On the Market: Times Square Flophouse Will Soon Be Sold and New Yorkers Want Cronuts Regardless of Rodent Infestations

Kim Velsey

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Brooklyn Navy Yard chief David Ehrenberg will remain in his post, Crain’s reports, overseeing what is expected to be major growth in the next few years, bringing the Navy Yard to 5.5 million square feet of space. When it comes to economic development, Mayor de Blasio is choosing to keep many of Bloomberg’s former picks.

Prospect Lefferts Gardens residents are not very happy about all the growth that’s slated to happen in their neighborhood, Brownstoner reports, especially since it’s one of the few Prospect Park-adjacent brownstone neighborhoods not to have had a contextual rezoning. Residents are calling for an emergency moratorium on anything over 9-stories. Good luck with that.

Former Williamsburg hotspot Dumont looks unlikely to ever re-open following Colin Devlin’s suicide earlier this year. Though his widow had said that she intended to re-open, now the landlord of 432 Union Avenue has served the restaurant with a notice of eviction for non-payment of rent, according to Bowery+Bedford.

Also disappearing? The Hotel Carter, one of the last vestiges of the dingy flophouses that once crowded Times Square, The Wall Street Journal reports. The building itself, in a prime Times Square location, will remain after a bidder is selected from offers, some topping $170 million, made since it went up for sale last year as part of a complicated sale dividing the former owner’s estate. But it will most likely be all unrecognizable from the bug-infested, bargain seeker’s paradise it is today. On the bright side, new ownership could reduce the building’s murder rate.

Change is coming to Southampton as well, where a developer is seeking to build a 5,531-square-foot home in the historic district, reports The Wall Street Journal, making neighbors apoplectic. Though 4 of his 5 immediate neighbors don’t think the house is so bad.

SNL’s Jay Pharoah got written up in the Post for the extravagant shoe closet in his new Hell’s Kitchen apartment. He supposedly had BoConcept build him a closet to hold his 50+ pairs of sneakers. Which seems like a totally reasonable extravagance for a successful comedian.

Apparently New Yorkers do not care about mouse droppings in their cronuts: Gothamist ventured out to report on the many people who lined up to get one of the fad pastries on the first morning the bakery opened after being shut down by the health department for the past three days for having a mouse infestation.

The Upper West Side is bracing for another trend directly related to the consumption of cronuts: spandex girdles with capsules built into them that allegedly release a cellulite-killing compound, DNAinfo reports. “The minute women hear what it is, they say, ‘Give it to me now,'” says the line’s owner. Because what women really want is Spanx with lotion built into it?