Mayor Bill de Blasio may have called for a rent freeze on stabilized units, but when it comes to his own two-unit Park Slope property, he tells CapitalNY that he raises rent “based on cost, and depending on what we have in the way of cost, we adjust accordingly.” Rent for one of the two units, which are not subject to rent stabilization because of the building’s size, has stayed at $1,800 since 2006, while rent for the other unit went from $2,400 in 2009 to $2,750 in 2014. The Mayor may also take in additional rental income from the family house, which he admits he is thinking about renting.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission is jazzed about the redesign of the rooftop addition to the Pastis building, Curbed reports. The first time around everyone hated the design, but this time around BKSK’s renderings elicited cheers of “amazing materials” and “incredible.”
Cross-promotion: Douglas Elliman has started sending its Manhattan and Hamptons listings directly to Zillow, Crain’s reports. Which may be Streeteasy’s first real coup since the Zillow takeover, which seems to have precipitated many less-than-stellar changes at the listings and data site.
Larry Silverstein will seek private funds to build his long-stalled World Trade Center tower, The New York Times reports, after the Port Authority decided that guaranteeing a construction loan for the private development would tie up money that could used for transit. The building of office towers will, at least for the time being, remain one of the Authority’s core missions.
We keep hearing about this Brooklyn tech triangle that is supposedly taking shape. At least two legs seem to be doing quite well: Dumbo, of course, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where the new chairman Henry Gutman has declared middle-class tech jobs to be a priority, according to Crain’s.
Tech, or at least the desire to be considered a tech-hub, is so hot things these days. Even St. George (Staten Island) has a hip, co-working space scheduled to open at the end of the summer, according to DNAinfo. Sure, Staten Island might not be known for tech, but as the founder of the co-working space says,”There’s 500,000 people on this island, you cannot tell me that there aren’t already people who are tech oriented that don’t have ideas or don’t already have a venture in the works.” Fair enough!
Industry City, which is in Brooklyn, is “quickly becoming a destination for all-things Brooklyn,” says DNAinfo. Which, we get that they’re talking about businesses that exemplify “the Brooklyn brand” rather than just being in and of Brooklyn, but just, ugh.