On the Market: Larry Gagosian Doesn’t Want Anyone to See His Harkness Mansion Reno

Morning links from the New York Observer.

The Harkness Mansion Gagosian doesn't want you (or at least the Post) to see.
The Harkness Mansion Gagosian doesn’t want you (or at least the Post) to see.

The mayor would be remiss to sacrifice industrial zones for affordable housing, Crain’s editorial board argues, because no housing is affordable without a job, and many of the better paying blue-collar jobs can be found in the industrial zones. And to squeeze out the industry there would do more to hurt than to help.

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Should you move in with your parents if you’re a native New Yorker and find that you and your family can’t afford any place nice to live? Gothamist says yes, provided they were among those who bought a pre-gentrification loft or townhouse.

After all, gentrification is such that the old working class neighborhood of Windsor Terrace has a food co-op later this month, The New York Times reports.  Though this is, for once, is a happy story, about an increasingly affluent community coming together to make up for a lack of local grocery options.

Another happy story: one Hamilton Heights renter has been awarded a $112,000 rent rebate after he contested his rent and discovered that the landlord had been overcharging him $1,000 a month, according to DNAInfo. His situation, however, is quite unusual, given that the unit’s rent was frozen at $233 because of repairs the landlord failed to make in the 1990s.

Meanwhile, the Post is so pissed off that Larry Gagosian won’t let them see the renovation he’s been doing of the Harkness Mansion that they wrote a whole story about how he won’t let any journalists see it. “Magazine editors have been begging to get their photographers inside to snap the screening room and the swimming pool, but a source said, ‘It’s not being photographed by anyone.’ ” Haha. Would that source happen to be Gagoisan’s press guy turning down the Post’s demands for an exclusive.

At least some owners are more accommodating: The Wall Street Journal reports that real estate open houses, once staid affairs of wine and cheese, have of late been taking things up a notch, some even with five-course meals, fashion shows, free massages and hundreds of house guests. In other words, the last thing you want to host in your house right before selling. PR people: you know where to find us the next time you’re organizing an open house with free massages and a five-course dinner.

Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York takes up the question of what is authentically Harlem in the wake of last week’s controversial Columbia Spectator piece in which a first-year Columbia student argued that the university’s expansion into the neighborhood wasn’t hurting authentic Harlem because Harlem has, over the years, seen any number of different ethnic and cultural groups, not only African Americans. Among the many rebuttals is that of local historian Michael Henry Adams, who admits that while the neighborhood’s history is diverse, it is African Americans who made it at all notable, and to see their population shrink would be to sacrifice its most long-lasting and relevant identity.

Despite a under-construction East Williamsburg homeless shelter’s old-timey lookit looks like a horse stable with a Victorian factory behind it—neighbors are, of course, circulating a petition to keep it out, according to BrownstonerNeighbors complain that the building at 14 Olive Street is too tall at 9 stories and also, too close to a school.

So much for modern technology at Penn Station: fixing the broken escalator will take weeks, according to The Wall Street Journal, leaving the disabled and those laden with heavy bags little to do but hoof it up and down the stairs. Or find another escalator.

Finally, mining mogul Ira Rennert has been ordered to pay $118 million for looting his mining company Renco Group and funneling some of the money into building the biggest estate on Long Island and potentially the largest inhabited house in the country, Crain’s reports. He is moreover, personally responsible for $16.5 million of that. Though given Mr. Rennert’s billionaire status, we don’t expect the Sagaponack estate to be hitting the auction block anytime soon.

On the Market: Larry Gagosian Doesn’t Want Anyone to See His Harkness Mansion Reno