The Afternoon Wrap: Tuesday

  • Union Square’s two-decade-long resurgence continues with a new “kids’ paradise” at the north end. There will be a fountain, spray shower, swings and a sandbox–plus “innovative play equipment,” which sounds lascivious. Meanwhile, the area’s seasonal restaurant will be moved inside Union Square’s ancient pavilion, soon to be restored. [NY1]
  • Best Opening Line (of a Self-Loathing Holiday Season First-Person Essay) of the Week: “I never realized how alcohol was so important at Christmas/Hannukah parties until I got my [real estate] license.” [Property Grunt]
  • The indie-activist film Contested Streets is screening at local bars, inspiring Anglophile Manhattanites to use “‘spatially efficient’ modes of travel like walking, bicycling and transit.” That kind of vocab really wins over balding Hummer drivers. [City Limits]
  • Want access to 3,267 New York menus? It’s your lucky day. (Incidentally, our randomly picked menu item is $3.40 egg salad at Brooklyn’s 7th Avenue Donut Shop.) [New York]
  • The bubble is bursting! The bubble is bursting! So says CNN, as always. [CNN/Money]
  • Max Abelson

    The Afternoon Wrap: Tuesday