Wednesday: Voting "Yes" For Atlantic Yards, "No" For White Kitchens, "Yes" For Bulgarian Yogurt

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Dream of a green downtown [Metropolis]

  • Yesterday’s vote bodes well for Forest City Ratner’s Atlantic Yards development. Why? Hakeem Jeffries toppled two anti-Yards candidates, Yvette Clarke won a congressional primary high above her Ratner-critic candidate, and Congressman Ed Towns toppled the anti-Yards councilman Charles Barron. (The Empire Zone/NYT)
  • The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council offers up More Songs About Buildings and Food: Recipes for Downtown, a book with 60 plans for lower New York’s future utopia. Ex-Talking Head David Byrne goes the bicycle route, Lyn Rice de-centralizes the Park, and of course Christo + Jeanne-Claude share a recipe for the Bulgarian yogurt dish tartor. (Metropolis)
  • Speaking of utopian design, the Journal declares that black is interior design’s new black. Why the somber new trend? It’s a “response to jitters about stagnating incomes, plane crashes and terrorism, and a desire to create womblike refuges.” But is it comforting that Kohler now sells its sinks in colors like “black black”? (WSJ)
  • Lusby Simpson’s mammoth building at 111 Eighth Avenue will become the proud new home of Google’s New York HQ. There’s buzz about the company’s insane hard-wiring plans, which may create the globe’s largest computer network–yet isn’t it more interesting that the G Men are squeezing 300,000 square feet into just two floors? At $33 per square foot, that’ll cost a pretty penny. (Village Voice)
  • Max Abelson

    Wednesday: Voting "Yes" For Atlantic Yards, "No" For White Kitchens, "Yes" For Bulgarian Yogurt