On the Market: Sprinkler Season and Attack of the Tiger Mosquitoes

 

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The New York Times offers up an ode to city’s sprinklers—the cooling playground water jets that many a child has frolicked in and many an adult has envied. Alas, other outdoor entertainments may be limited this summer by Asian tiger mosquitoes. The New York Daily News breaks the bad news with a tabloid perfect “this sucks,” then goes on to detail the invasion of striped pests bite even during the day.

Office space is growing in the hottest Brooklyn neighborhoods, DNAinfo reports, as more and more borough dwellers seek workspaces in close proximity to their homes, hoping to leave the Manhattan commute behind. And, given that the city is currently studying 12 to 15 neighborhoods—most outerborough, we are to assume—for potential rezonings that would allow for higher-density development, according to Crain’s, the demand for office and retail space in the outerboroughs is only likely to increase.

Speaking of rezonings: the Midtown East proposal is likely to severely limit the construction of new hotels in the five-block area targeted for taller towers, according to The Wall Street Journal. The victory for hotel unions, which would require a special permit from the City Planning Commission and City Council, may be largely a symbolic one given the limited potential for such development in the rezoning area, but is important nonetheless as the lack of concession helped to derail the last rezoning proposal.

Meanwhile, for those seeking a place to stay, this super-cluttered Williamsburg loft, spotted by Curbed, is available on Airbnb. For $400 a night space-glutted suburbanites can enjoy the experience of bumping into something every time they turn around.

The domestic migration patterns of college grads and high school dropouts is very different, The Atlantic Cities reports. While major cities once drew strivers of all education levels, the highly educated now head to the biggest, most affluent metro areas like New York, San Francisco and L.A., while the less educated flock to smaller, Southern cities, many of them with strong tourism components and low-paying service sector jobs. And not only are the less-educated not moving to bigger cities, those that already live there are moving out as the cost of living rises.