Good news for moderately wealthy New Yorkers: death isn’t as expensive as it once was. As part of the budget agreements reached this weekend, the ceiling at which estate taxes kick in has surpassed just over $2 million, according to Crain’s.
The brokers for the Greenwich Village condo conversion at 215 Sullivan Street are humble bragging to The Real Deal that by the time the model unit is finished there won’t be any condos left to sell. Boo hoo!
The new Tavern on the Green is slated to fully open in May, Crain’s reports. Which is not April! (As had been promised.) But the Central Park restaurant says that there will be a preview dinner menu this month. And also? Utilities hook-ups were delayed by the Harlem explosion. (Naturally! Has anyone else had that problem, we wonder?)
And while we’re talking about fine dining and drinking establishments, hipsters (or hipster wannabees) should know that the Williamsburg Urban Outfitters will start serving booze this Friday, according to Free Williamsburg. As if you didn’t regret everything you ever bought from Urban Outfitters already!
In Harlem, the Manhattan Country Day school finally realizes it’s not in the country and can sell its townhouse for a lot of money. The Wall Street Journal reports that the school is trying for $23 million.
If you give Silverstein a slice of the pie, he will want to eat the whole damned thing, The New York Times reports. Unsatisfied even after getting scads of federal funding for his other, largely unoccupied World Trade Center towers, the real estate mogul is trying to get the government to pay for his future project.
Hey, look! Someone else broke into the Coignet building and took some pictures, which Gothamist published. Still elegant, still a dump. And, if you’re in the mood to look at charming dumps, these photographers highlighted in Atlantic Cities have documented the independent storefronts of New York over the years. Spoiler alert: in the after pictures, there really aren’t any more independent storefronts.
Permits have been filed at 347 Broadway, NY Yimby reports, and the architect of record is Annabelle Selldorf. Her design will no doubt be a vast improvement over the bizarre Gene Kaufman design for the site, which involved a large rectangle resembling a marshmallow with strange protrusions sticking out of it.
In related news: the hotel union is pushing for stricter oversight of new projects, The Wall Street Journal reports, a move that would increase its power but pits labor against development in a hard-to-navigate play for de Blasio. Want an even wilder experience having to do with lodgings? Try staying overnight at “executioner’s rocks,” a lighthouse on an island off New York state that Curbed reports is satisfyingly creepy. Though as they note, for $150 a night, running water and a real toilet would be nice.
For reasons that escape us, Gothamist decided to parse Post reader comments on Citibike. What do Post readers think? That real New Yorkers should get a car. And come to terms with what is something between an “unmitigated disaster and total failure.” We like to think between those lines. Thanks New York Post!