The Afternoon Wrap: Thursday

The plaque of the room 871 at the Mayflower–the scene of the tryst that turned the hotel into “the modern equivalent of the Watergate for New Yorkers”–is missing. [City Room]

8th Street has become a graveyard of defunct shoe stores. [Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York]

An Irish theater troupe is charging $25 a head for tickets to a play staged in a public bathroom. Just when we got used to the idea of the pay toilet in Washington Square Park. [Gothamist]

The chef at Daniel is taunting diners with his latest edible creation: A 70-pound, chocolate Easter Egg that no one is allowed to eat. [Grub Street]

JP Morgan might flip the property it planned to build an office building on at the World Trade Center site in what would be its second splashy, speculative move in less than a week. [TRD]

Since John Varvatos announced he would move into CBGB’s old digs, bloggers have been worrying which chain store monster would occupy the neighboring gallery. Phew, the new tenant is not “totally soul crushing.” It’s the Morrison Hotel Gallery. [Racked]

Even Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s wallet is a little lighter these days. His home has gone down $260,000 in value since he bought it, and may soon be worth less than he paid. [L.A. Land]

The Afternoon Wrap: Thursday