Well, the holiday season is here, and we all know what that means. Yes, it is time for the airing of grievances. The Village Voice kicks things off nicely with a rundown of the city’s top five landlords, as compiled by the Public Advocate. Among the recounted unpleasantness you will find fisticuffs, rot, arson—or at least near arson—voyeurism and non-woodland axe-wielding. Now, let’s move on to the feats of strength…
But those in the mood for more, ahem, traditional festivities might like to head on up to La Marina, in Inwood, which has become “one of the top-earning concessions for the city Parks Department,” according to DNAinfo. The boisterous waterfront club and restaurant, which has time to time run into trouble with the neighbors, apparently does a sizzling hookah business, providing a hefty portion of it’s revenues. This, of course, puts tobacco-averse officials in something of a funny position. But hey, at least patrons don’t inhale.
In other uptown fiscal news, Harlem’s Victoria Theater will get $1.5 million from the state for redevelopment, DNAinfo reports. The project, which will transform the historic theater into a hotel, was among the largest recipients of the $4.3 million devoted to Harlem in the $61.2 million city-bound state package announced by Governor Cuomo last week. The other Harlem beneficiaries are the Apollo Theater, the National Urban League, Harlem River Park and the Harlem Chamber Players.
Harlem, of course, has to a great extent shed it’s reputation for peril, and so has DUMBO. Detroit? Not so much. Brooklyn Paper provides a sometimes-tasteless, sometimes oddly service-oriented comparison chart of these latter two. Artists are into Detroit now. In case the connection wasn’t clear.
“Millionaire’s Mile,” in Hillsboro Beach, Florida, shares little with these neighborhoods. But it’s certainly pretty tasteless, particularly “Le Palais Royal,” the catastrophic-looking Beaux Arts knockoff that hit the market in September as the country’s priciest residential listing for $139 million, and which has since been bumped back to third place. Curbed has been keeping a close eye on construction. The place cannot help but bring to mind the mesmerizing/horrifying 2012 documentary The Queen of Versailles. Although the Coldwell Banker listing, which describes the 41,774 square-foot “palace,” as a “Single Family,” gives the protagonists of that film a run for their money in the category of Most Shameless.
And all this even as the Gateway Elton II affordable housing development in East New York is due to open for lottery applications on Friday, December 19. Rents for studios will be as low as $494 a month, according to Brick Underground, while four-bedrooms will top out at $1,317. The de Blasio administration has identified the scruffy neighborhood, which borders Brownsville and Canarsie, as a rife with opportunity to make significant strides toward his ambitious—always “ambitious”—affordable housing goals.
And to close things out, more grievances. Brooklyn Paper reports on a “menorah arms race” between Jewish organizations in Park Slope and Crown Heights, both of which claim the world’s largest menorah. At the Real Deal, a rundown of the year’s juiciest real estate law suits. Some of are fairly juicy, if also familiar.