- The NYPD is pissed at a selfie stick wielding tourist who climbed the Brooklyn Bridge for an Instagram-worthy photo. [Animal]
- You could downsize, get a Manhattan Mini Storage unit, or you can drop $65,000 on a steel cage in the basement of a luxury building. [Bloomberg Business]
- See the Manhattan isle fold onto itself like in “Inception” with BERG’s “Here & There” maps. [Untapped Cities]
- The re-designed Madison Square Park Shake Shack may be considered new and improved, but the lead designer of the original joint thinks it’s an “aesthetic disaster.” [Architect’s Newspaper]
- Everything you need to know about chowing down at One World Trade‘s One Dine, One Mix and One Cafe–pretty original names right? [Eater]
Images: The notorious Brooklyn Bridge selfie (L); Steel cage via Bloomberg (R)
- Here’s a handy, interactive map of how many rats are in your neighborhood restaurants. [Gothamist]
- You know about the botanical gardens in the Bronx and Brooklyn, but did you know there’s one in Queens, too? [Queens Brownstoner]
- See the plans for the original Shake Shack scribbled on a piece of paper. [Business Insider]
- BLUMA is the cardboard flower carrier you never knew you needed. [Contemporist]
- Following the reveal of 2 World Trade Center, there’s a petition to stop such skyscrapers for fear they’re too easy for the likes of King Kong to climb. [Curbed]
- Bunny meetups are now a thing on the Upper West Side. [West Side Rag]
Images: Rat (L); BLUMA (R)
Say goodbye to afternoon tea and hello to happy hour, via roboppy via photopin cc
You don’t have to tell us twice that the Upper East Side is trading its reputation as a stodgy, ladies-who-lunch spot for a younger, more hip vibe. Not only do we think it’s a hidden hot spot for artists, but we recently profiled the unofficial “new” Upper East Side, the high 80s and 90s, clustered between Park and 1st Avenues. And let’s not forget how the Second Avenue subway is already shaking things up.
But with a new generation of Upper East Siders gobbling up the surprisingly affordable real estate offerings, it’s no surprise that trendy commercial spots are also getting in on the action. Small, local shops and restaurants create little communities that you might expect to find in brownstone Brooklyn, and larger, big-name businesses like Warby Parker and Whole Foods promise to make it a neighborhood to rival Union Square or Chelsea.
More on the real estate trend ahead
Images: Shake Shack’s furniture (left), Amazing Modern Kitchen Cabinets (right)
- 12-Year-Old Catches Another Great White Shark in the Rockaways: Okay… we’re sure by now you’ve figured out that one of our writers… (not saying who)… is a little obsessed with sharks. Either way, Brooklyn mag has pics of a kid catching another shark, and they’re 99.9% sure it’s a marketing ploy for the new Sharknado movie. But it’s not like any of us will be watching or anything…
- Shake Shack Flagship to Close for Five Months: Say it isn’t so! We’re guessing Danny Meyer truly believes that absence makes the heart grow fonder because Shake Shack’s mainstay at Madison Square Park is closing for 5 months for repair, according to the Observer. But before you panic, find out when. It might not be as bad as you think… okay it’s still bad.
- Made-in-Brooklyn Brands to Get Certified: Won’t the real Brooklyn brands please stand up, please stand up, please stand up? According to the NY Post, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is initiating a Brooklyn Made certification program to separate the wannabes from the authentic.
- History Tribute Fence Celebrates Diversity: In an effort to soften the blow of the less-than-pretty on-going construction site at Essex Crossing, Laurene Leon Boym’s artwork was chosen to dress the fence. Bowery Boogie has more details, including some of the drawing’s names.
- How to Get to New York’s Nuclear Lake: Scouting NY takes us on a journey to a former nuclear research lab from the 1950s. And you just wait until you see the lake!
Images: Shake Shack Madison Square Park (left), History Tribute Fence (right)
New York’s ever-changing culture is reflected in the surge of new neighborhood names that have sprung up recently — LeDel (below Delancey Street), RAMBO (right around the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), or, one of the most inventive, BoCoCa (the area that is intersected by Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, and Carroll Gardens). Fortunately or unfortunately, none of these creative monikers have stuck. One that has, though, is NoMad (north of Madison Square Park), bound by 25th Street, 30th Street, Avenue of the Americas, and Lexington Avenue.
NoMad has become a go-to place for culture, food, business, and residential opportunities. During the last five years, the neighborhood has seen price-per-square-foot averages rise by 40 percent; the average price per square foot for a condo is now $1,791 compared with $1,279 in 2010.
How did this transformation in NoMad occur? Find out here.