On the Market: Mamoun’s Raises Falafel Prices and the Horseless Carriage Debuts

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Who do you go to when you need to find a place to park your MRI machine? The Real Deal profiles Corcoran broker Paul Wexler, who helps medical tenants find spaces that meet their sometimes-very-specific needs.

A classic neighborhood battle is brewing Inwood, where dog walkers are letting their dogs use new tree pits as bathrooms, according to DNAInfo. Locals are ignoring the fences that students and volunteers built to protect the fledgling trees surrounding a middle school and some are even going so far as to lift their dogs over the fences, the school claims.

Why are the beautifully-renovated horse stables in Central Park being used for storage, asks the New York Daily News, in its continued campaign against de Blasio’s horse carriage ban. Yesterday also marked the debut of the historic replica electric car that carriage horse opponents want to replace the animals. The New York Times reports that the cars would cost an astounding $150,000 to $175,000 a piece and top out at 30 miles per hour.

If you think micro-units are small, maybe you should talk to the woman who lives in an 84-square-foot house. Profiled by The New York Times, Dee Williams discusses how she got tired of wasting her time with home maintenance. Now she has only 305 possessions. Yes, she counts.

Maybe it really is time to abandon New York to all the I-bankers and absentee billionaires? Gothamist reports that Mamoun’s has raised the price of its falafel sandwich to $3.50. The prices of all the other vegetarian menu items are also up, a blow to falafel-loving penny-pinching journalists everywhere.

Also sad: the police have evicted the homeless man living in the Manhattan bridge, according to Gothamist. The man had built a tiny sleeping bunk inside the bridge after the other spaces he routinely built were removed by police.

But! Here’s a rare bright spot: An East Harlem school has been renovated as 90 units of affordable housing for qualified housing, reports The Wall Street Journal. Sure, it will probably turn into a NORC like all the others, but at least it will mean a small corner of the city has been reclaimed for artistic purposes.

Another bright spot: The MTA and transit workers have reached a tentative contract agreement that would raise wages with retroactively (negotiations over a contract have gone on for two years), but make workers contribute a greater share of their income toward health care costs, according to Crains.