Unsurprisingly, developers are not keen on Manhattan borough president Gale Brewer’s proposal to force landmarks review every time a building over 50 years applies for a demolition permit. But Crain’s reports that construction unions and affordable housing advocates are also unhappy about the proposal, fearing that it will slow the pace of construction around the city, given that it would apply to nearly 80% of the city’s structures and 91% of those in Manhattan.
Meanwhile, there is confirmation that Pearl Paint is indeed planning to vacate its longtime home at 308 Canal Street—it laid off 39 of its workers with just ten days notice, according to DNAinfo, a union violation. Also closing is ‘sNice, the East Village vegan cafe beloved for its baked goods and sandwiches.
And in Bed-Stuy, a bar/Mexican eatery/taco truck to replace Dub-Stuy records on Franklin Avenue, DNAinfo reports. Because what Brooklyn desperately needs is another bar + taco truck. The electronic dance music label is looking for another, cheaper, home.
Google is looking to expand yet again, adding more than 3,000 employees to New York, according to The Wall Street Journal. But it will need to go far beyond Chelsea Market this time around: the tech giant is looking for 600,000 square feet, about half the size of the Chrysler Building.
But while the city will no doubt see many changes when it comes to Silicon Alley, perhaps we can keep a historic holdover—our carriage horses. The New York Times editorial board has weighed in on the issue, urging de Blasio not to ban the beasts. Just, perhaps, to move them to Central Park and allow them to socialize with one another when they’re not working. Which sounds like an excellent idea as opposed to adding antique cars to the (relative) quietude of the park.
In Brighton Beach, a battle is brewing between the haves and the have-nots over where the parks department should locate raised toilets, according to The Wall Street Journal. Residents of the upscale Oceana complex say that the comfort station will ruin their views—”There won’t be any sun in the apartments that face the…toilet”—while the alternative location about 20 yards away would place it in front of a local Y, whose director claims it would increase children’s chances of coming into contact with “unsavory elements.” At least one resident seems to put the issue in proper perspective however, pointing out that ti’s a toilet, not a nuclear reactor.
Yet another non-profit is selling off its headquarters, The Wall Street Journal reports: the Church Missions House at 281 Park Avenue South has just been listed, asking $50 million. The move follows fast on the heels of the nearby United Charities Building listing.