Bethesda Fountain. Photo by @isardasorensen.

July 19, 2011 Weather: Partly Cloudy, High of 92 Degrees.

Malaysian “party boy” Taek Jho Low bought a condo at Time Warner Center previously rented by Jay-Z for $31 million. It’s the most anyone has ever paid for a condo at 25 Columbus Circle, at more than $6,400 a square foot. But how did he make the money to afford all of this? “There’s been speculation that Low works for an investment fund, but it’s unknown what he does for a living.” Huh? (NY Post)

Councilwoman Gale Brewer got $16 million into the 2012 city budget for capital projects in the neighborhood, including roof repairs at the Museum of Natural History and the transformation of an unused parking lot in Riverside Park into a landscaped overlook with restrooms. (DNAinfo)

A man who says his apartment at the Lyric on 94th and Broadway has been infested by bed bugs for the past month has taken to the streets to protest, literally holding up a sign outside his building. A tipster tells Curbed that the protester thinks the bed bug problem in the building has been “grossly mishandled”. Related, the management company, says it’s been combating the critters very aggressively. (Curbed)

A new language immersion program for infants, toddlers and young children called Carousel of Languages is opening up this fall at 144 West 72nd Street between Columbus and Broadway. (PR Web)

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