On the Market: The Rose Reading Room’s Ceiling Woes; New Yorkers Love Composting

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A foot-wide piece of plaster fell from the ceiling of the Rose Reading room in the New York Public Library, The Wall Street Journal reports. The room was last restored in 1998; it will be closed for about two weeks as workers inspect the structure.

New Yorkers are, after some initial reluctance, embracing composting in neighborhoods where the city has started its pilot program, The New York Times reports. “It’s, like, a quest now to see how little he can put in the trash,” said one new composter. Of course, this being New York, there are still plenty of NIMBYs who despise change, especially new high-rise developments, like the one planned for Prospect Lefferts Gardens. Curbed reports that neighborhood activists have won at least a minor battle in getting a judge to issue a temporary restraining order against a 23-story residential tower on Flatbush Avenue.

A Gothamist reader wants to know if it’s crazy to try to bring a baby home to a Greenpoint railroad flat. And whether or not he and his wife, who earn about $50,000 a year combined, can really afford to be in this city with a money-sucking baby. Gothamist says yes! The Times, however, disagrees.

While we’re on the subject of getting priced out, the New York Post reports that independent stores in Williamsburg are struggling to stay as landlords raise rents and hope to net national retailers.

Brookfield Place is so excited about its new upscale food court that it threw a fancy party with a DJ last week to celebrate, according to The Wall Street Journal. Of course, an upscale food court in the Financial District doesn’t really need to go out of its way to attract the lunch crowd.

The National Park Service will launch a study into landmarking sites significant to gay and lesbian history, The Wall Street Journal reports. At the moment, the only such landmark is Stonewall; however, as the Observer has previously reported, landmarking sites significant to the gay rights struggle is somewhat complicated by the relative recentness of events.

Yeshiva University has sold a portfolio of uptown buildings for $72.5 million to uptown developer Ruby Schron, according to The Real Deal. In combination with Montefiore’s plan to take over at Albert Einstein, which was a major expense for the university, Yeshiva is making impressive progress on stabilizing its financial state, which was shaken after the school lost some $100 million in the Madoff collapse.

An Upper East Side woman paid $2,000 to bury the homeless man who slept in the vestibule of the building where she worked, according to DNAinfo. The man, Richard Coleman, was well-known in the neighborhood, but after he died was slated to be buried at Hart Island, the city potter’s field.