Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous
The opening shots of Park Avenue: Money, Power and The American Dream show the famed avenue in all its moneyed glory: idling Mercedes, impeccably coiffed society women and stern limestone facades with white-gloved doormen stationed outside like sentries. It is a vision so lofty that it is almost otherworldly—can the vast majority of Americans even conjure this up as the apex of the American dream, let alone attain it?
It’s a question that director Alex Gibney revisits repeatedly in his documentary about the growing gulf between the rich and poor and how that gulf has been widened by the political manipulations of the country’s wealthiest citizens.
Michael Kimmelman was not the only one writing about Via Verde yesterday. The Architect’s Newspaper also has a report on the revolutionary South Bronx public housing complex done by architects Grimshaw and Dattner Architects and developers Jonathan Rose and Phipps Houses.
The Bronx Museum and the Design Trust for Public Space last week launched a competition to chart a future for the Grand Concourse, the storied boulevard that runs through the Bronx.
Once filled with doorman apartment buildings with opulent lobbies, the strip lost quite a bit of its cache and luster in Read More
The Bloomberg administration today launched an initiative to overhaul a portion of the South Bronx, as the Department of City Planning began the public review for its “Lower Concourse” rezoning. The proposed plan would allow for about 3,400 new apartments in a 30-block area surrounding the southern end of the Grand Concourse, which sits south Read More
Welcome to the buyer’s market: Supply is up, demand is down, and prices are teetering. Brokers say buy now – after all, there are deals to be had! But what if you waited?
Here’s four areas (and one borough) where buyers would be fools to rush in now.
From the new Real Deal: For years there was a buzz about the potential of a residential boom in the South Bronx, but with the credit crunch making it nearly impossible for small-scale investors to obtain financing in the area, any sort of explosion appears to be on hold. …
Much of SoBro’s Read More
Traditionally, there has been a trade-off perceived between protecting the environment and economic growth. But sustainability analysts reject this trade-off and argue that economic growth requires effective environmental stewardship. According to New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, “green is the new red, white and blue.”
In his article “The Power of Green,” Friedman argues that Read More
Majora Carter, founder of Sustainable South Bronx, tells New York magazine that she doesn’t much care for the man some call New York’s modern-day Robert Moses, Deputy Mayor Daniel Doctoroff: It’s interesting that you group Doctoroff and Moses together. Do you think the deputy mayor sees himself as the new Moses?
Thursday night’s panel on “Lessons of Robert Moses” at the Museum of the City of New York opened with the patina that the man did, at least, get things done–and that we have figured out how to do so without breaking as many eggs as Mr. Moses did.
But this Bloombergian consensus Read More
Later today Mike Bloomberg is taking Houston Mayor Bill White on what City Hall is calling a “learning tour” of some of the city’s more successful housing projects in Harlem and the South Bronx.
He’s the latest of the country’s mayors to make the pilgrimage to New York to talk to Bloomberg.
The Read More