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  1. Some Under-$500 Architect-Approved Side Chairs A cousin to the popular CB2 Gwyneth Chair, a crushed velvet swivel, and more.
  2. ‘That’s What Hurt the Most: The Things You Can’t Replace’ Five East Elmhurst residents on what they lost to Hurricane Ida.
  3. Is Brian Benjamin the Person Who Can Turn NYCHA Around? Among advocates, there is cautious optimism.
  4. A Brooklyn Storefront Church, Resurrected As a Family Home Virginie Sommet’s latest project, in Ocean Hill.
  5. Robert Durst Found Guilty of Murdering Friend The real-estate heir was convicted of first-degree murder for killing Susan Berman in 2000 in an attempt to conceal how he had murdered his wife.
  6. Change of Plans: You’ll Still Be Able to Browse the NYPL’s Picture Collection Researchers howled and the library reversed itself.
  7. What a Spectacularly Decrepit Greenwich Village Apartment It’s being inundated with interested buyers.
  8. Will World of Interiors Get a Gut Reno Under Hamish Bowles? The British magazine gets its third editor in 40 years, with a mandate to bring it into the digital age.
  9. Post-Recall, California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Next Big Win Is Against NIMBYs California also says “no” to single-family-only zoning.
  10. Climate Change Is Putting More Poop in New York’s Waters A crappy side effect of all this rain.
  11. How Kenny Rivero Went From Night Doorman to Armory Art Fair Artist It was a snooty building near Gramercy Park. Not everybody was nice.
  12. I Wish I Liked the New Brooklyn Bridge Bike Lane More A hard-won symbolic victory that’s a baby step.
  13. Continuum’s Towers Were Nixed by the City. So the Developer Is Suing. The Botanic Garden fight may go another round.
  14. We Unearthed the 27 Best Rent Deals in NYC Right Now Looking for a two-bedroom under $3,000? We found several this week, including ones in Bed-Stuy and Turtle Bay.
  15. Will a Post-Bankruptcy ABC Carpet & Home Still Be Over-the-Top Maximalist? A store whose retail experience is a maximalist performance.
  16. The Look Book Goes to the Obama Portraits During a preview party at the Brooklyn Museum, guests got an early look at Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald’s presidential portraits.
  17. River Ring Gets Okayed, With 13 Conditions Smaller towers, more affordable apartments, and a slew of other requirements.
  18. The Lower East Side Tailor to the Scene Clients have generally found Ramon Tailor through word of mouth. Now — suddenly — there are lines out the door for his custom pants.
  19. How Clean Is the Air in Your Classroom? Your Theater? It’s Not Easy to Find Out There’s little transparency about what we breathe inside big congregate spaces.
  20. We’re Falling Short on Even the Simplest Fix for Storm Flooding Plugged-up drains should be the most straightforward problem to solve, and the city can’t keep up.
  21. The Pope of Gloop For 60 years, Gaetano Pesce has been preaching the gospel of uncertainty in design. Finally, the world has caught up.
  22. The Fake Vaxx Card Next to You The proliferation of vaccine mandates is creating a black-market boom for counterfeit proof.
  23. Revolt of the Delivery Workers Exploited by apps. Attacked by thieves. Unprotected by police. The city’s 65,000 bikers have only themselves to count on.
  24. La Revuelta de los Repartidores Robados, apuñalados, golpeados, con mala paga y demasiado trabajo. Ya están hartos.
  25. The Bingo Heiress’s Fantastical Duplex With its Fragonard staircase, koi-pond bathroom, and rodeo-themed kitchen, Gail Ann Lowe Maidman’s home is like nothing else on the Upper East Side.
  26. Visiting the Visitors: Photographs at the 9/11 Memorial Some tourists are more respectful than others.
  27. What Went Wrong With NYC’s Emergency Alerts, and How Can We Do Better? Contextual warnings, explicit directions, and better outreach before the storm could all help.
  28. If You’re Worried About Mold After the Flooding, Get In Line “You don’t have enough pumps, you don’t have enough dehumidifiers, you don’t have enough fans.”
  29. Is Chinatown’s Largest Housing Nonprofit a Bad Landlord? Protests over a recent lockout are just the latest problem for Asian Americans for Equality.
  30. The Leaning Tower of Seaport May Finally Break Its Bad Luck But it’s still tilting ever so slightly to the north.
  31. The World Trade Center, Before, During, and After Remembering architect Minoru Yamasaki through the afterlife of his most famous buildings.
  32. In the Vanderveer Projects, Michael K. Williams Was Another Kind of Star “He was someone who never forgot the hood. He used his influence as much as possible to lift up people beyond him.”
  33. Charlie Watts’s Drawings, 58 Cities Named Columbus, and Other Design Finds Plus an exhibition of Push Pin’s posters.
  34. A $22.5M Apartment at 740 Park Goes From a Mnuchin to a Tisch Lacey Tisch, the daughter of Loews magnate Andrew Tisch, is the buyer of Steve Mnuchin’s apartment. Oddly placed black toilet included.
  35. In Defense of Browsing The NYPL’s imperiled Picture Collection supports a kind of research where keywords don’t find the story.
  36. This Park Dancer Is Literally an Ad for NYC. The NYPD Keeps Shutting Her Down. NO STOPPING NEW YORK, the poster says, promoting recovery. But Kanami Kusajima’s park experience says otherwise.
  37. A Horse Trailer Named Beauty Gets a Makeover Graphic designer Laura Valenzuela’s upstate pandemic project (she learned how to weld!)
  38. Ida Death Toll Rises to 45 in New York Area President Biden has approved federal aid for multiple affected counties in New York and New Jersey.
  39. A $375K Forest Hills One-Bedroom and a Carroll Gardens Loft This week’s picks also includes a 1910 Cypress Hills rowhouse and a renovated two-bedroom in Morningside Heights.
  40. Scenes from Ida’s Chaotic, Tragic Night in New York City The bus driver stuck in raw sewage, a delivery worker who biked through a foot of water, and other stories from the flood.
  41. How Does An Elevated Highway in New York City Even Flood? It’s a road that’s above ground. Shouldn’t it drain?
  42. Those Flooded Basement Apartments are a Deadly Part of the Housing Crisis The most dangerous place to be last night was on the ground floor.
  43. What to Do When Your Basement Floods, According to Disaster Experts Plus how to prevent future water damage.
  44. To Stop Flooding, New York Needs Spongy Streets The city does the equivalent of mopping up an overflowing toilet with a rock. We have alternatives, and should use them.
  45. New Orleans’s Levees Held Up This Time — But That’s Not Enough No matter how tall you build a wall, a flood can go higher.
  46. The FDR Drive, Swamped Last Night, Is Full of Abandoned Cars Today Tow trucks are trying to clear the road.
  47. What Artist Peter Shire Can’t Live Without “It’s a really nice sexual enhancer — smooth and silky with a light scent reminiscent of a mountain meadow crossed with an exquisite rendezvous.”
  48. Yes, Food-Delivery Workers Were Out in Last Night’s Deadly Flood This should not keep happening.
  49. It Wasn’t Just the Shadows That Stopped a Pair of Brooklyn Towers The Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s defenders were part of a much larger set of forces.
  50. The Look Book Goes to Margaritaville We chatted with guests at the newly opened outpost of the hotel chain, which sits right between the Times Square subway station and Port Authority.
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