The Afternoon Wrap: Thursday


  • What’d you get for that friend who just got the perfect New York pad with a terrace? How about the Cocoon Hammock? Designed by Henry Hall, the hammock becomes its own little outside room, apparently, and so you should be warned: “The hammock is not meant to be moved once it is assembled, as it is roughly 12-sq. ft. and weighs over 400 pounds.”
  • [Luxist]

  • Whole Foods plans a new location at Third Street and Third Avenue along the happy banks of the Gowanus Canal, and a group calling itself Park Slope Neighbors wants the food giant to reduce the location’s planned 420 parking spaces by at least 100. The main beef the group has is with Whole Foods apparent attempt to implement “a suburban-style plan”–because, when people think of Park Slope, they don’t think suburban. No, not at all.
  • [Brooklyn Record via Brownstoner]

  • The final day of the Futuristic Dumbo exhibit is on Friday. Catch it while you can, then, and see what urban-design students at Pratt envision for Brooklyn (see above). Among other questions, the exhibit seeks to answer one most New Yorkers would rather quietly avoid: “How do we adapt to the rising seas in our waterfront neighborhood?” Indeed.
  • [DumboNYC]

  • The Times throws at us today a story about that certain little sadness some money-flush New Yorkers endure: “post-renovation depression.” The Wrap would crack a joke or some sort of dry witticism, but, truth be told, the whole thing’s rather sick (and not in a clinical way). Behold: “While remodeling is often portrayed as a nightmare — with delays, cost overruns and scary contractors — some say it is more like a dream they would rather not wake up from.” [NY Times via Gawker]

    – Tom Acitelli

  • The Afternoon Wrap: Thursday