On the Market: Chinese Buying Condos for Their Toddlers and Other Reasons Why There Won’t Be Anything Cool About Manhattan Soon

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American women are not having babies, they’re having little dogs! Yes, Atlantic Cities reports that the age group who would otherwise be birthing children is buying miniature canines instead. And a surprisingly large quantity of dog food to feed them! (Somehow, we aren’t all that concerned.)

At least you don’t have to buy a dog an apartment to live in when it goes to college? Well, actually, no one has to buy a child an apartment to live in while he or she goes to college. Nonetheless, Chinese families are snapping up properties for their infants in U.S. college towns, reports The Wall Street Journal. We anticipate the stories 16 years from now about what happens when these children fail to get into the very selective schools their parents are so certain they are destined for. Nonetheless, it may help sales at the hotel/condo tower that developer Sean Ludwick is planning at 38th and 11th Avenue, according to Crain‘s. Mr. Ludwick paid $115 million to acquire the site at 38th Street and 11th Avenue and plans to target Chinese buyers.

The Landmarks Commission won’t landmark the interior of the Rizzoli bookstore, DNAinfo reports, citing the fact that its design mostly dates back to 1985. Which is very sad, but all indications seem to be that it’s beautiful, beloved space without much historic merit. And, Midtown will effectively lose a significant amount of coolness in its disappearance.

Midtown’s uncoolness is a state of affairs that Justin Davidson explores in NYMag, in light of Time’s move downtown, along with many of the other media and advertising companies that once lent the neighborhood its glamour.

Also losing its cool? Lower Manhattan, where J&R has closed its music and electronics emporium and Pearl Paints is selling its building, according to The New York Times.

We guess they all live in Queens now? The Kaufman Astoria studios in Queens has drawn a young, hip crowd to the neighborhood, The Wall Street Journal reports. Which raises the question: just how many young, hip people there are to go around? Their ranks seem always to be growing, replicating, expanding, colonizing new neighborhoods. Are they multiplying in number, simply roving around the city in super-cool posses to hit up as many cool places as possible?

The disagreement over disabled access in residential properties is intensifying with Related pushing back against a federal lawsuit, according to The Wall Street Journal. The point of contention is Local Law 58, a set of building standards for disabled access that preceded the Americans with Disabilities Act and which many developers continue to adhere to, rather than the ADA.