On the Market: A Civil Liberty Suit Over Hart Island; a Gentrifier Tells Her Story

Hart Island.

Hart Island.

The New York Civil Liberties Union has sued the city over Hart Island, the massive pauper’s grave off City Island in the Bronx that’s administered by the Department of Corrections, according to The New York Daily News. The NYCLU claims that the DOC’s policies blocking and limiting access to the graves violates relatives’ civil rights.

The Lowline is “pandhandling” once again, to fund a year-round “lab” to “refine” the technology needed to build the lab and hold exhibits and events and basically be a pseudo-Lowline, Bowery Boogie complains. “And while there’s a legitimate scientific aspect to it, we can’t help but opine that the Lab is also a tactical marketing maneuver in which to gain a firm chokehold on the neighborhood,” the website complains, who has obviously tired of the rattling cup.

The New York Times offers this parable of gentrification, about a woman who buys a Brooklyn house, half-heartedly tries to care for her tree pit, abandons it, then gets mad when her neighbor takes up its care instead, filling it with fake animals. And then, because this is real life, she ousts the mini barnyard, the takeaway apparently being that when the locals try to exert any kind of claim on your property or neighborhood, it’s time to tell them to get lost.

Brooklyn Housing Court has found a new home in Downtown Brooklyn, approximately two blocks from its current home, according to The New York Times. Alas, it will not be able to move for at least five years.

Change is not, it should be noted, always for the better, even when it comes in the guise of good: during a council hearing yesterday, Uber wouldn’t say if it gave third parties access to data and claimed that it had a “strict policy” on pricing even as its general manager tracked a Buzzfeed journalist after she wrote about the company’s plan to do oppo research on journalists, Crain’s reports. Drivers have also complained to councilmembers about low take-home pay.

An amazing change: Spa Castle coming to Midtown. The Wall Street Journal reports that the quirky Queens spa is putting the finishing touches on its Manhattan outpost, which will have a gold-plated spa and charge $65 for day passes.

Also coming to Manhattan: Martha Stewart Living will open its first cafe in New York City, in the Starett-Lehigh building where the company is headquarterd, according to Bloomberg.

On the Market: A Civil Liberty Suit Over Hart Island; a Gentrifier Tells Her Story