The Afternoon Wrap: Monday

Richard Gere has run into trouble with buildings inspectors in Bedford about the fence surrounding his eatery in the upscale

Richard Gere has run into trouble with buildings inspectors in Bedford about the fence surrounding his eatery in the upscale New York suburb. [AP]

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The MTA is installing solar panels on top of about a dozen buildings that are expected to generate enough power to meet 1 percent of the agency’s total annual energy consumption. Sure greener is better, but where’s the cash-strapped MTA getting the money from? Initially the electricity generated by the panels will cost double the amount Con-Ed charges, but solar costs will remain steady as regular rates rise. [City Room]

Madonna says Vanity Fair misquoted her and proclaims her undying affection for New York City. [Daily Intelligencer]

His weekday reminders to passersby that they are late for a very important date has won the "Washington Square Park Timekeeper" the affection of NYU students and businessmen alike. [Guest of a Guest]

For those of you who cashed in your tech stocks a decade ago and were debating between buying a one-bedroom condo on the Upper East Side or a BMW 750IL, let’s hope you went with the apartment. Here’s a list of what $100,000 could buy in 1998 versus today. [NY Magazine]

"Like erstwhile downtrodden peasants gleefully pillaging a falling former empire, Europeans are, famously, now taking advantage of the weak dollar" in Manhattan. [The Guardian via Gridskipper]

This street is proof that even the city makes the occasional spelling flub. [Gothamist]

The Afternoon Wrap: Monday