The Dickensian lives of Chinatown’s restaurant workers, in the downtown transient hotels where they live. (The New York Times) The city’s population will hit 9 million by 2020, and the city is drafting a plan to make sure there are enough jobs and apartments for them all.(The New York Times) One solution: The New York Times pushes readers to move abroad. Gentrification notwithstanding, West African restaurants in Harlem are doing well, according to one aficionado. (The Village Voice) Literary socialites scatter as the Accompanied Library in the National Arts Club on Gramercy Park is getting pushed out of its quirky, elegant home. (Page Six) Lower East Side club Pianos fires its Friday night hip-hop DJ, in search of a “posh crowd.” Race quickly comes to the fore. (The Village Voice) Cell phone antennas can earn landlords up to $20,000 a month, but Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. calls it an “epidemic.” (New York Daily News) Just when “hidden” Lower East Side bar and restaurant Freemans slipped low on the hot list, it’s building its way up. (Curbed) New York magazine does the math on what it takes to start the five most evil kinds of retail business, including a West Village kids’ store and a Lower East Side bar. (New York) Turning streets into pedestrian-only promenades has fallen out of favor in Manhattan as blight-inducing; but the city is happy to close Pacific Street for Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards proposal. Here, Brooklynites take down the idea. (Brooklyn Views) There was a 43 percent increase in remodeling projects between 2001 and 2005. But, what are the worthwhile renovation investments? (Forbes) The best restaurants to get fat in. (New York) Michael Schvo hates killing trees–unless it’s to build–and relies on technology for the paperwork. (New York) Halvah mousse makes fine Israeli dining in Park Slope’s Miriam. (New York) The Algonquin hotel gives a “writers’ rate” for a night. (Hotel Chatter) Moby’s Kent Cliffs, New York home is up for sale and in need of a decorator. (Luxist) Triple Mint is back, with a close look at Ian Schrager’s 40 Bond. (Triple Mint)
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– Riva Froymovich