Monday: Castles and Hassles

The Château des Thons.

What we’re reading this morning:

  • Many New Yorkers choose a commute over a closer location to save money. The Brookings Institute has created the Housing and Transportation Affordability Index, which “prices the trade-offs that households make between housing and transportation costs.” (Matrix)
  • The MTA recycles. (Gothamist)
  • The city wants a plan for Governors Island. Really, this time they really do! (The New York Times)
  • Love ain’t getting any, and the West Village might soon see its share of noise-level activists. (The Villager)
  • Where to complain and who to nag about your local problems. (Manhattan User’s Guide)
  • A new campaign aims to revive the Tompkins Square Park band shell. (The Villager)
  • For sale: The Château des Thons, listed at $6.995 million, was part of an 18th-century French mansion that was taken apart in the late 1920’s and reassembled in Upper Brookville, Long Island. (The New York Times)
  • The lastest effort to find a new peg on the Harlem real-estate story: For Harlem aspirants who can’t afford a whole townhouse, a condo and coop market emerges. (The New York Times)
  • The war in Iraq has become a selling point. (Curbed)
  • As Cindy Adams might say, “Only in New York.” Ahem … Are your sofa cushions taking up too much room? (Apartment Therapy)
  • A family was forced to evacuate its home of five generations in the middle of the night when construction on a luxury unit next door damaged an adjacent building so much that they feared it would knock down their house. Welcome to Williamsburg and Greenpoint. (The Village Voice)
  • Inman News Publisher Bradley Inman has become a filmmaker with, a new Web site that captures neighborhoods in the United States with short videos that feature the businesses and people who really live there. (Inman News)
  • Purportedly, Eliot Spitzer prefers the Four Seasons and Andrew Cuomo likes Bergdorf’s while on the campaign trail. (New York)
  • – Riva Froymovich Monday: Castles and Hassles