February 27, 2019

Gowanus landmarking group wants to save historic sites; Webster Hall reopens in May

After being closed for nearly two years for renovations, Webster Hall will reopen on May 1st with a show from Patti Smith. [Gothamist] Check out the progress of the glassy office tower rising about Downtown Brooklyn’s Macy’s. [Brownstoner] A bill introduced in the Senate wants to make baseball New York state’s official sport. [amNY] These 10 […]

February 1, 2019

Ideas for redeveloping the Chrysler Building; Why do these Upper West Siders want to save a Starbucks?

Chrysler Building via Pixabay (L); Google Street View of the Starbucks at 76th and Columbus In East New York, the city is looking for artists to beautify Broadway Junction. [BK Reader] While most neighborhoods are fighting to save their small businesses, a group of Upper West Siders is petitioning against the closure of their Starbucks. […]

January 29, 2019

The history and future of the East Village’s Punjabi Deli; Wear socks inspired by subway tiles

Images: Via Flickr cc (L); Via Wiki Commons (R) These $15 socks were inspired by the Carroll Street subway stop’s “lawn green” and “hunter green” wall tiles. [NYP] Target’s small-format store in Kips Bay is hiring 80 employees ahead of its April 7th opening. [NBC] The East Village’s Punjabi Deli has served as a hangout, rest […]

January 24, 2019

Gracie Mansion’s new exhibit is all about females; Park in a bus lane and get towed

As any good New Yorker knows, roaches don’t die. So to show your sweetie how much you love them this Valentine’s Day, name one of the Bronx Zoo’s Madagascar hissing cockroaches after them. [Bronx Zoo] The Essex Street Market is seeking artists to design a mural for their forthcoming Essex Crossing headquarters. [Bowery Boogie] Gracie Mansion’s […]

January 8, 2019

Navy Yard Wegman’s readying for fall 2019 debut; City’s new $100M plan provides health care for all

The city’s first “package-free” grocery store has opened in Bushwick. [Grub Street] In more grocery store news, the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s forthcoming Wegman’s is hiring for its fall 2019 opening. [Bklyner] An Andy Warhol-themed bar called The Factory 380 has opened in Murray Hill. [WSJ] Mayor de Blasio announced a new $100 million program that will […]

January 2, 2019

42-story condo will rise at Morningside Heights seminary; NYC traffic deaths hit lowest in a century

Rendering via Robert A.M. Stern Architects (L); Via Pexels (R) Did you know the oldest surviving mosque in the country is in Williamsburg? [Bedford + Bowery] This unemployed, 21-year-old Bronx man monitors frustrated Tweets to the MTA all day every day. [NYDN] See the 42-story condo tower planned for the Union Theological Seminary’s campus in Morningside […]

December 20, 2018

NYC added 20+ miles of protected bike lanes this year; Guggenheim nominated as World Heritage Site

The city added more than 20 miles of protected bike lanes in 2018, bringing the total to 1,217 miles. [NYC Mayor’s Office] Eight Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, including the Guggenheim, have been nominated to be World Heritage Sites. [Curbed] Get a tour of Amy Sedaris’ quirky, theatrical Greenwich Village apartment. [The Cut] Ever hear of […]

December 11, 2018

Cuomo gets involved in L train shutdown plans; Jean-Georges will bring fine dining to the TWA Hotel

This Thursday night, Governor Cuomo will tour the Sandy-damaged Canarsie Tunnel and “personally” vet the L Train shutdown plans. [amNY] Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten will run a restaurant and a lounge inside the TWA Hotel, which will bring back some classic dishes from in-flight TWA menus from the 1950s and ’60s. [NYT] Is Manhattan West trying to compete with […]

December 7, 2018

Columbus Circle monument gets historic designation; Amy Poehler opens Park Slope wine shop

Despite calls to remove it, the Christopher Columbus statue in Columbus Circle has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. [NYP] Visit the last chess shop in NYC. [The Atlantic] Amy Poehler has opened a wine store in Park Slope. [Eater] How Staten Island is keeping brick-and-mortar retail alive and repurposing its shopping malls. [CO] […]

November 27, 2018

Frida Khalo exhibit coming to Brooklyn Museum; Iconic East Village bar Continental sets closing date

Frida Kahlo self portrait via Wiki Commmons (L); Google Street View of Continental Bar (R) Check out this year’s holiday window displays. [Untapped Cities] Meet the man who provides picture-perfect avocados to 120+ NYC restaurants. [Eater] A huge Frida Kahlo exhibit will open at the Brooklyn Museum in February. [WSJ] And a retrospective on New Yorker cartoonist […]

November 15, 2018

Björk is coming to the Shed; Will Ikea bring a mixed-use development to NYC?

