On the Market: Painted Birds, Naked Birds and Window Washers Trapped With the Birds

More birds! (Serena, flickr)

More birds! (Serena, flickr)

The Audubon Society is collaborating with artists in Upper Manhattan artists to bring 314 avian murals to the neighborhood where the naturalist lived out his final years, The New York Times reports. And while the birds spray painted on roll down gates and empty walls may not bear much resemblance to the artist’s elegant illustrations, they have a noble purpose: raising awareness of birds endangered by climate change. “They’re so beautiful, and you know how you can tell?” one uptown resident asked the paper. “Because no one’s graffitied over them.”

Meanwhile, views of the naked elite may be limited to the birds—for now—but fully-exposed bathrooms are the thing in luxury developments, The Times reports: “Now what most people wanted in their living rooms, they want in their bathrooms. They’ll say, ‘What? No View?’” We’re all Kardashians now.

Among the bathrooms with a view: Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady’s pied-a-terre at One Madsion, now renting for $40,000 a month, Curbed reports. Furniture is another $2,500 a month. Or, for the more traditionally minded, the Brooklyn gingerbread house is now renting for $26,000 a month. Too bad it’s in Bay Ridge. Then again, Bay Ridge may be far from prime Brooklyn, but it is in Brooklyn…And Brooklyn has surpassed Paris as the most desired modifier of cities internationally, claims an Associated Press article in the New York Daily News. As in the “Paris of ______” has become the “Brooklyn of the _____.” In fact, now even Paris has a so-called Brooklyn.

Why can’t you get a taxi in the rain? Because cab drivers hate the rain as much as you do! Or so says the author of a study summarized in New York Magazine. Sure, some of it’s increased demand, with occupancy rates climbing 4.8 percent in the rain, but the supply of taxis actually falls 7.1 percent. Meanwhile, previous theories on an insufficient response to increased demand or a flurry of business allowing cabbies to knock off early fail to explain the dearth fully.

As for why you can’t seem to win a bidding war, Brick Underground suggests that it might be because of whisper prices. Though it’s strictly verboten, it’s not unheard of for a seller’s broker to tell a direct buyer—one without a broker—what they need to win a war so that the broker can keep the entire commission.

Speaking of keeping: a group of Upper West Side residents is keen on keeping the less fortunate out of the neighborhood. While the Department of Homeless Services has reduced the number of homeless families housed at a shelter in the West 90s, neighborhood locals say that they’re dubious the drop in population will lead to a lower crime rate, according to DNAInfo. Alas, it’s not because they’re progressive enough not to equate poverty with criminal activity. Rather, some homeless housing remains.

Looking for a “drowsy lost in time atmosphere”? You might try Vinegar Hill, recommends The Times, in one of the most alluring sounding “living in columns” we’ve read in a while. Restaurants “wink with candlelight” in this “rough-edged but charmingly idiosyncratic” neighborhood where townhouses can still be had for under $4 million!

While if you’re looking for a gym, you might do well to try Gowanus, which has been enjoying a fitness boomlet of late, Crain’s reports, with a new Crossfit gym and fencing facilities joining Brooklyn boulders. A broker points to proximity to many residential neighborhoods filled with fit young things. Or is it the Whole Foods effect?

And, finally, if you’re looking to spend more $70 million on a townhouse, 4 E. 81st, which is home to the eatery Crown and whose owners are considering listing it, The Daily News reports, may be just the place.

Who doesn’t like a good rescue? The two window washers stuck outside the 69th floor of the World Trade Center this afternoon were rescued without injury, The Wall Street Journal reports. “The workers were calm,” a fire lieutenant of the crew that rescued the men told The Times. “They knew they were in a bad spot. They knew we were going to help them. They understood what was going on, and they were not panicked.”