Photo of Mayor Nutter in Citizen’s Bank skybox by Bradley Maule
Everyone has some kind of novel or desperate idea to get money for the schools; at this point, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn Mayor Nutter had been to Lourdes. The latest pitch comes from Councilman Jim Kenney, whose own novel idea involves city rentals — at the stadiums.
After the mayor asked for donations so students could get school supplies (I can’t believe I just wrote that sentence), Kenney suggested the city rent out the skyboxes it controls at the Linc, Citizen’s Bank Park and Wells Fargo Center. As it stands now, the tickets for those boxes go to schools, non-profits, staffers and friends of elected officials,” according to CBS 3. Ah, “friends of elected officials.”
“New York City Rents Vault Over $3,000 a Month” — The Wall Street Journal
This is a unbelievable. This young gent, who studies architecture, lives in Manhattan in 78 square feet. Not only that, but he likes it, is good-natured about it, and with some sweat equity and a few trips to Home Depot, has made it pretty darn livable–even a bit enviable. There’s not really any reason that human beings take up so much space, if you think about it.
On the other hand, it’s shocking to hear how much he pays for the place. Only in New York.
From the Tumblr blog TheWorstRoom
There’s a new Tumblr in town and it’s called The Worst Room. The person who runs it, Ryan Nethery, explains it simply: “This is a blog created for me to share the craigslist postings I sift through on a daily basis trying to find decent, affordable housing in New York City.” It operates on the so-bad-it’s-good principle of enjoyment–and it’s really, really good.
Here are a couple of our favorite examples:
Last week a brand new eatery called Dave’s Hoagies opened in New York’s financial district (aka FiDi). Dave’s is not a steak shop, and it’s not a deli that makes all kinds of sandwiches. At Dave’s Hoagies the only kind of sandwiches they make are…oh, you must be psychic. They also offer a limited selection of the world’s finest pastries, sometimes known as Tastykakes.
South Jersey (Bridgeton) native Dave Bagan first lived in New York when he was attending Brooklyn Law School. He was a practicing attorney for a few years after graduating, and then spent 11 years as a trader, most recently on the floor at Deutsche Bank on Wall Street, about a two-minute walk from where Bagan opened his shop.