It’s not terribly hard to get an audience to clap along to a song, especially when its singers are lined up across the front of a stage, bringing their own hands together. The challenge is having the audience stop—all at once, at the right moment, no petering out or stragglers. As the second act Read More
Guitars swelled during an early preview of the new revival of Rent, and the delighted crowd squealed. Across the orchestra section, fans accustomed to using the play’s soundtrack as karaoke fodder fought the urge to sing along. Many failed. The excitement was understandable. After three torturous Rent-free years, the city is once again graced by Read More
Artists and nostalgists need not fear–the Chelsea will remain a hotel.
Joseph Chetrit is the mysterious buyer taking over the famous flophouse, The Journal reports today, beating out more talked about suitors like Andre Balazs, Ian Schrager and David Edelstein. It appears he has no intention of creating condos, unlike Read More
First they came for the bars, then they came for the parks. Now it could even become harder for New Yorkers to smoke in their apartments.
Residents have long had to worry about their neighbors smoking, and landlords were often held to account, but never before had a case been brought in court Read More
Earlier this week, The Observer noted an apparent lack of new condo development in the city, which could put a strangle-hold on supply and cause housing prices to shoot up. It seems unlikely, due to greater market forces–shadow inventory, foreclosure problems, stalled construction–but one place that could indeed see an impact is the rental Read More
It seems the rule at Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village is that nobody wins, at least not for long.
Ever since Tishman Speyer bought the complex four years ago for the phenomenal price of $5.4 billion, there has been one fight after another: from the deregulation of apartments to the over-planting of the lawns, Read More
The NYPD couldn’t stop ‘em, but the landlord did.
Back in February, artist Brian Reed posed a nude model in the storefront window of West Village gallery The Chair and Maiden. She wore nothing but a chintzy-looking sculpture around her head and shoulders–asking $30,000 no less, model not included. It was an artistic Read More
The least of Park51 developer Sharif El-Gamal’s concerns is a lawsuit with the landlord of his former office over $39,000 in supposed unpaid rent, especially now that a New York City Housing Court judge has thrown the case out, according to The Real Deal.
“You know, the real estate business is a very Read More
While Bill Clinton’s decision to rent office space in Harlem may seem like a modest one–imagine if the former president using taxpayer money to pay Park Avenue prices–he still pays more, on a per-square-foot basis, than any of his presidential colleagues, even after renegogiating his lease for the top floor of 55 West 125th Street.
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Yesterday, Governor Paterson vetoed a bill that would have capped the rents people with HIV and AIDS pay at 30 percent, calling it “my most difficult veto” but a necessary evil to keep the state’s grotesque budget at bay. Today, not surprisingly, a bunch of protesters showed up outside the governor’s offices Read More