The Afternoon Wrap: Tuesday

skyline1 1 The Afternoon Wrap: TuesdaySay what? The New Yorker’s architecture critic, Paul Goldberger, is "fascinated by the extent to which provincial places in the country are willing to take more risks than cities like New York and LA." [BusinessWeek]

Williamsburg’s most ubiquitous (and maligned) architect, Karl Fischer, is building a luxury condo development in Harlem. Like his other amenity-laden condo projects, this one has a kitschy name–the Miranda. [Curbed]

In New York, thin has always been in, so the city’s skinniest building has quite a storied past. [TRD]

An incentive to visit Newark (or at least travel through its airport): For the first-time in almost a decade the city went four weeks without a homicide. [New York Times]

New York ranked the fourth most miserable city in America in Forbes‘ inaugural list, following Flint, Mich.; Detroit came in first place. New York had the highest tax rate and longest commute times of the 150 metropolitan areas surveyed. [Forbes]

Valentine’s Day alternatives in the city for "angry, drunken singles." [Gridskipper]

The Corrections Department is trying to revive an old plan to rehabilitate a disused jail compound on Atlantic Avenue and Smith–just a stone’s throw from the site of the new Nets arena–to house some of the 4,000 inmates on Riker’s Island. The proposal also includes a plan to spruce up the ground-floor below the facility for a new retail tenant. [Daily Intelligencer]