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People in COVID Testing Lines Are Turning on Each Other

Line-cutters, it turns out, aren’t treated kindly by those waiting six hours for a nose swab.
  1. From Community Organizer to the Ultimate Insider Kathy Wylde, the longtime head of the Partnership for New York City, has a message for today’s young socialists.
  2. David Dinkins Deserved Better His mayoralty was not the overt failure it once seemed.
  3. That Time I Walked Princess Diana Through the Henry Street Settlement in 1989 “I didn’t get a chance to be nervous.”
  4. McKim, Mead & White Designed This Castle, the Olmsted Brothers Did the Grounds The 24,000-square-foot mansion overlooking Tuxedo Lake has 14 bedrooms and 11.5 baths.
  5. Chess Forum’s Imad Khachan Talks 25 Years on Thompson Street With @NewYorkNico “It’s something that time forgot, I feel like — the place — and me in it.”
  6. What Happens If Outdoor Dining Pauses in New York? People need spaces to gather. Do we want to see what happens when those go away?
  7. Howard Wolfson Among the (Unlikely) Investors Keeping Astor Hair Open The 75-year-old barbershop will no longer be family run.
  8. The Look Book Goes to The Chelsea Flea After a nearly nine-month closure, the 44-year-old market is back.
  9. Upper West Side Home Has 4 Floors, 3 Spiral Staircases, and a Catwalk The lower half of the 1,700-square-foot apartment used to be the operating room of a former hospital.
  10. For Millions Facing Eviction, There’s a Lot Riding on Trump’s Lame-Duck Period Just one more thing to worry about before January 20th.
  11. A Lounge in the Sky in the West Village How architect Alexander Gorlin turned a badly renovated studio into a sunny and starlit day-to-night home — with enough space for 30 Dutch soldiers.
  12. New York Nightlife Never Stopped. It Just Moved Underground. After hours in the contagious city.
  13. Developer Honors Dorothy Parker With Building She Would Have Been Evicted From Builders seldom make passes at writers’ broke asses.
  14. Artist Shaun Leonardo Is the New Co-Director of Recess “For change to happen, folks have to move aside and actually allocate power to the people.”
  15. Should Parking Snitches Get Riches? A new bill would give New Yorkers a 25 percent cut of fines for tattling on illegally parked cars.
  16. Nobody Wants to Buy Trump’s D.C. Hotel No one wants to buy a hotel right now, and especially not this one.
  17. Norman Teague Invites You to Find Your Groove With His Furniture The designer makes his mark by letting you make yours.
  18. Hideous? Perhaps. But It’s Time to Accept the Gaming Chair. “To invest in what you are actually doing — where you are actually sitting — might seem like capitulation but is also self-care.”
  19. What’s the Best Doormat? “They are, hands down, the coolest doormats you’ll find right now.”
  20. Curfews Will Do Almost Nothing to Stop the Spread of COVID The virus doesn’t know what time of day it is.
  21. Anatomy of a Streetery: Rangoon It’s kinetic and inspired by Burmese design.
  22. We Unearthed the 60 Best Rent Deals in NYC Right Now A Fort Greene apartment with a splash of lemon-yellow, a $1,700 East Village spot with a strangely natural-looking spot for a Peloton, and more.
  23. Will You Someday Want to Live on Rikers Island? Once new jails rise elsewhere, the island could become a built-from-scratch neighborhood.
  24. Carrie Mae Weems Made a COVID PSA Now at Lincoln Center.
  25. The Rockefeller Center Tree Is Just Fine. It Starts Out This Way Every Year. In previous years, it was just as janky-looking till the lights went on.
  26. How Do You Chop 20 Stories Off a Too-Tall Building? The tower at 200 Amsterdam may have to come partway down.
  27. Nick DeMarco Imagines a Future in Which Plastic Comes Alive “It’s kind of like making the best of a bad situation.”
  28. The MTA Has a Non-Choice: Risk the Health of New Yorkers or Lose Tons of Money Mostly empty trains allow safe distancing, and cost billions.
  29. The Viral Pig Ad Is Fake. The Couch Is Real. We Spoke to Both Creators. A visit to “liminal space” Craigslist.
  30. The Eco-Yogi Slumlords of Brooklyn Are Getting Sued The City of New York has filed a lawsuit against the couple at the center of an eviction scandal this summer.
  31. What Caused the Design World Meltdown Over Tiny Wooden Stools? Three days of antiquarian-related hysteria.
  32. The Real-Estate Listings Tech Reporter Taylor Lorenz Likes to Stare At “I literally know every house in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.”
  33. Stone, Stucco, and Chimneys Galore: A Chateau in Litchfield County for $2.2M On the market for the first time in 26 years.
  34. What Happens When Snowplows Meet Streeteries Restaurateurs brace for the bleak winter ahead.
  35. Blue’s Clues Steve Is Selling His (Blue!) Converted Garage in Williamsburg The Williamsburg home has a huge courtyard surrounded by glass walls (and two more big roof decks).
  36. It’s Not Your Imagination: Manhattan Rents Really Have Fallen a Lot And it’s likely to continue for a while.
  37. Room Enough to Be Homebodies How Designer Courtney Sloane and artist Cheryl R. Riley perfected the live/work scenario in Jersey City’s post-industrial Powerhouse Arts District.
  38. The $99,900 Studios on Billionaires’ Row Carnegie House residents are racing to offload their apartments. Why?
  39. Why Did Rockaway’s Community Fridge Get Dragged out to Sea? A mutual-aid mystery.
  40. Buy One of These Artist-Designed Plates and Help Feed the Unhoused Tauba Auerbach, Glenn Ligon, Kenny Scharf, and more made them for the Coalition for the Homeless.
  41. A Crane Picked Up Another Crane and Put It On Top of Tiffany & Co. A real-life Tonka moment.
  42. Flowers Win Over Towers (for Now) in Shade Lawsuit A judge has paused plans for two 39-story buildings that would starve the Brooklyn Botanic Garden of sunlight.
  43. The Holiday Gifts Regular Visitors Founder Daniel Sorg Would Stock in His Store The shop owner who shuttered his beloved corner spot this fall shares the products from small businesses he would carry this season.
  44. A Pandemic Winter Is Coming to New York, and It’s Going to Be Unimaginably Hard During the last surge, New Yorkers could at least spend a lot of time outdoors.
  45. The Year in Design That Would Have Been As seen in a new exhibition at Friedman Benda.
  46. Staten Island’s Ballpark Is Too Nice to Go to Waste The Staten Island Yankees are no more. Here’s hoping their ballpark survives.
  47. What America’s First Ad Hoc COVID Memorials Look Like From white flags in D.C. to red felt roses in Los Angeles.
  48. Only 15,000 People Met New York’s Criteria for Rent Relief More than 1.3 million New Yorkers statewide are at risk of eviction.
  49. Curbed Staff Chat: Can Cuomo’s New COVID Regulations Work? “A lot of restaurants and bars were already closing early, even on weekends, so I don’t know how much impact this will have.”
  50. Cheap Old Houses Gets Expensive New Show on HGTV Liquidate your 401k now.
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