The Afternoon Wrap: Thursday


  • When the New York Historical Society took its (two) mighty renovation plans to the public last night, man-of-the-people Bill Moyers stood up to the NYHS. Representing his Central Park West posse, Mr. Moyers said he’ll support the museum’s plans only if there isn’t a hi-rise condo involved. Uptown drama! [Curbed]
  • From Pittsburg [above] to Syracuse to Sugar Land, Texas, American cities are clawing each other for the honor to say, “We’re the greenest.” And their mayors are signing grand agreements, too: Bloomberg and 15 other NY leaders have jumped onto the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. [USA Today, via Architect Online]
  • Conspiratorial Question of the Day: Why was Joshua Guttman’s building at 247 Water Street in Dumbo destroyed by fire–just like his historic Greenpoint Terminal? Either way, he and his partners will need to deal with the 434 charges for “not curing deficiencies” at the terminal before its fiery destruction. [The Real Deal]
  • But there’s more to Dumbo than shady fires–like artsy condos! Local creative types have two weeks to submit art for the J Condominium. (On the other hand, $16,000 would hardly pay a few months’ rent in the neighborhood these days.) [Dumbo NYC]
  • Max Abelson