Looks like the leafy canopy in Central Park will finally receive a much-needed trim, thanks to the City Council’s decision to more than double the budget for tree pruning.
The council added $2 million to the existing $1.45 million budget to be used for snipping the park’s overgrown limbs, The New York Times reports. The additional money was part of $30 million in last-minute funding restored to the Parks Department’s budget after citizens and council members cried out against the proposed cuts.
The buzzing food vendors that pepper Central Park aren’t the only ones battling to shill their overpriced wares to tourists. Bicycle rental companies are warring over the right to wheel and deal by one of the Park entrances, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Jetting to Central Park
A daytime stroll through Central Park yields a variety of strange sights: dog-toting passersby, horse-drawn carriages begging for passengers, vendors of goods far more exotic and varied than pretzels or peanuts.
But upon departing from the shady canopy of trees on a recent afternoon, we saw something flying—or rather, falling—on the southern edge of the Read More
Central Park Conservancy
The Central Park Conservancy has unveiled yet another, even more idyllic setting for wedding parties to stage their photos. The Cherry Hill Concourse has been painstakingly restored to its historic role as an “ideal vantage point for visitors to take in views of the nearby Lake,” according to the Conservancy.
Frederick Law Olmsted’s original plans may be forever marred by ice skating rinks and baseball diamonds, but at least some things can be returned to their original beauty.
Does anybody want to run Tavern on the Green anymore?
Once the most profitable (if also mocked) restaurant on the planet, Tavern on the Green cannot seem to get any love anymore. Not even Donald Trump wants anything to do with it, nor do most of the two dozen restaurateurs who first checked in on the space. According to Crain’s, there are six firms vying for control of the once-hallowed haunt, none of whom are especially distinguished.
New Yorkers who live on Central Park certainly reap the benefits of parkside abodes, especially when it comes to resale values, but they’re less than generous about giving back.
Only 17 percent of parkside denizens have donated to the Central Park Conservancy since 2010, according to a recent story in Crain’s by Michael Gross. And Mr. Gross, chronicler of luxury New York real estate and the author of consummate building biography 740 Park should know. Not only does Mr. Gross seem to have his eye on every move that uptown dwellers make, but he’s also a parkside resident himself.
Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous
Ever wonder what a Central Park view—that most coveted of coveted features, that most desirable of desirable details—actually translates to in terms of cold, hard cash?
Quite a lot, in fact. Apartments with Central Park views fetch more than twice as much as surrounding apartments, The Wall Street Journal reports. And if you just look at co-ops it’s three times as much!
Forget the waterfront. All New Yorkers care about is tree line, tree line, tree line.
What's Old Is New Again
It’s not like Melanie Malkin ever pictured herself living on the Upper East Side, a neighborhood that has, over the past 50 years, all but disappeared from the dreams of the young and the hip.
“I mean, when I first moved up here, I didn’t want to move up here. Never, never, never,” Ms. Malkin said, who grudgingly took a cheap sublet in the neighborhood seven years ago when she was 23 years old and working for MoMA. “Nobody wants to move here. When I tell people I live here, they’re, like, eww.”
But loath as Ms. Malkin was to leave her first apartment on 29th Street, she wasn’t making a lot of money working in the museum world and she found a rent-stabilized one-bedroom on 87th Street between Lexington and Third Avenue that cost $775 a month (it’s now $938 a month). In the early days, she kept telling herself that it was convenient and cheap, but then something unexpected happened.
She started to love the Upper East Side.
The two apartments spanning the eighth floor of 907 Fifth Avenue will retain their lost-in-time, Butterfield 8 style for a little while longer. A bid on reclusive copper heiress Huguette Clark’s neighboring co-ops was rejected by the board.
A single buyer had planned to combine 8W and 8E, creating a massive full-floor apartment that would have been one of largest floor-through homes on the park, a source familiar with the deal said, but the co-op board nixed the plan to combine the units.
New York’s streets offer one straight line after another, but in Central Park such direct thoroughfares are vigorously frowned upon. After, all the park is meant to be a leafy oasis from the hustle and bustle of city streets, the consummate garden, which through careful use of design and artifice manages to look more natural than nature itself.
But the park does have two perfectly straight lines, and they have caused the Central Park Conservancy no small amount of worry over the years. In fact, the park’s original designers even feared that the half-mile stretch of East River drive between 85th and 96th Streets might become a favorite spot for horse carriage racing. Egads!
“On the east of the new reservoir, the park is diminished to a mere passage-way for connection, and it will be difficult to obtain an agreeable effect in this part of the design,” Frederick Law Olmsted despaired in 1858.