On the Market: LIC Tower Avoids Affordable Housing; What’s the Deal with Durst’s Wife

Pim Stouten/flickr.

Pim Stouten/flickr.

The Long Island City clock tower will soon be overshadowed by a 915-foot “Manhattan caliber” skyscraper, according to The New York Times, whose developers, Property Markets Group and the Hakim Organization, after having snapped up air rights from the clock tower and the MTA to build Queens tallest tower, are rushing to get shovels in the ground “so they can qualify for tax breaks without having to include affordable housing.” Lovely.

And are the truly rich really ready for the wilds of Long Island City, where coyotes roam? DNAInfo reports that one got somehow stuck on the roof of LIC bar and “stayed there for more than an hour before it fled into an old paint factory.”

On the topic of affordable housing: advocates have long opposed Airbnb on the grounds that it will drive up rents for the entire city. And indeed, The Wall Street Journal reports that a new study finds the service does nudge up rents slightly, or about $6 a month in Manhattan, though the effect is likely to be more pronounced in prime, in-demand neighborhoods and less-so in places like, say, Flatbush. “It’s not an affordability issue. It’s a luxury neighborhood issue or a bohemian neighborhood issue,” said one of the study’s authors. Of course, where do those priced out of luxury bohemian neighborhoods move?

Our most recent New York transit projects have been among the most embarrassingly expensive in the world—overbudget and over deadline, there is the $1.4 billion Fulton Street subway station and the even more expensive, not-yet-completed World Trade Center PATH train hub. So what, asks Capital New York, is up with the Port Authority estimating a new bus station would cost $10 billion?

Robert Durst’s wife Debrah Lee Charatan remains his legal wife on paper, but The New York Times reports that his longtime confidant seems to have distanced herself from her husband over the years: she lives in New York with one of his many lawyers and has not recently paid any visits to him (which were, to be honest, always rather infrequent).

The New York Times claims that true to its reputation, March will be going out like a lamb, but the afternoon’s rain may turn to wet snow this evening. So… not really.

Still, the Brooklyn Flea returns to Fort Greene from its somewhat gloomy Crown Heights winter home this coming weekend, whether the weather co-operates or not, reports DNAInfo.

Is Brooklyn still cool? Sutton Foster, the former Broadway star who is now appearing in Daren Star’s Younger, thinks so. Ms. Foster recalled her reaction to filming in Brooklyn during an interview with Gothamist: “I had a few friends who lived out there, but I had no idea about the cool factor. We went out there when we were filming, and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is what the young people are doing! I had no idea!’ It’s such a cool, cool, cool place.”

Finally, the City Council will take up the issue of skyscraper shadows on city parks, according to Capital New York. Councilman Mark Levine is heading up a task force to study “the looming threat of shadows falling on our parks from the rising number of skyscrapers.”

On the Market: LIC Tower Avoids Affordable Housing; What’s the Deal with Durst’s Wife