Max Touhey Plus, the 14th Street busway is working—and more intel in today’s New York Minute news roundup Good morning, and welcome to New York Minute, a new roundup of the New York City news you need to know about today. Send stories you think should be included to firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking back at 2019 (and the 2010s) Happy Friday! We’re in the time of year when things start to slow down, so we’re taking this space today to surface some of the year-end (and decade-end!) content we’ve published over the past few weeks
Our national addiction to drama extends to million- and billion-dollar projects that will shape the waterfront for the next 50-plus years I’m angry that the two biggest architecture stories of New York 2019 are fuckups. The hollow grandeur of Hudson Yards and the evacuated spaces of the Hunters Point Library in Queens have turned what could have been triumphant moments for planning and design into queasy spectacles, albeit of different sorts. It’s difficult to get people to pay attention to architecture any other way.
Jeenah Moon/Getty Images The bill is expected to create 1,000 new apartments for the homeless per year New residential buildings receiving financial assistance from the city will have to set aside at least 15 percent of their units for the homeless under a bill passed by the City Council Thursday. The legislation , which was introduced in 2018 by Bronx Councilmember Rafael Salamanca, applies to rental buildings with more than 40 units, and is anticipated to create 1,000 new apartments for the homeless per year.
Downtown Brooklyn. | Max Touhey The increasingly busy neighborhood could see its streets transformed Downtown Brooklyn has become one of the busiest areas in New York City with new malls , residential towers , and office spaces popping up over the last decade
All it needs is a chicken coop! Just hitting the market in Silver Lake , and just around the corner from the Jonathan Gold-approved Night + Market Song , is this Scandinavian-influenced farmhouse at 3223 Larissa Drive.
The Cinderella homes came in different models, but all featured numerous ornamental design elements. | Photos courtesy Chris Lukather The recognizable houses, designed by homebuilder Jean Vandruff, are the subject of a new book Sprinkled throughout Southern California—on cul de sacs, suburban streets, and even major boulevards—are homey ranch houses that at first glance might appear straight out of a storybook
The Inwood section of Manhattan. | Nathan Kensinger A judge called the city’s review of the contested rezoning “superficial.” A judge has nullified the embattled Inwood rezoning, finding that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration “failed to take a hard look” at how the land use changes will impact the neighborhood, court documents show. The lawsuit, which was filed by a coalition of community advocates including Northern Manhattan Is Not For Sale, argues that the city did not conduct a proper environmental review of the 59-block rezoning , which the City Council approved in August 2018.
Getty Images/iStockphoto Hosts could rent out second homes under a new proposal Just as Los Angeles starts cracking down on Airbnbs , city officials are looking at loosening the rules to allow hosts to rent out a second home. Right now, these types of rentals—referred to by the city as “vacation homes”—are banned in the city of Los Angeles. Under the city’s new short-term rental rules, a host has to live in their home for at least six months out of the year in order to list it on Airbnb, VRBO, or any other platform.
Stephanie Wilkins Did you guess the correct asking price? For this week’s Pricespotter , no one in the comment section guessed the exact asking price for this cute Soho studio , but NYCsince1983 did get pretty close: their guess was $575,000, and it’s listed for $525,000
The mansion—built by one of a handful of women landowners in early Los Angeles—mysteriously burned to the ground on New Year’s Day It was New Year’s Day, 1903 in Santa Monica . Notorious wastrel and once prominent landowner Thomas Jefferson White and his buddies had the run of the infamous Mooney Mansion, the home of White’s adopted mother, Mary Mooney Hotchkiss, who was away on vacation. Around 2 a.m., the mansion, high on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean, caught fire.