Law and Order
Apple’s iPad is a magnificent tool that can be used for education, entertainment and communication. It has revolutionized the way we interact with computers. It is not, however, a weapon.
Cobble Hill really wants to keep its hospital. Ever since the State University of New York trustees voted unanimously to close the Long Island College Hospital in Cobble Hill, local politicians—and just about everyone else involved—have been desperately trying to keep the medical center open. A group of unions and doctors won a temporary reprieve, but the prognosis for the hospital is not good.
SUNY chairman H. Carl McCall claims that “There is no plan whatsoever with respect to real estate,” but local councilman Brad Lander, who represents the 39th District, snaking from Cobble Hill to Borough Park, thinks otherwise.
“It’s hard to pin down motives,” Mr. Lander told Crain’s New York Business, “but it doesn’t seem like all the avenues have been explored to make this facility profitable and have it continue to function as a hospital.” He estimated the value of the real estate at $500 million, if converted to housing, as is allowed by the current zoning designation.
Man uses Hurricane Sandy to demand huge discount on Meier’s Perry Street condo. [Post]
UES neighbors terrified that fashion truck could lead to other mobile vendors. [DNAinfo]
Stodgy Manhattanites buy Dumbo loft, feel certain that area is “on the rise.” [NYT]
Post fawns over Bruce Ratner for taking a blind ex-slave watch a game at his arena. [Post]
Once upon a time, the state wanted to save Long Island College Hospital. [Bk Paper]
Astoria residents worry that narrow bike lanes in park will lead to collisions. [DNAinfo]
Amazon is looking to triple, or even quintuple, its Manhattan office space. [WSJ]
Inspiration for the coming era of micro apartments. [NYT]
Beverly Hills Carlyle wants Candy Spelling to leave. Now. [Forbes]
Bed-Stuy affordable housing project on Franklin Avenue is a go. [Brownstoner]
The G train revamping would do well with a bar car and leather recliners. [FiPS]
Rockrose Development seeking beer halls, music venues, hot clubs in LIC. [DNAinfo]
Gentrification alert! Soho House wants to move to the LES. [Lo-Down]
Couches: analyzing them, championing them, making them over on the cheap. [NYT]
Meet the (grand) pianist of Washington Square Park. [Atlantic Cities]
Fashion guru Derek Lam lists Soho loft for $6 million. [TRD]
RXR Realty Chairman Scott Reihcler is also a Port Authority commissioner. [Bloomberg]
Vintage apartment ad hawks East New York complex “mere miles from JFK.” [Curbed]
Before the dawn of the Internet, when libraries were places where people read and not just a bathroom for the homeless, young people used to seek out their elders for advice on life’s important questions. “How is babby formed?” they wondered. “What’s it like being an old person?”
The Eight-Day Week
Artist iona ROZEAL brown (that’s how she spells it; remember how k.d. lang was in all-lowercase?) is influenced by hip-hop music, kabuki and Japan’s ganguro girls, who traipse around Tokyo’s shopping-saturated Shibuya district with faces tanned dark brown and hair bleached as white as snow. Naturally, Nicki Minaj’s squeaky songs are strumming through our brain. Read More
Looks like Foodspotting cofounder and roaming angel investor Soraya Darabi is back! She’s been working on something stealth, but it seems that bane of the startup world (paperwork!) has now tipped her hand. A Form D for a company called Zady, which has raised a $1,350,000 round of financing, has appeared with Ms. Darabi’s name on it.
Tuition, clothes, cars, spring break. College students will blow money on anything, as long as they don’t have to pay for it (thanks Mom and Dad!). Or, at least, as long as they don’t have to pay for it right now (loans! credit card debt!).
You know what else they’ll pay for? Housing. You know how much they’ll pay for it? A lot.
At least, that’s what real estate developers are discovering (to their delight), according to The Wall Street Journal. As long as you can put up with the occasional rager and someone vomiting into the pool every now and again, student housing pays handsomely. And because students are paying with other people’s money—either their parents’ or their future selves’—student housing has proved cheerfully impervious to market downturns.
Church & State
As the old saying goes, politics makes strange bedfellows, and that is certainly true in this year’s mayoral election. One dark-horse candidate is being backed by an alliance made from an odd coupling of religious Jews and Evangelical Christian Latinos to support his socially conservative yet resolutely Democratic agenda. In a city—and a mayoral race—where even Republicans tend to be socially liberal, a religious, right-wing Democrat is certainly a novelty. But Pastor Erick Salgado would like to be more than that. Mr. Salgado, who lives in Staten Island and claims his Iglesia Jovenes Cristianos, or Churdch of the Young Christians, now has “around twenty” congregations “in the New York area,” said Jews and Christians with conservative religious beliefs have been denied “the respect that they deserve” from the city’s dominant political party.
“We are Democrats; we don’t want to do this in another party, we want to do this here in this one,” he explained to Politicker when we spoke with him last week in a small campaign office a few blocks from one of his churches in Bath Beach
This is Chelsea Davison.She does a creepily good impression of Lena Dunham auditioning for Zero Dark Thirty. She is very talented. Definitely the parody voice of this generation, even though in general people who “do voices” for a living are one step above mimes, in our book. But there were some great mimes, like Marcel Marceau, and this is a great impersonation. Just watch.
About 41 minutes ago (according to Tweetdeck), Modern Family actress Sophia Vergara wrote an angry message to Perez Hilton:
mobi.perezhilton.com/2013-02-27-sof… this is not news.this is desrespectfull.we know everyhing we need to know about my brother’s death.
We followed the link and were surprised to find that the article was missing, and replaced by a new “Top Story” on the Hollywood gossip blog: