Photo by Mr. T in DC.
August 16, 2012 Weather: Mostly Sunny, High of 85 Degrees.
Events tonight include a special free performance of Turn of the Screw at Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium. See our calendar.
In our new gilded age, the “urban mansion” has returned, as we’ve been reporting for the past few months. Townhouses that used to house 9 families have been converted into homes for a single wealthy family. “The Department of Buildings said 76 permits were filed for major renovation work on the Upper West Side last year, and a Wall Street Journal analysis showed a large number of these were single-family conversions.” (Wall Street Journal)
A very thorough and opinionated history of how the Upper West Side became flooded with supportive housing, from Rudy Giuliani’s favorite urban policy magazine. “The agencies implanted these profoundly troubled new residents alongside the tenants who remained in the SROs—a process that frequently drove the tenants out.” (City Journal)
A Community Board committee approved the Riverside Center (59th Street on Riverside Boulevard) affordable housing plan, although more fights may be on the way because it’s not clear the developers are honoring their original commitments. (DNAinfo)
10 reasons one new property owner thinks it’s worth paying so much to live on the Upper West Side. (BrickUnderground)