Sotheby’s and the unionized art handlers who move its clients’ prized Warhols and de Koonings ratified an agreement today on a three-year deal that brings a 10-month lockout of the workers to a close, Crain’s reports. The deal increases wages 1 percent each year, raises the starting salary to $18.50 an hour and maintains benefits for the 42 workers who are members of Teamsters Local 814. While Sotheby’s was seeking to replace some of the union workers with temporary nonunion art handlers, this deal protects those positions as union jobs.
It Takes a Village
At the Pier 15 party last night, after discussing the beauty of the pier itself, as well as SHoP’s work further up the East River Esplanade, particularly the new Pier 35, which Amanda Burden described as “fantastic,” the City Planning Commission chair shared her thoughts, however brief, about NYU’s upcoming expansion. The commission will be voting on the plan come Wednesday.
“It’s perfectly balanced between the needs of the community and the needs of the university,” she said.
That’s what Gregg Pasquarelli, the SHoP principal told us last night, at a party on the pier, part ribbon cutting (even though the thing opened last fall) part book launch (even though that came out three months ago). Really, this is one of the hottest firms in town, so whenever an opportunity presents itself to drink and party, it is taken.
As The Observer was leaving, Mr. Pasquarelli grabbed our arm and pointed out to the FDR, the underside of which glowed a faint purple.
“You’ve got to take your wife out there, I promise she’s going to kiss you,” he said. “It happens to everyone.”
Too soon indeed
Bed-Stuy hipster den restaurant Do or Dine just posted –only to immediately delete– an image of a new dish called the “Miami Open-Face with Smoked Bath Salts” to their Facebook and Twitter accounts. We bet you can guess the inspiration!
On Facebook, the image was accompanied by the text: ”Too Soon? Scary news sucks. This doesn’t. Presenting the Miami Openface with Smoked ‘Bath Salts.’”
The idea was attributed to another Twitter user, @kroosh, or Kristen Crusius, who replied to the now-deleted Tweet with her own now-deleted Tweet, “wish I had a bridge to eat it under.”
Pictures of the deleted Tweets after the jump.
Crime & Punishment
“This scheme is plotted on the chart to my left –the smallest demonstrative exhibit that I’ve ever seen used in the DA’s office,” said Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr.
The exhibit Mr. Vance was referring to during a press conference in the 8th floor Library at One Hogan Place earlier today was indeed small, just barely large enough to be read from a generous distance.
The scheme, however –in which Abacus Federal Savings Bank, a bank with predominantly Chinese clientele, allegedly helped its customers submit fraudulent mortgage applications that resulted in approximately a billion dollars worth of mortgages issued out by Fannie Mae– was infinitely larger in size, scope and relevance.
Nineteen individuals, all former employees and managers of Abacus Federal Savings Bank, were indicted as a result of the scam. Seven of those people already entered guilty pleas, while the remainder of them were set to face arraignment –and Judge Renee White– in state court in Manhattan throughout the day.
Next week the Whitney Museum will hold its annual Art Party, which will round down the spring fundraising season and quite possibly splatter somebody with something edible (dessert-art specialists Kreëmart and artist Kalup Linzy have joined forces for the event).
Today, political types were al about the John Edwards trial. Here’s our roundup of the day’s best Tweets from the campaign trail.
Wonk Room says that Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to ban large sugary drinks may actually work.
A conservative blogger asks: Is Mike Bloomberg a Sugar Nazi?, although he later clarified that it was a reference to the Soup Nazi episode of Seinfeld. “That stickler when it came to his soup was no Hitler either.”
Conservative Party Senate nominee Wendy Long pledged to support the GOP nominee, while promising to be the GOP nominee.
Hakeem Jeffries dropped out of a congressional debate.
Mike Bloomberg reads 8 newspapers a day in dead-tree form.
Cameras were kicked out of the public portion of the first JCOPE meeting.
The Cuomo administration sold off its “trains to nowhere.”
Last night, The Observer got a glimpse of the super-tall residential tower Gary Barnett has planned for Broadway and 57th Street, just one block away from his already very tall One57.
Our good friends at Curbed picked up on this and were brilliant enough to photoshop the two onto the same skyline. It is quite the striking image, but not quite complete.
After all, rival 432 Park is already underway—and looking for more investors, if you’re interested, as The Journal revealed yesterday—so we figured, what the hey, let’s put them all together.
Welcome to your new skyline, circa 2015.
Tales of Retail
Pass the syrup—and the Kleenex, because the Death of Downtown lamentations are only going to get louder as the Village gets its second IHOP.
There’s one in Harlem and one on East 14th Street, and soon there will be one in the West Village, too, at 80 Carmine Street. The International House of Pancakes has hit the Big Apple, folks, and it looks like it’s here to stay.