Wednesday

  • The final word: specialty grocery store Trader Joe’s will open, near Union Square, in three months. So nearby N.Y.U. students will have a place to buy prepared “Indian” dinners besides Whole Foods. And Garden of Eden. And Chelsea Market. And the farmer’s market at Union Square. BTW, they will have a separate wine shop next door, in case Union Square Wines and Spirits was getting too chi-chi for you too. (The New York Times)
  • Modern materials used for building have had an impact on fashion, we guess. Now, an exhibit that brings it all together. (Center for Architecture)
  • A Counterintuition: Santiago Calatrave sucks! This isn’t what Antoni Gaudí, the modernista architect of Barcelona, meant when he predicted that the future of architecture was in the imitation of nature.(The New Republic)
  • Upper East Siders are in a perpetual mystery about how the Metro-North commuter trains that run under Park Avenue have grown louder. Maybe they’re just getting pickier?(New York Post)
  • The Kalahari project in Harlem on 115th St. will be “inspired by nomadic and tribal cultures of Africa.” (Frederic Schwartz Architects)
  • Appraisers give the final word in value. For sellers, the appraiser can make or break their hopes of an optimum sale. “Sorry, but your house is worth $100,000 less today than it was last summer…” From their mouth to your ears. (New York Newsday)
  • A look at the original 28 subway stations, designed by architects George Heins and Christopher LaFarge. (Forgotten NY)
  • “New York State is the most segregated state for black and Latino children in America,” author Jonathan Kozol reports. Seven out of eight black and Latino students attend segregated schools. He says that black students represent only 2.7 percent of the Stuyvesant High School student body because “they have not been adequately prepared to compete.” (Gotham Gazette)
  • When it comes to home design, what is “out” in 2006? Definately wallpaper, bold colors and dropped ceilings. But, what is “in”? Ask … Inman News?(Inman News)
  • Under the Energy Policy Act, consumers can receive federal tax credits for choosing “green,” energy-efficient upgrades in their homes. (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Poor neighborhoods, near where you work: Thanks to the Supreme Court, they’re easier to gentrify than ever!(The New York Times)
  • Philips South Beach, owners of the Shore Club Hotel, is suing Ian Schrager’s Morgans Hotel Group Management for fraud and improper actions in Manhattan Supreme Court. They allege their manager Morgans siphoned income and steered high-profile events, as wel as people, to the nearby Delano, another Morgans property. (Page Six)
  • – Riva Froymovich

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