Law & Order
An “open source assessment” of Occupy Wall Street’s planned May Day protest produced by the NYPD SHIELD counterterrorism program warns of possible “militant eletments” among the protesters and a variety of “disruptive activities” including “vandalism” and “a blockade of New York City bridges, tunnels, and ferries.” This evening, Twitter accounts affiliated with Occupy Wall Street began sending out the assessment, which was identified as “leaked.”
Paul Browne, the NYPD’s chief spokesperson, said the document was “hardly ‘leaked.’”
“This is a summary of stuff the press has reported on all week and that has been disseminated on OWS related sites,” Mr. Browne said. “It was sent on our website used by thousands of security directors for universities, hospitals, corporations, and other employers who are welcome to share it with anyone they want, and who do.” Read More
The Neverending Story
As of today, as you probably already know, 1 World Trade Center reached the historic height of 1,271 feet, eclipsing the Empire State Building and reclaiming its place as the tallest building in the city. In honor of that achievement, the tower will be lit up red, white and blue tonight. The Observer asked Tony Malkin, owner of the iconic tower, what he thought of being No. 2 again.
Do you ever grow tired of looking out your window and seeing the same old sweeping views of the city? Apparently, Zachary Jared Schreiber and his wife Lori did. The couple is ditching their sprawling 33rd-floor apartment at 15 Central Park West for a sprawling 9th-floor apartment at 1030 Fifth Avenue.
Both apartments have views of the park, of course, but one is from the west side and the other is from the east, and the new one has 55-feet of Central Park footage, which we imagine would be a very refreshing shift. Plus those sunsets.
DNAinfo, the Manhattan hyperlocal journalism start-up whose Upper East Side madame scoop means we must no longer call them “scrappy,” rolled out that five borough expansion we reported on today.
Back from the dead
One of the prettiest zombies of the real estate collapse is finally coming back to life. The condo tower at 290 Mulberry Street has been nearly finished for years now, but the developer fell into trouble, the building bounced around a bit, and only now is it coming back on the market, as a rental.
Karass Development picked up the project, and with the help of Citi Habitats broker Lucie Holt, it has been rebranded as Mulberry House, a rental building that has just come on the market.
I Want My Free TV
The days of Saturday Night Live as cheapo Sunday morning hangover cure may be coming to a close. The New York Post reports that Hulu is getting ready to upend its current business model and require users to login with their cable or satellite account numbers. If you don’t have a cable or satellite account and therefore you don’t have a number, well, tough cookie.
Sources tell the Post that Hulu plans to transition to an authentication model, meaning access to content will be predicated upon some sort of subscription. Those same sources point to the shift as the reason for Providence Equity Partners unloading its stake for $200 million. Read More
Charlie Rangel appeared on ‘Up Close’ over the weekend and was pressed on whether or not he intends to resign after winning election to give his seat to Assemblyman Keith Wright.
In a word, Mr. Rangel said that anybody who suggested such a thing knows nothing about him.
“Anyone who knows me–which includes reporters–would know that I would not know how to do something immoral, to tell my constituents that supported me for decades, ’Give me the opportunity to represent you,’ and then during the course of that say I didn’t mean what I said.”
Whether or not Mr. Rangel is setting things up for Mr. Wright is uncertain, but this is certainly not the first time he has been accused of immorality, not after a lengthy House ethics trial last year in which he fended off charges that he abused his office. Read More
It Takes a Village
The arguments for NYU’s, creatively named, “2031” expansion have been predictable in their rhetoric: You shouldn’t—and, frankly, can’t—stand in the way of change. The majority of press in the city has adopted this stance and backed the new proposals. Now Manhattan borough president, Scott Stringer, has given his approval, albeit with stipulations that reduce the build by some 20 percent.
Those who disagree with the 1.9 million square foot expansion have been cast as one-dimensional curmudgeons who are stuck in the past. “Change never comes easy to New York” read a Times op-ed. Really? In more polemic media, the anti-expansion crowd have even been accused of wanting to “steal” one of NYU’s buildings.
“I think they pretty much get what they want, I feel like they are a little principality,” Diane Peterson said of the university, sitting on a stone slab in La Guardia community gardens, the southern block of the two “Super Blocks” that most of the 2031 plan is based upon.
Ms. Peterson has maintained her plot, where she grows tomatoes and roses amongst other shrubs, for more than three decades. Although NYU does not own the land that La Guardia Gardens is situated on—it belongs to the Department of Transportation—if the planned expansion does go ahead the garden will be embedded in the midst of a construction site for some 20 years.
With its crushing lineup right now, HBO would be fools not to re-up on two of its most hype-producing shows: Julia Louis-Dreyfus‘ cringe-y comedy Veep (Curb Your Enthusiasm for the White House, with Buster bonus), and Lena Dunham‘s cringe-y (for totally different reasons) Apatow production, Girls.
Luckily, fools they are not, and both shows have been renewed for second seasons before we’ve had time to learn most of the characters’ names.