On the Market: Holland Tunnel Entrance Gets Pocket Parks; The Death of Dive Bars?

Remon Rijper/flickr.
Remon Rijper/flickr.

Jenny from the block is considering an upgrade to a tony Chelsea block: the New York Post reports that J. Lo has been spotted looking at apartments with Frederik Eklund and was particularly taken with a $20 million condo in Walker Tower.

A jaunt to the south, two small parks/pedestrian plazas have opened in Hudson Square, right by the entrance to the Holland Tunnel, DNAInfo reports. And while it might not seem all that pleasant to sit by one of the most congested, exhaust-fume ridden corners of the city, and one visitor says that he wishes the plazas had grass, but Ellen Baer, president of the Hudson Square Connection BID, which helped to fund the parks, says that “people were really amazed at how congenial the space was.”

Will dive bars soon be no more? The New York Times looks at what the closing of the Subway Inn might mean, coming as it does so soon after DingDong in Morningside Heights and Jackie’s 5th Amendment in Park Slope’s closings. But perhaps the problem is that New York doesn’t have many dive bar patrons anymore. As the owner of the Upper West Side’s Emerald Inn, which relocated last year says, “We have great food, a great story. But there is a Juice Generation down the street with a line around the block.”

Crain’s argues against the very unfair practice of taxing commercial and retail businesses in some parts of the city, but not in others. Businesses in Midtown pay an average of $96,000 a year, he writes, while those in Lower Manhattan, above 96th Street and Brooklyn and Queens pay none.

Popular Williamsburg eateries, including Radegast Hall and Egg, could be pushed out of their spots on N. 3rd Street, The Real Deal reports, as Waterbridge Capital is in contract to buy a number of properties along the strip for $100 million.

Crown Heights’ historic Fox Savoy theater is no more, Brownstoner reports. Demolition on the neoclassical structure has finished and in its place, on the corner of Bedford and Lincoln Pl., will rise a 114-unit apartment building.

While many may have spotted yesterday’s New York Times story on Aby Rosen’s buying spree, it’s notable not only for the fact that RFR plans to spend $250 million on Manhattan land purchases, $500 million on office space and $100 million to $150 million on retail, but that the developer scooped up the eye-catching longtime home of photographer Jay Maisel at 190 Bowery.

DNAInfo has mapped out the eight cultural projects coming to Brooklyn as a result of $22 million in city funding set aside for improvements and build facilities.

Peta has declared New York the country’s most vegan friendly city, the AP reports, via Crain’s. What to make, then, of the recent closings of Soy & Sake and Gobo, both in the West Village. On the Market: Holland Tunnel Entrance Gets Pocket Parks; The Death of Dive Bars?