A 74-year-old Connecticut man who crashed his Citi Bike into a sign last year while not wearing a helmet thinks the city should pay him $60 million because it didn’t make him wear a helmet, according to the Post. He says he suffered brain damage, which on the basis of his ridiculous lawsuit, would seem to be the case.
Streit’s Matzo factory is leaving the Lower East Side, Bowery Boogie reports, having sold its building to a real estate developer. The factory, which The New York Times notes is among the last vestiges of both the Jewish Lower East Side and manufacturing in Manhattan, will close sometime after passover and relocate, maybe to New Jersey.
Speaking of which… Capital recently sat down for a long interview with Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, who said of using incentives to retain businesses, or in the case of New Jersey, draw them away from New York: “I mean, nobody’s ever going to win that war. You don’t negotiate with terrorists. Nobody in the history of New York City would say to you, it is a good idea to pay for job loss. Mike Bloomberg wouldn’t say that, certainly Bill de Blasio isn’t going to say that. I’ve been around politics long enough to know, nobody in their right mind would say to you, you should pay for job loss. It’s true.”
Capital also took a look at the major housing issues that will be coming up this year in Albany: the expiration of rent control, which will prompt review of tax credits 421-a and J-51, the tax cap on local property taxes that the governor has talked about and $5 billion to spend from settlements with several banks.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission was not a huge fan of renovation plans for the Capote house (still Brooklyn’s most expensive) in Brooklyn Heights, Curbed reports, griping that the plan was more “replicating” rather than “restoring.” Commissioners were apparently unhappy that the changes would strip the home of the various charming changes it has undergone over the years and even had a bone to pick with the plan to add shutters, which they conceded were “perfectly period appropriate,” but wanted non-operable for ease of maintenance. Usually we’re inclined to agree with the LPC on matters of taste,but this sounds awfully nit-picky.
C. Wonder’s closure of all its retail sites is opening up three prime retail spaces in Manhattan, Crain’s notes, among them a 5,100 square foot space on Spring Street.
A sort-of happy ending: Forest Hills’ Bonelle Pastry Shop has been allowed to stay in its space, with a 15 percent rent increase, according to DNAInfo, after the shop collected 1,700 signatures asking the landlord to reconsider its plan to oust the 23-year-old shop. But besides the rent increase, the owner has yet to lock down a lease with anything more than a temporary reprieve.
Unambiguously good news: yesterday Central Park Zoo’s snow leopard cub got to play in her first snowfall and The New York Post has pictures.