On the Market: Disparities, Disparities Everywhere

Parks maintenance, $47.5 million megamansions and players who may lose their Gramercy club



Even though everyone already knows the answer, the City Council “grilled” interim parks boss Liam Kavanagh about whether parks in wealthier neighborhoods are better maintained than those in poor neighborhoods, according to The Wall Street Journal. The question is what, if anything, the city can do about rich people wanting to give charitable contributions to the parks near them and not give donations to the parks not near them. Besides funding the city’s parks fully, that is, or forcing rich conservancies to give up some of their loot to poor parks.

Something else you probably already knew the answer to? The price of Manhattan air rights has gone up, The Journal reports. Though the increase itself was rather stunning: the average price increased to $305 per square foot in 2013, from an average of $207 in 2012. But! Some of that might be explained by the fact that Extell was the most prolific buyer.

As the old saw goes, if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere, but nowadays you have to make at least $40,000 a year to make it here. Or so Gothamist surmises after checking out Stringer’s affordability study. Otherwise you can’t afford the rent. And not like can’t afford it can’t afford it but really, truly  cannot afford it.

The former home of New York Foundling has officially hit the market for $47.5 million with Dolly Lenz. There are renderings of the building as a mega-mansion, and as Curbed so wittily sums them up: “No surprise Lenz, who teamed up with firm Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel for the imagining, sees a glass elevator as appropriate for the building that currently hosts programs for children and families in need.”

Seemingly reluctant to court any more controversy at this particular moment, the Port Authority has postponed the decision over whether it should commit $1 billion to back a third World Trade Center tower, Crain’s reports. Though presumably they will need to decide sometime? A vote has been postponed until May.

The Guastavino Fireproof Construction Company may not be a household name, but as The New York Times documents, you can find the architectural hallmarks of the architects in buildings around the city. In fact, their structural tile outlasted many of the places it adorned, among them Penn Station and the closed City Hall subway station.

Speaking of antique things struggling to find their way in a changed world: the Players Club in Gramercy Park is slated to be auctioned off in May, according to Crain’s, if it cannot come up with the more than $300,000 it owes the city and other debtors. Sadder still, the poor president of the club was elected only last month and must now deal with this mess.

Toll Brothers’ Pierhouse condo looks so polished on paper, with gleaming renderings and more than a dozen units sold, that it can be easy to forget that at the moment it’s basically a dirt pit at Brooklyn Bridge Park. But Curbed reports that it’s actually starting to take actual, physical shape now, someday merging the shiny website with a shiny real thing?