On the Market: Streetcar ‘Desire Lines’ Wouldn’t Connect to Most Brooklynites

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Staten Island is hoping that the influx of tourists who will now be getting off the boat to check out the Ferris wheel and outlet stores can be induced to stay and explore Snug Harbor, according to Crain’s. However, despite some persuasive-sounding attractions, we’re dubious that visitors will be willing to hop the “somewhat erratic” S40 bus to get to their destination.

Speaking of public transit, Next City doesn’t think that Michael Kimmelman’s plan to follow the “desire lines” of the Brooklyn and Queens waterfront with a “romantic” streetcar is such a hot idea: “The waterfront streetcar line is the transit equivalent of the starchitecture that Kimmelman was supposed to deemphasize, and the luxury development that Glen is trying to move the city away from.”

In Bushwick, which would not benefit from said romantic streetcar at all, Brownstoner reports that the owner of a 2.3-acre parcel is hoping to get more than $29 million for it. It may be zoned for manufacturing, but the broker is touting the site as a “redevelopment opportunity” near Roberta’s and the McKibben lofts.

In yet another embarrassment for Forest City Ratner, the Atlantic Yards developer admits that it will abandon plans to build the next residential towers using modular construction, which they admit has been both slower and more expensive than a conventional tower, The New York Times reports. And Greenland, apparently, was unconvinced that the next towers would be any faster or cheaper. “While we work to prove out modular on B2, we will launch three new buildings using conventional construction,” MaryAnne Gilmartin admitted.

Sales of Shigeru Ban’s Cast Iron House in Tribeca launched today, Curbed reports, with the pleased-as-punch developers now touting the Pritzker Prize-winning architect’s handiwork, a conversion and addition to a historic building.

Losing LICH bidder Trindade Value Partners claims that Brooklyn Health Partners’ winning bid has vastly underestimated the cost of construction, Crain’s reports. The health-care provider alleges that rather than $300 million, the plan will cost $1 billion.

At least one reasons why New York is still great: DNAinfo reports that an artist has created a giant transportable painting of super-buff Ronald Regan in a tight white t-shirt reading: “dear god, let me go back for just a day.” The artist, who is planning to mount his collage/painting in Staten Island for a few weeks before giving some other lucky wall in the city a chance, reasonably explains that it’s a commentary on the whole Ukrainian situation because “Putin and Kim Jong-un would be wearing diapers if Reagan were here for just a day.”