On the Market: Citywide Median Homeprice Hits $560K; Meet a Historic House Disruptor

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Jeffrey Zeldman/flickr.

Citywide, the median homeprice during the third quarter was $560,000, according to Crain’s, a reminder, they note, that “for the average New Yorker, real estate transactions are not about eye-popping prices for luxury apartments.” Not that half-a-million dollars isn’t beyond the reach of a majority of New Yorkers.

It’s a good thing that the president didn’t stay in the Waldorf Astoria during his most recent visit, though it has nothing to do with espionage—one of the hotel’s banquet kitchens has been shut down by the health department because of a fly infestation, according to DNAInfo. Food was also stored at unsafe temperatures and exposed to potential contamination.

Is an outstretched arm with an extended finger sculpture that is to be installed in Brooklyn Bridge Park by the base of the bridge a boast or an f-you? DNAInfo reports that the artist, Hank Wilis Thomas, wants it to be left to your interpretation.

Crain’s endorses Danny Meyer’s no-tipping plan, which will raise prices by 20 to 25 percent at several of his restaurant to match what they’re making now and also reward back-of-the-house workers like dishwashers, who never normally have an upside to busy, hectic nights. “For some diners, tipping is more of a burden than a privilege. Meyer’s gratuity-free restaurants—which, alas, will not include Shake Shack—also won’t have to worry about foreign visitors who don’t realize tipping is customary here.”

Applications for affordable housing at the Durst Pyramid in Midtown West are due Oct. 29, DNAInfo reports—the development will include 142 apartments reserved for those making household incomes between $19,622 and $50,100 a year.

We all personalize our homes to some degree, but early Google employee Wesley Chan personalized his San Francisco home such that he was never more than 12 steps away from a USB outlet, a charging station or a beverage, The Wall Street Journal reports. And of course, all home systems are synched to be controlled via smartphone.

Finally, one historic house lover is doing his best to upend the moribund traditions that make many museums a snooze, Curbed reports.

On the Market: Citywide Median Homeprice Hits $560K; Meet a Historic House Disruptor