Spring cleaning! The oldest man-made object in Central Park, the 3,500-year-old Cleopatra’s Needle, is due for a cleaning, Gothamist reports. And it will be done with lasers! As The New York Times once wrote of the artifact in1880: “There is almost nothing tangible that is older than the obelisk. There is nothing much younger than New York. The extremes have met.”
Speaking of historic things, the future of the Extell development at the site of the Park Avenue Christian Church hinges on a determination to be made by the Landmarks Commission today on whether or not the church is Gothic Revival or “no style,” according to The Wall Street Journal. If it is judged to be Gothic Revival, it will likely be thought to contribute to the proposed Park Avenue Historic District and be protected from demolition.
Despite being located along a busy street with low foot traffic with rising retail rents, Crain’s reports that 40 retailers along Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill have unlocked the mystery of surviving and even prospering: “the merchants loosely share a strategy that involves pitching high-priced wares to the deep-pocketed denizens of the nearby brownstone neighborhoods with low-key yet distinctive store designs and displays.”
The NYPD has hired the criminologist who developed the “broken windows” theory, written about in The Wall Street Journal, to study crime on public transportation, public squares and city parks. Among his findings: many of those arrested on minor offenses should have been paired with a social worker rather than case into the criminal justice system.
JDS, the developer behind Manhattan mega-projects including a skyscraper on 57th Street and Walker Tower, is investing in Brooklyn, according to Crain’s, planning a 65,000-square-foot residential development on the corner of Baltic Street and Fourth Avenue in Park Slope.
Select bus service along 125th Street is slated to begin in May, according to DNAinfo, having been delayed from its April start by bad weather. After ditching the plan to operate the service in the summer, the DOT took it back up this October because anyone who has ever taken a crosstown bus along 125th Street could see that it was sorely needed.