Witches are being forbidden from holding their street fair in Astor Place because the community board has decided they aren’t “indigenous” to the block or neighborhood. Wiccan leader Starr Ravenhawk told DNAinfo that she plans to write an appeal letter to every member of the community board as well as the state attorney general. Whatever happened to casting spells?
If only a community board could cast out guys like this Upper East Side house flipper, who bought a Bed-Stuy townhouse from a longtime owner for $1.2 million and then tried to flip it for $1.8 million three days later. He told the Daily News that knocking down a wall and making it not “smell like a cat” were modifications worth $650K. Also, that he would never rent it out because he renters would never take as good “care” of it and “this is a house of love.”
Shigeru Ban, architect of disaster relief shelters (and New York’s Metal Shutter and Cast Iron houses), has won the Pritzker Prize, The New York Times reports. Let that be a lesson to all the starchitects out there who seem most inspired in collecting fat commissions for uninspired billionaire condos.
New Williamsburg restaurant “Wild” sounds anything but. We just read on Gothamist that they specialize in gluten-free pizza, pasta and kale cupcakes. Do they also have a metamucil shake? How about agave-nectar cookies? Speaking of perplexingly resilient trends: Facebook loves New York. The company just took 60,000 more square feet in their Astor Place building, Crain’s reports. Also, Trinity is moving forward with its plans for a $21 million expansion on the Upper West Side and has filed plans with the DOB, The Real Deal reports, continuing the trend of posh uptown private schools to either expand their empires or sell them off for cheaper digs.
But you know what’s apparently never going out of fashion? Being dirty filthy rich—like anyone who could afford to rent one of the $25K. a night hotel rooms at thew New York Palace hotel that were recently featured on Curbed. Meanwhile, as the city’s homeless population is surging beyond 52,000, de Blasio and Cuomo have clashed over allocating state funding to a rental subsidy program, The Wall Street Journal reports.