The Observer turns us on to a new blog from Spanish Harlem, where the blogger states quite plainly: "the ultimate goal of this site is to promote and hopefully encourage Manhattanites to think about and improve the swath of neighborhood between 96th Street and 125th Street, from the FDR Drive to Fifth Avenue, helping to make it an area that people may actually want to move to..." Except, you know, lots of people already kind of live there. [No96]
...and read this post, too, for lots of observations about dirty, crappy, undesirable places that really ought to be cleaned up and gentrified.
HGTV, where soulless "Jasons and Jennifers" long for the good life of excess--including their very own "Man Rooms." [NYP]
Hank's Saloon has a big FOR SALE sign plastered on it. The Voice reports that the 100-year-old (really?) Brooklyn honky-tonk is on the market for $2.2 million and the space will fit a giant condo tower quite nicely:
Look at what's rising at 30 Orchard Street--a 12-story "see-through" condo that looks like something from Luke Skywalker's home planet.
Alex, you beat me to it--I am loving this week's Tomine New Yorker cover. [FlamingP]
Stuy Town is working really, really hard to turn itself from middle class to uber-hip and unaffordable. You really must look at this. [Curbed]
Tell me who, in a panicky "cheese emergency," calls this place for same-day delivery of artisanal cheese? Home or office! Natch this was spotted on 9th Ave in Chelsea. In the bike lane.