Afternoon Bulletin: Robot Baristas, Seaport Condo Tower Nixed and More

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 26: Freshly brewed coffee drips into a cup at Sightglass Coffee on August 26, 2011 in San Francisco, California. Coffee shops across the country are being faced with the decision to raise retail coffee prices as wholesale coffee bean prices are surging. According to the International Coffee Organization, the daily average composite price of coffee beans has gone up nearly every day over the last 12 days. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Forget your friendly neighborhood barista, a robot is now making the pour-overs at Café Grumpy in Chelsea (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images).

The problem of serving tricky pour-overs in busy New York coffee shops has been solved for one set of baristas. The painstakingly prepared drink order that results in lengthy wait times can now be made by a robot, thanks to Stephan von Muehlen, CEO of Poursteady. Factors such as water temperature, water volume, timing and drizzle pattern are controllable by way of an app for the device for the robot, which is now operating out of Chelsea’s Café Grumpy. Initially supposed to just test-drive the Poursteady in July, Café Grumpy purchased it a month later after being so impressed by it. (Grub Street)

According to real estate site StreetEasy, the place to live in 2016 is … Jamaica, Queens. Specifically, data released claims that Jamaica will have the largest increase in demand from both renters and buyers. Borough President Melina Katz expressed confidence in Queens as a whole yesterday, saying, “It is of no surprise that Queens’ neighborhoods will lead among the City’s hottest markets.” (Gothamist)

Wilfred Martinez, a 47-year-old security guard, was arrested on Monday for selling diamonds that he found in the trash. When J. Birnbach Inc., a jewelry store in Midtown, moved to another floor in the building, located on Fifth Avenue and 47th Street, boxes of almost five million dollars worth of diamonds were mistakenly thrown away by workers assisting their boss with the move. Mr. Martinez found the stones and sold some of his findings to another jeweler housed in the same building. He was arrested after the police watched a surveillance video and found that he grabbed the boxes. According to law enforcement sources, authorities are still in the process of finding some of the missing stones. (New York Post)

The plan to turn the remains of a Fulton Fish Market warehouse into a 494-foot high condo tower has been nixed according to the developer. Christopher Curry, executive vice president of development at Howard Hughes Corporation, said, “There will be no residential tower on that site,” announcing the end of the controversial project at a Community Board 1 meeting on Tuesday night. Mr. Curry also shared that the developer of the building is now planning on instead putting a commercial building at the site, adding that the new building will not be tall. (DNAinfo)

The judge in the Etan Patz murder trial announced Tuesday that jurors participating in the retrial of Pedro Hernandez will not be allowed to walk around SoHo. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Maxwell Wiley said that allowing them to do so could expose them to something that might tamper with the case. Mr. Hernandez confessed to murdering Patz, who disappeared at 6 years old on his way to school in the neighborhood in 1979. Mr. Wiley said that regardless of how much control the NYPD has, there is a risk that if jurors visit the area they will be prejudiced. “I don’t know that the NYPD has control over everything out there,” Mr. Wiley said. (amNew York)

Afternoon Bulletin: Robot Baristas, Seaport Condo Tower Nixed and More