Björk will premiere her “most elaborate stage concert yet’ during the inaugural season of Hudson Yards’ performance venue the Shed. [Gothamist] Ikea is looking to open six mixed-use developments in the next two years, and NYC is on their list. [CO] At $61,000 per Amazon job, New York pays twice what Virginia does. [Business Insider] Get a look […]

September 26, 2018

New Jersey has a new tallest tower; Queens Night Market returns this weekend

Public observation decks at New York City skyscrapers are having a moment. [WSJ] Roughly 33,000 new apartments will be delivered in Manhattan by 2021. [Crain’s] MTA hires two dozen station managers to keep platforms clean and enhance straphanger customer service. [MTA] The Queens International Night Market returns for its fall season this Saturday. [TimeOut] A new pop-art […]

September 17, 2018

Zuccotti Park gets a new rose sculpture; Sales launch at 111 West 57th and Bjarke Ingels’ The Xi

Acclaimed German artist Isa Genzken created a 26-foot-tall rose sculpture for Zuccotti Park. [6sqft inbox] Brooklyn Bridge Park’s long-plagued Squibb Bridge won’t be reopening any time soon. [BK Paper] Bjarke Ingels’ twisting condo The XI launched sales, ranging from a $2.85 million one-bedroom to a $28 million penthouse. [CityRealty] Sales also launched at 111 West 57th […]

September 4, 2018

Cuomo gives $15M for community center at Bedford-Union Armory; Planning sessions start for Brooklyn Bridge Park’s public pool

Governor Cuomo announced that his office will fund the $15 million Carey Gabay Community Center at Crown Heights’ Bedford-Union Armory development. [Curbed] In 2011, the city introduced green cabs as a way to service areas where yellow cabs typically wouldn’t travel. That same year, Uber began operating in NYC. [NYT] The Hunters Point South ferry landing […]

August 29, 2018

Inside the worst train wreck in NYC history; Lower East Side ferry route launches today

On Nov. 1, 1918, 100 lives were lost when a Brooklyn Rapid Transit employee lost control of a train at the Prospect Park station. The event was so horrific that the name of the street was changed so New Yorkers would not be reminded of it. [NYP] Eight unique ways to celebrate Labor Day weekend in […]

August 16, 2018

City will preserve 670 affordable apartments in ‘high-cost’ neighborhoods; Why is the Flower District dying?

The city will preserve 669 Section 8 apartments for 40 years. They’re located in “high-cost neighborhoods”–Williamsburg, Harlem, the East Village–“where the majority of similar buildings have converted to market-rate.” [NYC HPD] Twenty percent of dwelling units currently under construction in New York City are in a hotel. [TRD] Once a $120 million engine, NYC’s Flower District is being […]

August 10, 2018

NJ Transit says ‘summer of hell’ will last until fall; Brooklyn’s iconic Watchtower sign will not rise again

NJ Transit admitted to extremely poor service this summer–but warned that it probably won’t end until the fall. [NYT] Go inside the world Of NYC “canners,” who survive by collecting recyclable cans and bottles. [Gothamist] And meet the Brooklyn can collector who’s worth $8 million. [NYP] The iconic Watchtower sign that stood atop the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ former […]

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August 7, 2018

Kushners finally unload debt-ridden 666 Fifth Avenue; Is the ride over for Coney Island?

With a wave of bland real estate development, will Coney Island become just like much of the rest of the city–gentrified, but with rides? [The Bridge] For two centuries, New Yorkers have loved giant oysters. [Atlas Obscura] Kushner Companies finally unloaded the troubled 666 Fifth Avenue to Brookfield, whose 99-year lease will likely give the family […]

August 2, 2018

Ferry services comes to the Bronx and LES this month; Was Florida’s beloved key lime pie invented in NYC?

The NYC Ferry’s Soundview and Lower East Side routes will launch on August 15th and 29th. [NYC Ferry] What it’s like to live in an SRO, NYC’s original “micro-housing.” [NYP] There is a fierce debate going on after a cookbook author claimed key lime pie was invented by the Borden condensed milk company at their Madison […]

July 27, 2018

NY may be first city to cap Uber drivers; MTA (sort of) wants you to hold them accountable

NYC could become the first city to cap Uber drivers. If the legislation passes the City Council it would halt new for-hire vehicle licenses for a year. [NYT] After a week of criticism, the MTA announced a quarterly Customer Commitment initiative so “customers can hold NYCT accountable.” [MTA] Target said they’re sorry if their new East […]

July 18, 2018

Low-income New Yorkers eligible for $5 Citi Bike memberships; Goodwill opening ‘curated’ NYC boutiques

The NYPL’s new Culture Pass, a program that gives library card holders free access to 30+ museums, had more than 2,000 applications on its first day (and crashed the site!). [amNY] Dentures, trumpets, prosthetic limbs–a rare look inside the subway’s lost and found. [Vice] Discounted Citi Bike memberships were previously only available to NYCHA residents, but […]

July 13, 2018

First dockless bikes arrive in the Rockaways; what it’s like to go glamping on Governors Island

As the NYC Ferry hits five million passengers since its launch last year, the first larger, 350-seat boat has arrived in New York Harbor. [NYC Ferry] NYC’s first-ever dockless bicycles arrived today on the Rockaways as part of a city-wide pilot program. [Office of the Mayor] S’mores around a fire, 1,500 thread-count sheets, and the island […]

July 11, 2018

Walmart starts NYC takeover; Bruce Springsteen’s childhood NJ home finds a buyer

How the saga of Trump City foreshadowed the president’s chaotic path to the White House. [Politico] Jet.com, a subsidiary of Walmart, will build a fulfillment center in the Bronx, from which it’ll offer same-day grocery delivery. [Business Insider] Bruce Springsteen’s childhood home in Freehold, NJ sold for $255,000. [APP] LinkNYC kiosks will display unrealized projects from “Never […]

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