Forget the great outdoors.
The Department of Consumer Affairs has sent notice to 17 New York restaurants, telling them that that they will have to close their sidewalk seating areas unless they are willing to comply with the city’s zoning regulations.
“Please be advised you have 100 business days from and including May 1 Read More
Jay-Z is curating a new concert festival for…Philadelphia. As New Yorkers try to rationalize this inexplicable turn of events—Jay-Z, an investor in the soon-to-be-real Brooklyn Nets, who recently played Carnegie Hall, and who could probably clean sweep the next New York City mayoral election—catering to the needs of the (ahem) sixth borough (as some would have it), Beyonce’s husband recently took the time to speak to Rolling Stone about it.
Buried at the very end interview is Jay-Z, finally bringing a nasty rumor about himself to rest.
Occupy Wall Street
Retired Philadelphia police Captain Ray Lewis, arrested yesterday after joining up with the Occupy Wall Street process, has quickly become one of the more iconic figures from the movement’s two month’s anniversary.
After we noted his arrest and put up several pictures of the event, we were contacted by everyone from The Associated Press to worried parents who thought they could find their son, who had been in the same paddy-wagon as Captain Lewis.
Out of Towners
Update: Mr. Lewis has been arrested, according to multiple reports.
Retired Philadelphia Police Captain Ray Lewis was in Zuccotti Park last night with the Occupy Wall Street protesters. Mr. Lewis showed up in uniform carrying signs a pair of signs imploring New York City cops to join the protests. “NYPD Don’t Be Wall Street Mercenaries,” one read. Mr. Lewis was interviewed on one of the Occupy Wall Street livestreams at about two this morning. He was sharply critical of the NYPD’s conduct during their raid on the protest encampment Tuesday. “This bullrush–what happened last night is totally uncalled for,” Mr. Lewis said.
the lead indicator
The din of construction is rising across New York City. Apart from long-term endeavors that predate the downturn, including the rebuilding of the World Trade Center and Brooklyn’s Atlantic Yards, a spate of new projects has entered the planning and proposal phases in recent quarters, portending an uptick in development over the next several years.
The ongoing legal battle over the Barnes Foundation‘s move from Lower Merion, Pennsylvania, to Philadelphia continued today, with a county court hearing new arguments from a citizens group that has long opposed the relocation of the prized art collection, the Associated Press reports.
The group, Friends of the Barnes Read More
Art history is a lot more fashionable and faddish than most people in the paintings business would like to admit. In 1956, the Museum of Modern Art acquired Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s spectacular 1902 Reclining Nude. In 1973, it went on display at the Art Institute of Chicago, which described it in a catalog as Read More
Brownstoner, the ubiquitous granddaddy of Brooklyn neighborhood blogs, launched a Philly edition earlier this week. It’s run by Gabby Warshawer, a former staffer at The Real Deal, later an editor at Brownstoner, and, for a couple of weeks there back in the day, a guest blogger for The Observer.
Brownstoner Philadelphia launches not a moment Read More
It appears the national housing slump has thoroughly caught up to the city of Rocky and the Word Series Champion Philies. Home sales and prices declined in 2008, according to a comprehensive market report (PDF here) published by Wharton economist Kevin Gillen, and it’s not likely either will rebound soon.
The report includes Read More
DENVER—Michael Nutter, the young, brainy, African-American mayor of Philadelphia, took a chance during the Democratic primary season. He vocally supported Hillary Clinton against Barack Obama, the candidate with whom he shares many qualities—and the overwhelming preference, as it turned out, of his constituents. He explained his decision by citing the Clintons’ track record of delivering Read More