The distinctive, church-like front of the Broken Angel house in Clinton Hill has been reduced to rubble, according to DNAinfo, marking what looks to be the last, sad chapter in the story of artist Arthur Wood’s former, beloved home that he lost to foreclosure, then fought to keep through years with legal battles. The larger brick building in back will be converted to condos.
Gail Benjamin, who has been the City Council’s director of land use since 1990, is stepping down, Capital NY reports. Ms. Benjamin has held the position since a city charter change gave the council a pivotal role in the land use process, which is now considered one of its major powers.
Barry Rosenstein, the activist investor who just set a new record for priciest residential purchase in the country when he paid $147 million for a Hamptons estate, is now shopping around for a new place in New York, PageSix reports. Though he currently lives in uber-building 15 CPW, he has reportedly been unhappy with the media attention generated by Michael Gross’ book and wants to move elsewhere.
Who needs OkCupid? A UPS man in Crown Heights has successfully matched one young couple who he knew through his route, DNAinfo reports. However, the fact that the UPS man knew to ask for a shidduch resume, a kind of Orthodox matchmaking profile, indicates that he has highly advanced matchmaking skills.
Fon-don’t! Beloved Hell’s Kitchen fondue spot Kashkaval will close on May 24, Gothamist reports, having been unable to work out the terms of a new lease with their landlord. Eat all the raclette you can now!
Will we see a repeal of the Urstadt Law now that Mayor Bill de Blasio is backing an effort to do away with it, asks Crain’s. Of course, it’s doubtful that the state legislature will readily relinquish its power over rent regulation in New York.
But de Blasio will likely succeed in at least one small way when it comes to righting inequality in the city—the mayor is looking to allocate $80 million to “neighborhood parks” in the budget, according to The New York Times. And the city council is reciprocating by adding $27.5 million to pay for more maintenance workers in every borough.
And after opening despite much local opposition, the just-instituted select bus service on 125th Street is now being attacked by the disabled, according to DNAinfo, who say that the service has not been made sufficiently accessible to them. But isn’t people being disappointed that they have trouble using a service a point in favor, rather than against it? Rather than ripping it out, the DOT just needs to make some tweaks.