The Afternoon Wrap: Tuesday


  • Jay McInerney’s long-going goodbye to the Upper East Side continues with his final trips to Elio’s (“Who dares to serve lasagna in this neighborhood? Gottta love it”), Bar and Books (for “uptown swells”), and Pinkberry (“a great place to watch girls.”) [House & Garden]
  • Despite community efforts (which have included the old handcuffed-to-tree trick), the 19-year-old Nueva Esperanza (New Hope) Garden will be turned into an $80 million luxury condominium, plus the Museum for African Art. Scarily, of the city’s 40 to 50 gardens “in danger of being developed,” half are in East Harlem. [City Limits]
  • The Freedom Tower’s costs rise, and the grumbles grow louder. But what do a few extra billion dollars here or there matter? [Architectural Record News]
  • For a family-centric ad, Corcoran fills the Guccione mansion with more babes [above] than it ever had in its Penthouse magazine days. [Curbed]

    Max Abelson

  • The Afternoon Wrap: Tuesday