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Many windows are the width of a grown woman’s wingspan.

On the Belnord, a “powerfully built limestone rental” on the Upper West Side

This is a wacky freaking article about a building where some rents are like $40,000 per month and other rents are $1,100 per month. Some tenants negotiated away the privileges of their family to inherit their rent controlled apartments. Nuts.

“I remember buying a tenant out early on who was paying $275 a month for a 4,000-square-foot apartment,” said Gary Barnett, who purchased the landmark building in 1994. “So I bought him a house in the suburbs.”

For everyone who finds life in New York City to be some kind of wonderland, there are ten who are living moment to moment, broke, or scared, or angry, or hungry, or bored to death.

Tom McGoveran’s remembrance of Ed Koch, which I’m just lately getting to, is lovely and a good reminder, I think, of what New York really is like now, which isn’t so different from what it was like then, maybe.
Oooh, besides getting reblogged by the Neighborhoodr for Astoria, today, I also got a pic up on Ugly Astoria! Highs and lows. Strikes and gutters.

astoriaugly:

bmichael writes:

Living Room is a, I think, “Middle Eastern”-themed night club on 21 St., near Astoria Blvd. Its awning is supposed to look like tree bark, I guess, but when you walk under it, it looks like the places is making a funny face at you. It’s so ugly.

Awe-some! I’ve never actually passed under the awning—only been horrified from across the street. I thought maybe they were going for “cave entrance”? Or “Hershey factory disaster”? Now it’s obvious they’re aspiring to “creepy Muppet.”

Oooh, besides getting reblogged by the Neighborhoodr for Astoria, today, I also got a pic up on Ugly Astoria! Highs and lows. Strikes and gutters.

astoriaugly:

bmichael writes:

Living Room is a, I think, “Middle Eastern”-themed night club on 21 St., near Astoria Blvd. Its awning is supposed to look like tree bark, I guess, but when you walk under it, it looks like the places is making a funny face at you. It’s so ugly.

Awe-some! I’ve never actually passed under the awning—only been horrified from across the street. I thought maybe they were going for “cave entrance”? Or “Hershey factory disaster”? Now it’s obvious they’re aspiring to “creepy Muppet.”