Saturday, January 30, 2016


30th Street, looking west to Third.  At right rear: U.S. Navy Fleet Supply Base, Warehouse No. 1 (now the Metropolitan Detention Center).  1991, Rob Tucher,  Library of Congress

Jennifer Sun on progress on the Sunset Park waterfront (Waterfront Alliance)

"NYCEDC released a Request for Proposals for long-term activation of SBMT on November 30th and responses are due on March 4th. As a result of working with a Sunset Park task force of local businesses, community organizations, and elected officials, we established shared City and community priorities for reactivating SBMT to help ensure that Sunset Park’s working waterfront thrives as a hub for industrial activity and quality jobs that are accessible to local residents, and to strive for maritime operations to be environmentally sustainable."

Artists Told to Leave South Slope Building after Developer Buys Property (DNAinfo)

“New York has always been a changing city, but I’m on the wrong side of the wave right now,” Conan said. “There’s a sense of doom and exodus." 
He added, "It makes you wonder about the role of the artist in our society — it seems like the only role of the artist in New York City is to be at the vanguard of the real estate community."

Water leaks at Fourth Ave. luxury rental building (DNAinfo)

Massive-new look rental development in Stapleton, Staten Island (Curbed)

The units —studios, one, and two-bedrooms will be spread out over several buildings on the site, according to a PR representative for the development. Dutch architectural firm, Concrete worked on this residential behemoth. The property also includes 35,000 square feet of retail space, and so far coffee chain Coffeed has signed up for a space there. 
There are amenities galore at this development, or should we say, "specially curated social spaces." These include an on-site farm, a communal kitchen with a resident chef, 300 parking spots, and a green waterfront esplanade.

Jeff Persily Recalls Family's Coney Island Years after Sale of Property to Thor Equities
(Amusing the Zillion)

“I will never forget the great times I had there. Competing with our neighbors for customers on the Bowery till 5:00 A.M. and then reopening at noon the next day. We owned the Cavalcade Bumping Cars on Surf Ave. till we sold it to the Handwerker family in the early seventies. I hated working that ride, the dust from the metal floor used to get into our lungs and we always sneezed black. On my wife’s 18th Birthday at 12:01 a.m. we were working the bumper cars, and one of our fondest memories is of us giving everyone a free ride in her honor.”

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