It’s not the kind of place you would imagine a five-time Tony Award winning actress and singer bunking down, but we suppose that stars of the stage and screen sometimes grow tired of all the glitz and glamor that comes with the lifestyle. At least, we’re not sure why else Audra McDonald would have bought a semi-attached two-family home in Inwood.
The feted performer has inked her name on the deed of a modest, 2,000-square-foot brick house fronted by what appears to be a vinyl-clad porch in the upper Manhattan neighborhood.
Affordable Housing or Lack Thereof
Dimitry Sheinman is an author, painter, self-proclaimed clairvoyant and, most importantly, a suspect in the brutal 2004 killing of Juilliard student Sarah Fox.
In June, after several years in Africa, Mr. Sheinman returned to New York to deliver police information that he claimed he obtained through psychic visions—and to shop around a book about his experience with this still-unsolved Read More
THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Last Friday morning, Felix Guzman woke up early, grabbed his fishing pole, and headed over to the East River for some catch and release fun. For 40 years he has lived in the same building on Academy Street in Inwood and in that time he has “seen a lot.” So when he got back to his apartment around 11 am and saw that his street was teaming with newscasters, elected officials, cameramen, and local community members, he wasn’t surprised. They’d been there before. “It’s always been tough here,” Mr. Guzman said. “I’m glad they’re doing something about it.”
The building in question was 552 Academy Street, a crumbling 72-unit brick building located across the street from Mr. Guzman’s apartment. A year ago he had stood outside and watched as dozens of tenants dragged their belongings onto the sidewalk, confused and frightened and wondering where they would relocate to next.
The building, the city told them, was unsafe, which was why they had to vacate the premises. Although Mr. Guzman had never been inside, he heard rumors that at times the units lacked gas, running water, and electricity. “This is what happens when you get these slumlords and all they care about is the money,” Mr. Guzman said, referring to the building’s landlord, Rachel Arfa, whom the City blames for the hazardous conditions.
The folks in upper Manhattan have been voicing their concerns lately: residents of West Harlem can’t stand dog doodoo and residents of Washington Heights and Inwood are protesting the lack of affordable housing options. A group of residents and community gathered over the weekend to speak out against Department of Housing and Preservation neglect, DNAInfo reports.
The residents called for more affordable housing in the neighborhoods, citing that only 139 of the 43,922 new units and 1,363 of the 85,299 preserved units under Bloomberg’s administration have been in either Washington Heights or Inwood.
The Wee Hours
In this week’s paper, The Observer looked at the possibility for prefab in New York City, assuming it takes off at Atlantic Yards. Among the claims against we heard was that even if there is a construction revolution, it will never come to Manhattan, given the tight quarters. Granted Inwood is a bit more spacious than the Financial District, but we are still wrong on that count, as Curbed reports that a long-planned prefab project at 4857 Broadway is back on.
“It’s time to play some rebel music!” said the bar owner Barbara Cronin.
Not everybody had shown up yet. It was still early. The Catholic schools were open despite the holiday. They were making up for the snow days. Ms. Cronin was at her office nook at the end of the bar, cheek-jockeying Read More
Inwood has rugged parks, misty river views and spacious one-bedroom apartments under $350,000. It’s a Manhattan real estate fairytale still waiting for a happy ending.
People ask, “Has Inwood arrived yet?” said Lisa Castro, a broker, who moved to the neighborhood in 1993. “No, it hasn’t.”
Unfortunately the recession arrived before Inwood could. Now few Read More