Harlem’s most ubiquitous activist and resident Cassandra, Sikhulu Shange, has been warning against the perils of gentrification and the displacement of small businesses in the community for decades. He became living proof of his most dire prophesies this summer when he was forced to close his iconic music store on 125th Street, the Record Shack, Read More
By Lysandra Ohrstrom 9/12 4:02pm
Midway through Senator John McCain’s interview at Columbia University Thursday night, the anticipation and energy that had coursed through the Morningside Heights campus, and into Harlem, all day started to dissipate.
Few of the thousands of students crowded on the steps of the Low Memorial Library even feigned interest in the Republican nominee broadcast on Read More
By Lysandra Ohrstrom 9/09/08 2:56am
It’s been over three years since the city passed a contextual rezoning of Bay Ridge to limit "out-of-character development" in the low-rise neighborhood, but tensions between nostalgic residents and developers who continue to squeeze three- and four-story apartment buildings into plots once occupied by single-family homes show no signs of abating.
The "Green Read More
By Lysandra Ohrstrom 9/01/08 7:42pm
Before the Italian-American exodus from Bensonhurst, only Italian food vendors participated in the annual 10-day Feast of Santa Rosalia–Brooklyn’s version of Little Italy’s San Gennaro Festival–in honor of the patron saint of Palermo, Sicily. But lately "The Feast," as it is dubbed by locals, has become less a nod to what was once Bensonhurst’s most Read More
By Lysandra Ohrstrom 8/12 4:06pm
Mary Britton, a striking 23-year-old recent graduate of the School of Visual Arts with pale skin, naturally blond hair, and a personal style that is one-part hipster, two-parts 1950’s screen siren, embraced high-waisted pants early on, before they became a ubiquitous sight on the city streets. Most of her wardrobe staples button above the belly Read More
By Lysandra Ohrstrom 8/11/08 7:05pm
Not since Zack Morris has a name been so often associated with the word preppy than Dorrian’s Red Hand, an unabashedly anti-hip bar on 84th Street and Second Avenue.
Dorrian’s became notorious during the investigation that led to the conviction of so-called "preppy killer" Robert Chambers, a Dorrian’s patron, in 1988. But, Read More
By Lysandra Ohrstrom 8/08/08 8:19pm
Even Disney is getting priced out! Walt Disney Inc. announced that they will not renew the lease on their Fifth Avenue store–their only branch in Manhattan–in 2010 because of a rent hike. [Crain's]
The most populist of New York City dailies takes a stroll around the city with "former socialite"-cum-City Planning Commissioner Amanda Read More
By Lysandra Ohrstrom 8/08/08 7:28pm
And then there was one.
What’s a cash-flush corporate titan to do now? Penthouse 42, the second-to-last penthouse currently for sale at 15 Central Park West, has sold for $26.625 million, city records show, to a buyer listed as Martima Holdings LLC. As was the case with the last three penthouse sales we’ve reported on, Read More
By Lysandra Ohrstrom 8/08/08 4:22pm
I just signed a lease for a one-bedroom apartment in Chelsea and my relief at having finally found an acceptable living space on Tuesday after I had all but given up has been somewhat tempered by the sheer absurdity of the whole rental experience.
I assembled my financial information on Wednesday morning and my application Read More
By Lysandra Ohrstrom 8/08/08 12:29pm
Real estate executives, anticipating a Democratic takeover of the New York State Senate, are hoping to fend off efforts by tenant groups to revamp rent regulations. [NY Times]
Almost as many families were living in city shelters in March as five years ago, when Mayor Bloomberg unveiled his proposal to reduce the Read More