December 11, 2017 Weather: Mostly sunny, with a high of 41 degrees.
Free jazz at the Folk Art Museum and more local events are on our calendar.
That 775-foot building proposed for 66th Street could be “too tall and too late,” reports the New York Times. “Not only is Mr. Barnett, the principal at Extell Development, facing off against the neighborhood, he is swimming against a tide of developers who believe the superluxury market has gone cold. Sales of super-expensive apartments — those priced at $5,000 per square foot or more that might sell for as much as $100 million, fell to 42 in 2017 from 68 in 2016, according to CityRealty, a brokerage firm.” We have more photos and info about the building here.
An exhibit of art made by prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, that was being shown at John Jay College, was shut down because of a threat on Snapchat.”
The city has been selling some public streets to private owners. “City officials describe the sales as a routine way to make money and unload useless land, but critics of Mayor de Blasio’s affordable-housing plans panned the process.”
Central Park is the most filmed location in movies, says one report. “A report released by the researching group Verve Search Ltd, found that the Manhattan green space is the most filmed location on earth. More than 231 movies have shot there, according to the report, 70 more than the second most-filmed location — Venice Beach, California.”
Central Park also held its first Belvedere Ball, a big draw for bankers. “Right in the middle of Central Park, the music pulsed and bottles of Belvedere vodka emptied Wednesday evening. White powder glistened on the sleek glass tables — fake snow, actually, heaped around the flower centerpieces, under a tent along the 72nd Street transverse decorated in a winter wonderland theme.”
A 27-year-old man set off a pipe bomb in Port Authority Monday morning; the bomber sustained the most severe injuries and four others had minor injuries, according to NYPD. Update: the bomber “did it in the name of ISIS.”