Afternoon Bulletin: Lena Dunham Movin’ to the Hills, Citywide Rent Problems and More

Lena Dunham from Girls.

Lena Dunham from Girls.

Lena Dunham has finished her run in Brooklyn and is moving on to L.A. And while the creator of Girls might be headed out West for legitimate reasons like a new business venture and production company with Jenni Konner, it’s equally likely she is just plain fed up with this East Coast weather and wants some sunshine (like the rest of us). Either way, Ms. Dunham will be enjoying her new West Coast digs, having recently dropped $2.7 million on a 2,500 square foot pad just off of the Sunset Strip. (Brokelyn)

Speaking of the weather, don’t put that winter coat away just yet. More snow is expected this afternoon, and the first flakes already started around 3 p.m. In what has become an endless winter saga, forecasters are predicting the city may see another 3 inches of snow this evening, with snow delightfully turning to freezing rain and sleet by 10 p.m. If that’s not bad enough, 2-4 inches of snow is promised by noon on Thursday following a brief reprieve on Wednesday. It will come as no surprise that snowfall in the city this year has exceeded the national average of 21.7 inches, with 33.2 inches falling on Central Park in total. (DNA Info)

If you didn’t believe the city had a housing crisis before, here is some sobering new evidence to upset your wallet. According to a new study released by StreetEasy, New Yorkers now spend more than half of their income on rent, double the federal guidelines. In Manhattan, the median monthly city rent recently hit $2,700, costing residents approximately 58 percent of their median income. However, Manhattan isn’t the boro with the biggest woes. Rent is steepest in Brooklyn, where the median rent costs approximately 60 percent of a person’s income. (New York Post)

The NYPD is on the look out for a thief with an impeccably manicured hand after a bandit struck a Williamsburg Nail Salon and made off with 400 bottles of nail polish. The culprit left Nails and Spa 4U on 220 Leonard St. plundered and unable to serve its customers after they broke in through a rear window sometime between February 22 and 23. Early estimates put the total value of the nail polish stolen from the store at around $1,300 (DNA Info).

Over the course of several weeks, filmmaker Jeff Seal roamed the city along with a band of intrepid urban adventurers for his newest installment on the urban explorer movement. Now, the thrill-seekers are using photo-sharing social media sites like Instagram to document their risk taking exploits. Mr. Seal’s video, “How Instagram Fuels the Urban Explorer,” was uploaded to YouTube today and features interviews with various urban adventurers of New York City. One of the daredevils is an Instagrammer known as Demidism, who recently took thrill-seeking to new heights by climbing to the top of 432 Park Avenue, the tallest residential skyscraper in the country. (Gothamist)

Afternoon Bulletin: Lena Dunham Movin’ to the Hills, Citywide Rent Problems and More