The New York Times has a lovely story about the diplomatic missions that foreign countries own in co-ops and how many of them are choosing to sell off the elegant spreads they own along Park Avenue. France, most recently, in listing the apartment it has owned at 740 Park since 1949.
Former prosecutor turned crime novelist Linda Fairstein discusses color palettes and patterns past and present in her Upper East Side pad with The New York Times. Now white, it was once covered in chintz: on the windows treatments, couches and chairs. Her late husband’s thoughts on the matter: “He said it was fine. But he commented unfavorably when he saw it in other people’s homes. He’d say ‘that’s a lot of chintz.’ ”
A year and a half after Sandy, NYU Langone finally re-opens its emergency room, The New York Times reports; ambulances had been forbidden from going to the medical center since the hurricane.
Meanwhile, housing prices in the Hamptons remains below its peak 2008 levels, according to Crain’s, and while they are increasingly, it’s at a slow rate.
The City Council’s land use committee voted to approve the Domino plan yesterday, The Wall Street Journal reports, and for some reason there is now a direct city subsidy for the project: tax-exempt financing available to Two Trees to help keep the income requirements low. Right after the session, de Blasio held a closed-door meeting with the committee to discuss the land use process, Capital NY reports, including ways to speed it up.