The Afternoon Wrap: Friday

 The Afternoon Wrap: Friday

  • Restoration heroes Beyer Blinder Belle are fixing up the Empire State Building: uncovering the lobby’s gold-and-silver “celestial sky” ceiling mural. But, of course, the original lighting will be replaced by “modern, energy-efficient fixtures” [Interior Design]
  • Tragically, Brooklyn bars are now officially over-packed: “Manhattanites are actually commuting to our fair borough to party in Boerum Hill, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, and Williamsburg.” [Brooklyn Record/Time Out NY]
  • Speaking of Park Slope: Residents turned out in droves last night to bemoan plans [above] for bicycle lanes: “There is no way in hell there is going to be a bike lane on Ninth Street,” a charming Sloper screamed before the meeting started. Why? “A bike lane would interfere with double parking.” [Curbed]
  • The neighborhood isn’t as hip as it was in the Truman Capote/Norman Mailer days of yore, but Brooklyn Heights’ open houses are still a hot ticket. A studio is up for $265,000; a house costs 13 times more. [NY Mag]

    - Max Abelson