Tuesday Morning: Wonka Waters and Batali Dreams

  • The Duke estate signed a contract yesterday to sell the Duke Semans mansion at 82nd Street and Fifth Avenue, to Tamir Sapir, the real-estate collector who started out as a cabby 30 years ago. At $40 million, it’s a townhouse record breaker, but it’s still not the highest price for a residence in New York.(The New York Times)
  • Due to the loss of manufacturing space in the Garment District, some proceeds from Heidi Klum’s reality show, Project Runway, will support the Garment Industry Development Corporation (GIDC). Furthermore, the mayor apportioned $244,000 towards educating workers on new production techniques. All this to prevent the possible conversion of the work spaces to residential buildings that would fetch much more on the real estate market, but affect over 1500 workers. (City Limits)
  • Henry Kravis invested $50 million for a mansion in Palm Beach that isn’t quite on the beach. (Page Six)
  • Heavy pockets may find it easier to find their “humble” home–as long as they don’t mind the smell. (The New York Times)
  • Wylie Dufresne of WD-50 faced off against Mario Batali on Iron Chef America last Sunday. The judges, including Vogue’s Jeffrey Steingarten and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’s Ted Allen, found that Dufresne’s originality wasn’t enough to beat out Batali’s taste. (The Village Voice)
  • Filmmaker Chris Chambers wants to document a neighborhood in transition. He’s looking for Cobble Hill residents to interview for his documentary–right before they can sell their quaint homes for a 90 percent profit. (Brownstoner)
  • Harlem has yet to see its Marriott, causing other community projects to stall. (Crain’s)
  • Let’s be clear. Staten Islanders are concerned about the traffic a NASCAR racetrack might cause–not the racetrack itself. (Staten Island Advance)
  • If only tourists were this trendy. (via Gothamist)
  • You worked so hard to find that perfect lamp that sits on your mahogany table with those flying buttresses, beside the antique wine rack. Show it off and win some swag. (Apartment Therapy)
  • Queens residents hope to protect Waldheim, “one of the oldest estate subdivisions in the city,” with a rezoning plan before developers can replace the century-old Victorian houses with multi-family buildings. (The New York Times)
  • Five railroad cars crammed with cocoa beans overturned at a Brooklyn pier. An environmental threat is unlikely, according to investigators, but, oh, what a waste of chocolate. (Newsday)
  • Fire scorched the Louis Sullivan-designed Pilgrim Baptist Church in Chicago, reducing the landmark to nothing. (Architecture Magazine)
  • The State Supreme Court ruled that the city could boot merchants at The Bronx Terminal Market and lease the site to a private developer, which is, yes, Related Companies. There was no competition. (City Limits)
  • Red-padded bars, Al Capone and Fendi–oh my! (The Village Voice)
  • Historic Richmond Town in Staten Island–a mere 12 minutes from The Mall–will acquire a new Greek Revival-style cottage to join the museum of buildings. (NewYorkology)
  • – Riva Froymovich

    Tuesday Morning: Wonka Waters and Batali Dreams