The Afternoon Wrap: Wednesday

The New York City Condo blog published a list of the top 100 condos in the city based on location, layout, interior finish, amenities, and investment potential. Surprise, surprise: 15 Central Park West and the Plaza ranked first and second. [NY CondoBlog via Curbed]

A visiting video artist and teacher says she was harassed by a Forest City Ratner heavy while shooting “blurry, arty” footage of the Atlantic Yards site. Dare we say saving the public from an arthouse flick might be a form of civic activism on the part of the much-maligned developer. [Gothamist]

The meatpacking district welcomes another trendy, fusion restaurant when Merkato opens on Friday. No word on whether diners will be required to eat the Swedish-infused Ethiopian fare with their hands as is customary. [Eater]

License plates commemorating the Giants’ Super Bowl victory will be for sale soon, Governor Spitzer said on Tuesday. [Brooklyn Eagle]

Ha! New York’s Chinatown kicks D.C.’s “Chinablock’s” butt. [Gridskipper]

Turkish billionaire Turgay Ciner (ranked the 512th richest person in 2006 by Forbes) bought a $9.16 million condo in the Plaza, according to city records. Mr. Ciner’s diverse holdings include a media company that publishes Forbes in Turkey. [TRD]

Developers are still vying to build condos on the heavily polluted former site of the Manufactured Gas Plant in Gowanus, even though a Columbia study said the site would remain toxic without a 12-year clean-up. [Curbed]