The Plaza is undergoing another tectonic shift in ownership. Read More
The fraught penthouse which crowns the Plaza Hotel may soon have a new resident, having found a buyer after years of ups and downs befitting a children’s novel. In 2008, Russian oligarch Andrei Vavilov agreed to buy the triplex for $39 million and another duplex, but the deal fell through supposedly because his actress wife wanted a still larger abode. Mr. Vavilov then sued the Plaza for fraud, claiming the developers had altered the dimensions of the property on floor plans. Naturally, the Plaza countered with a defamation suit.
When the dust settled, Mr. Vavilov agreed to buy the smaller duplex, but not the triplex, which was put back on the market last April with a $37.5 million asking price. The most recent asking price was $33 million, but it remains to be seen what the buyer ultimately paid. Read More
It is a 50 minute ride on the 3-Train from Times Square to the end of the line in New Lots, Brooklyn.
The blaring lights, the towering canyons, the masses of tourists, all disappear as the subway leaves Manhattan far behind, rising above ground after Utica Avenue in Crown Heights. The steel and glass skyscrapers have been replaced by rowhouses of siding and stone and the occasional redbrick cluster of public housing.
Yet stepping off the stairs at the elevated station in East New York, Times Square and New Lots are not that different. The crowds are still there, darting across the busy streets to board buses and cabs that carry them beyond the reach of the subway tracks. Shops—Piggy’s, York Chan Chinese, Kicks & More, numerous bodegas—line the triangle formed by Livonia and New Lots avenues. It is a hive of activity in the heart of the neighborhood.
And starting a few weeks ago, just as in Times Square, travelers and locals have been greeted by a generous pedestrian plaza hugging the middle of that triangle.
“We wanted to create a space that was safe, we wanted to create a space that was inviting, we wanted to create a space for the neighborhood,” Eddie Di Benedetto, head of the local merchants association and a champion of the project, said on Friday, during a tour of the space. Read More
Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards spent Sunday night seeing Mary Poppins on Broadway, according to the Daily News. On Monday night, they were in different rooms at the Plaza, where he escorted a friend, flew into a rage upon discovering his phone and wallet missing, and then proceeded to lock his friend in Read More