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  1. First Look: The Plus Pool’s Future East River Home That zany, self-filtering, floating swimming hole officially has a place to drop anchor.
  2. We Unearthed the 43 Best Rent Deals in NYC Right Now We dug up a few relatively spacious apartments asking reasonable rents this week, including a true two-bedroom on the Upper West Side for $2,225.
  3. Peatónito the Pedestrian Superhero Is Finishing Up Grad School at UCLA Mexico City’s masked defender of walkers is now tackling the dangerous streets of Los Angeles.
  4. Could We Really Get a Good Penn Station? Yet another wisp of hope.
  5. What’s a Crown Heights Supermarket Worth? It’s a lifeline to local residents. It’s also a valuable development site. You can guess where this story is headed.
  6. Why Did Food52 Just Buy Dansk? The site’s founder Amanda Hesser says she’s going to dig into the archives for reissues and sign up contemporary designers to create new lines.
  7. The Chiclet Is Back Herman Miller reissues its “friendliest” seating collection.
  8. New York Weed Dealers Face a Choice: Go Corporate or Stay Underground “The black market is still going to be there.”
  9. We Asked the Bushwick Piano Building’s Architect: Why? “This client likes unique and interesting designs,” he says.
  10. The High-Design Return of Henrietta Hudson New York’s longest-operating lesbian bar is back in business.
  11. Rufus Wainwright’s Self-Described ‘Dump’ of a Pied-à-Terre Is for Sale The Gramercy Park studio, which Wainwright once called “a total dump,” is pretty tiny (but it still has thousand-dollar wallpaper).
  12. Can Facebook Keep Us From Looking At Real Estate Porn? Some fear a chilling effect on journalistic gawking at celebrity homes.
  13. What Could Governors Island Be? An aquatic botanical garden, a film-set landscape, and more: Four fanciful transformation plans, commissioned by Curbed.
  14. Making an 1847 Greenwich Village Brownstone New Again: Before and After Photos Historic houses can feel dark. This renovation let in the light.
  15. An Electric Car in High-rise Manhattan: How Long Is Your Extension Cord? The realities of a plug-in car when you live in the Financial District.
  16. A Driver Destroyed Another Streetery, and This Time Someone Died The crash killed a 37-year-old delivery worker.
  17. A Glacial Chair, 1,000 Design Patents, and Other Things I Liked This Week Plus an intersection specifically designed for pedestrians and cyclists
  18. That TikTok-Famous Building Is Bolting Down Its Bathroom Mirrors After millions of views, management is bringing out the drills.
  19. Oh Look, de Blasio and Cuomo Are Fighting Over Reopening Again The mayor is promising to lift restrictions the governor set.
  20. The Man in the MTA’s Money Room Armored cars, pocketless uniforms, coin-sucking vacuums: Al Putre, who counts $1.5 billion a year, lets us inside.
  21. NYPD Puts Down Robot Dog Digidog has had its day.
  22. Watch Giuliani’s Upper East Side Neighbor Be a Very Upper East Side Neighbor “They were bringing out a lot of stuff.”
  23. A Renovated Chelsea One-Bedroom for $699K and a Two-Bedroom By Grand Army Plaza Plus a few very spacious two-bedrooms in Brooklyn.
  24. You Can Now Rent Alison Roman’s Apartment It’s located in Boerum Hill, or, as Roman calls the neighborhood, “the Paris of Brooklyn.”
  25. Towers in a Flood Zone? Two Trees Just Wants You To Look At The Wetland Up Front An array of green features are being used to garner support for the proposed River Ring apartments.
  26. Lots of Stuff for Your Home Is Up to 80 Percent Off at Wayfair The retailer’s annual Way Day sale is now under way, with deep discounts (and free shipping) on furniture, bedding, lighting, and more.
  27. L.A. Built a Tiny-House Village for the Homeless. Some Aren’t So Sure About It. The city’s good intentions come with restrictions and, possibly, an ulterior motive.
  28. How to Sign Up for a COVID Vaccine in New York All state-run and city-run vaccination sites are now accepting walk-ins for anyone over 16 years old.
  29. The Look Book Goes to Dia Chelsea After a two-year renovation, the gallery reopened with an exhibition of works by artist Lucy Raven.
  30. New York Will Lose Seat in Congress Because 89 People Didn’t Fill Out the Census 2020 census reapportionment data showed seven House seats changing hands, but a net gain of just three in states carried by Trump.
  31. The Maker Couple Whose First Apartment Together Launched a Small Business Just out of NYU, David Zhang and Sarah Kim turned their Bushwick rental into a home-furnishings lab.
  32. The Open-Plan Office Was an Auditory Disaster To quiet the din, consider a 1976 Acoustic Conditioner.
  33. Remember the Office? A look back at 150 years of cubicles, corner offices, all-nighters, and the holiday party.
  34. The Infinite Semiotics of the Office Bathroom It is an unavoidable intersection of power and poop.
  35. What It Was Like to Work at The Paris Review in the 1980s A few of the people we discovered became famous; many did not.
  36. Scandals, Murders, and Innovations in One Iconic New York City Office The Equitable Building is not as famous as the Chrysler, the Empire State, or even the Flatiron. But it changed the city in countless ways.
  37. The Exquisite Pleasure of a Dead-End Job The dirty deeds, office drama, and pay irregularities of a starter job.
  38. The Subtle Art of the Executive Assistant The role occupies a peculiar place in the modern office.
  39. Why Is Office Lighting So Bad? Fluorescents were terrible. But LEDs can drive you insane.
  40. New York City Made the Office And the office, in turn, made modern New York.
  41. Six Municipal Workers on Going Back to the Cubicle “Those elevators are packed like a can of sardines.”
  42. In Conversation With Dianne Morales, the Tenants’ Candidate “I’m not promising to take New York City back to normal. I’m promising something new.”
  43. A Guide to NYC Restaurants That Have Opened During the Pandemic 78 new cafes, sandwich counters, cocktail bars, neighborhood bakeries, and plenty more.
  44. My Favorite Design Book: Bruno Munari’s ‘A Flower With Love’ Fleurotica founder Robin Rose Hilleary goes back to this 1973 out-of-print volume again and again.
  45. Climate-Change-Related Lawsuit Nixes Huge California Development Not in my backyard, says Planet Earth, backed by a judge.
  46. MoMA’s ‘Reconstructions’ Show Changed My Relationship to Space and Cities Should Black designers revise a history that erased them? Or should they revolt?
  47. Harriet Tubman’s Lost Family Home Has Finally Been Found Archaeologists say they’ve discovered the site where the abolitionist’s family lived in the early 1800s.
  48. The Stylish Tailor Shops of Christopher Street Angel Ramos, Jake Mueser, and Frederick Castleberry are bespoke tailors and friends.
  49. The Complete Guide to Legal Weed in New York Where to smoke, how to buy, and more.
  50. A Tarantula Stool, a Molded ‘Dragon’ Chair, and Other Things I Liked This Week Plus ceramic relics that comment on plastic waste and Memphis-y wall hooks.
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