Robert Durst has been arrested in New Orleans based on new evidence revealed in the six-part documentary about the real estate heir and the three murders that have long shadowed him, The New York Post reported. “We are relieved and also grateful to everyone who assisted in the arrest of Robert Durst. We hope he will finally be held accountable for all he has done,” Robert’s estranged brother and the head of the Durst Organization, Douglas, said.
In the final part of the documentary, aired Sunday, Mr. Durst can be heard saying: “What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course,” when he went to the bathroom, not realizing he was still mic’d. Gothamist has the clip of the so-called confession, which may not be admissible in court (unsurprisingly). Mr. Durst also can be heard saying “what a disaster” and “he’s right, of course” in reference to a letter that director Andrew Jarecki uncovered that Mr. Durst wrote to friend Susan Berman whose lettering and misspelling match an anonymous note sent to police about a “cadaver” in the house.
As The New York Times puts it: “Mr. Durst’s private monologue makes for good television. But it is unclear whether the recording of his comments could be used in court, some legal experts said, since they were made in a bathroom when he was alone and had an expectation of privacy.”
Moving on to other matters in the news today: a Long Island City tower being developed by Property Markets Group at 41st Avenue is four times larger than it should be given the zoning, according to Crain’s New York Business. The developer owns a parcel nearby, but it’s not enough to allow for 830,000 square feet and the MTA, the owner of the other adjacent parcel air rights could be transferred from, has declined to comment.
As developers look more and more to conversions with swiftly rising property prices in both Manhattan and Brooklyn, state and city officials say that rent-stabilized tenants are at danger of harassment and deliberately unpleasant construction work, The Times reports, in which developers may intentionally cut off heat, hot water and other services in a ploy to encourage tenants to leave. And whereas many rental to co-op conversions of the ’80s offered tenants steeply discounted prices, miniscule discounts and a surging market now mean “insider” prices of multiple millions of dollars.
Should you have $18 million to spend, however, this maisonette at 120 East End Avenue is quite lovely.
Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal visits with Urban Archaeology owner Gil Sharpiro, who is clearing out some of his extensive stock of architectural salvage at an auction March 27.
Lower East Side residents say that “menacing” skaters and bikers have taken over the section of the East River Esplanade at South Street, a portion of the park that was revamped last year, according to DNAInfo. There is a dedicated skate park nearby, but naturally, it does not offer the same allure as the new park.