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Was the Breuer Building Underpriced?

$100 million feels low — until you consider what it actually means to own a brutalist masterpiece.
  1. The Breuer: Requiem for a Museum The Sotheby’s purchase will turn the brutalist masterpiece into a mere auction house.
  2. Sotheby’s Was the Only Serious Option for the Breuer The Whitney’s old home has officially been sold.
  3. Eric Adams Sort of Relents on Remote Work The mayor and the city’s largest union have reached a hybrid deal. But not everyone is eligible.
  4. No One Wants Joan Didion’s Apartment The sprawling Upper East Side co-op took a $1 million price cut.
  5. Amtrak’s New Acela Fleet Is Languishing in a Rail Yard All dressed up with nowhere to go on the Northeast Corridor.
  6. This Is the Dirtiest Beach in New York City Congratulations to Douglaston Manor.
  7. Congestion Pricing’s Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them Lessons from London’s 20 years of experience.
  8. California Is Becoming Uninsurable State Farm has put a moratorium on new home-insurance customers in the state. It’s a sign of what’s to come.
  9. East Williamsburg’s Alleged Pigeon Poisoner A Nextdoor thread about a neighbor’s bird-feeding devolves into mutual accusation and suspicion.
  10. Object & Thing Goes to the Beach A selection of 100 objects by 34 artists will spend the summer at the LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton.
  11. A New Antiques Gallery, Utopian Furniture, Bubble Glass and More Finds A special dispatch from the 2023 edition of NYCxDesign.
  12. The Trouble With 23 Cornelia Street Some brokers are skeptical that Taylor Swift’s onetime rental can fetch its $18 million asking price.
  13. Hopalong Andrew Is the Hardest-Working Cowboy Musician in Brooklyn Traveling the children’s-entertainment circuit with lasso-swinging performer.
  14. The Scramble to House Our Busloads of Migrants New York’s shelter system was already at a breaking point. Officials are scrambling to find beds for asylum seekers.
  15. He’s the Guy You Call When You Need to Bury a Whale Talking to Robert DiGiovanni about being New York’s go-to whale fixer and the surprising number of burials he’s done in the Rockaways.
  16. Why Are There So Many Bathrooms in the Houses on Selling Sunset? Brokers explain the deranged bed-to-bath ratio of ultra-high-end listings.
  17. Living 20 to a Room in a Vacant Midtown Office Building Newly arrived migrants talk about spending their days in a former Touro College space.
  18. These Chairs Were Made in 3 Days “Make-do,” curated by the L.A. gallery Marta and auction house Catalog Sale, is an homage to not overthinking things.
  19. The Look Book Goes to the Rachel Comey Sample Sale We talked to shoppers on day two.
  20. The Best Running Shops in New York Running stores for serious shoes or just hanging out.
  21. Pickleball Is Taking Over Empty Bed Bath & Beyonds The sport’s rising empire is replacing defunct retail space in malls across the country.
  22. JPMorgan Chase Bets Big on the Revival of Midtown If you build it, 270 Park says, they will commute.
  23. A Sale and a Suicide on East 12th Street After a private-equity firm bought an East Village apartment complex, one of the tenants jumped. Neighbors say he was right to be paranoid.
  24. Owner of Flatiron Building Buys Flatiron Building Jeffrey Gural got it on the second try and saved a bunch of money in the process.
  25. One of the Last Gilded Age Mansions on Fifth Avenue Is for Sale A Wall Street divorce brings it back on the market at $72.5 million.
  26. You Could Make a Movie in This 1885 Park Slope ‘McMansion’ In filmmakers Kate Novack and Andrew Rossi’s brownstone, “there are all these stories within the walls.”
  27. How to Turn a Church Full of Cats and Raccoons Into a Coveted Wedding Venue “It was a very non–New York City wildlife smell.”
  28. Can I Afford to Live Like This? We asked young New Yorkers about their dream futures. Then we calculated exactly how much each would cost.
  29. ‘I Was Told to Say This and That, or Be Quiet.’ Talking to two men who say they were recruited to pose as homeless veterans displaced by migrants.
  30. Did Jeff Bezos Put His Girlfriend on the Bow of His Superyacht? The massive schooner cost $500 million to build. Hidden declarations of love are priceless.
  31. A Big Week for Swifties and Zelda Fans Alike Our guide to what’s highbrow, lowbrow, brilliant, and despicable.
  32. The Permanent-Outdoor-Dining-Shed Bill Is Finally Here But the design regulations are still up in the air.
  33. The Case for Taxing Vehicles by Weight Meet Deion Sanders’s Ford F-650 super-truck.
  34. Containerization May Be Coming to New York City Restaurants The bins-over-bags proposal could go into effect as early as July.
  35. The Off-Peak Rider Is the Future of the Subway The pandemic changed how we commute. Time to invest accordingly.
  36. Pale Male, Fifth Avenue’s Beloved Hawk, Has Died He grew famous for nesting on — and then being evicted from and welcomed back to — a window lintel on Fifth Avenue opposite Central Park.
  37. Meghan and Harry Were in a Two-Hour Car Chase Across Manhattan The pursuit by “highly aggressive paparazzi” nearly caused multiple crashes, according to a spokesperson.
  38. A Minimalist Nick Poe–Designed Dispensary Opens Downtown Drug Store looks more like a Donald Judd installation than a weed store, and it draws a skater crowd.
  39. Century 21 Is Back After three long years, the luxury-bargain flagship reopened. The faithful turned out.
  40. Our City’s Billionaires Are Debasing Themselves for a Casino License Jay-Z is pleading on Instagram, while other hopefuls offer LED gardens and gratis hot dogs.
  41. An ‘Old School’ ’80s Soho Loft Gets a Family-Friendly Makeover “You want a place where the kids can run around or knock something over,” says father of four Greg Griffith.
  42. A Clinton Hill Carriage House With a Glass-Walled Sunroom and a Private Garage A local broker saw the potential in a neighborhood Italian restaurant and made it uniquely hers.
  43. A Deceased Tenant; a ‘Strong, Foul Smell’; and a Police Padlock A New York City nightmare, as seen in one lawsuit.
  44. When Your Art Studio Is Also Your Apartment “I’m really lucky to have roommates who don’t care very much.”
  45. A New Infinity Room, Architecture for Ants, I ♥ NY Knockoffs, and More Finds Plus a COVID memorial at Greenwood Cemetery.
  46. The Hurb Is the Pop-Up Package Hub We’re Stuck With (For Now) It eats up precious street space. But unless the city acts, it’s the only way you’re going to get your Amazon socks and coffee filters.
  47. ‘We Were Riding in a City That Simply Hadn’t Existed Just a Few Years Earlier’ Reflecting on a decade of Citi Bike with a dozen New Yorkers who made it happen.
  48. Developing Governors Island in Order to Save It A plan that aims to preserve both its low-rise nature and the earth.
  49. The Look Book Goes to Parsons During Finals We talked to students leaving class on one of the last Mondays of the semester.
  50. Hiba Schahbaz Pictured Herself Painting Here She found the Bushwick building after walking by one day and admiring the windows; she imagined that it would be a great place to work.
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