes. [CNN/Money]
  • If you tell The Times that your $3.65 million carriage house was a “bargain,” you’ll probably get publically humiliated on the Internet. Especially if your renovation cost $500 per foot. And especially if you sorta stole the idea for your mega-hit book. [Gawker]
  • Max Abelson