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 TurnHere.com, 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