On the Market: Google Expands Again, Customers Hate Cash-Only and How Gene Kaufman Became the Hotel King

Amiga-Commodore, flickr

Amiga-Commodore, flickr

Just as Google took over the internet, it is now taking over Chelsea Market, Crain’s reports. After leasing 320,000 square feet last year, the overlord of us all has taken an additional 75,000. And nearby, the once-gritty Meatpacking District is now filled with glassy office towers, via a Wall Street Journal story, having not left Midtown for the last decade, apparently.

While most people who attend community board meetings have a tendency to get up in arms over booze, sidewalk cafes and late hours, we think that the response of a Community Board 12 member to a proposed extension of a sidewalk cafes hours from 10 p.m. to midnight, as reported in DNAinfo, is a little extreme: “I would shoot myself if I had to live above Mamajuana and they were making noise until midnight.”

Speaking of eating and dining establishments that cause outrage: Gothamist would like to know your thoughts on cash-only places. Yes, it’s better for their business in the short term, but does it make people avoid your place? (Yes. The answer is yes.)

Next week Aby Rosen and Peg Breen will return to court, The New York Times reports, battling over whether or not Rosen can remove a Picasso tapestry from the four seasons for “restoration”/storage. Regardless of the outcome, it may take some serious work after this to restore Mr. Rosen’s reputation as an art-lover and a preservationist.

After a year with an unusually large number of suicides, San Francisco is considering finally adding a safety net/barrier to the Golden Gate Bridge, according to The New York Times, despite the loss to some of the iconic bridge’s charm.

Experts feel that Citi Bike system is underused and undervalued, The Wall Street Journal reports. The costs for yearly membership is too low and the cost of short-term, half-hour use is too high. But the system remains popular, if it can make the changes necessary to survive.

Boo! One of the scariest parts of the search for a new apartment are ghost listings, those too-good-to-be-true ads that are always just sold, or rented, or otherwise unavailable when you call. Of course, the agent will be more than happy to show you another, very similar property, writes The Times.

Last of all, Curbed documents how Gene Kaufman became the undisputed king of hotel construction, despite a less than lauded ouvre.