How shall we put it? The news was modestly optimistic. Every table at Morso Restaurant was taken this morning as the East River Fifties Alliance (ERFA) updated neighbors on the fight to stop a 90-story(!) tower planned for the middle of East 58th Street, between First Avenue and Sutton Place.
Crime has become so 21st century. Young criminals are turning to technology-based theft that doesn’t require any physical contact with the victims. Crime that is less public is also less messy. The 19th Precinct’s community meeting on Monday included a sobering and (almost) entertaining look at the various cons now infesting our stores, banks, gas stations and anywhere else we insert our bank cards and enter codes.
The New York Times reports that Donald Trump may have his name plastered all over New York real estate but he’s not a “yuge” owner of it. The real owners, for reasons best known to themselves, pay license fees to use the Donald’s name. One of the few properties Trump does own is the parking garage under Trump Plaza on East 61st Street.
More than a year ago I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with Bobo Fay, the Sasquatch hunter on Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot. Bobo is the most bigfoot-like member of the cast. A 6 feet, 7 inch hulk with voice that could wake the Amazon, Bobo stands in for the ape-like being in the pseudo-documentary’s reenactments of Sasquatch activity.
Separate from plans to expand ratty Penn Station into the august James A. Farley Post Office (across Eighth Avenue) is a bolder dream: to rebuild the station as Charles Follen McKim designed it in the years leading up to its completion in 1910. If we can reimagine the beautiful old station, can’t we just rebuild it to the way it was?
The new Whitney Museum of American Art opened last year in the Meatpacking District of the Lower West Side, leaving the old Whitney, which opened on Madison Avenue in 1966 and closed in 2014, empty of all but its symbolic baggage as an example of Brutalist modernism. Now the Metropolitan Museum of Art has leased the building to exhibit part of its collection of modern art, and is calling it The Met Breuer. Its new incarnation opened today.