The Afternoon Wrap: Monday


  • The bones of Brooklyn’s Ikea have been erected, representing a long stride toward the borough’s horrifying self-destruction. Doomsday is near, via inexpensive Swedish furniture. [Gowanus Lounge]
  • Vanity Fair lovingly dubs The Bowery Hotel “funky.” Why? Because the building “was literally built out of Styrofoam, with hideous aluminum windows.” [VF, via Curbed]
  • Apparently, Chinatown (an oasis of “whimsy, mystery, and grit”) has singularly rebuffed the tide of NYC gentification. That means the area will never be as horrifying as West 27th Street’s clubland [pictured above]. [NY Mag]
  • The “sickest rental in Brooklyn right now” is a Park Slope brownstone. The owner won’t sell, and won’t break up the apartments either, and has generously opted to paint the whole house eggshell. [Brownstoner]
  • Max Abelson