In the News: Living Next to Construction

••• “The 1st Precinct (Tribeca, Soho and the Financial District) reported five rapes since January, up from two in the same period a year ago.” —New York Post

••• “Laurie Anderson was in the final stages of mapping out her first project with Kronos Quartet when Hurricane Sandy swept across the New York City waterfront, flooded the basement of her Tribeca studio and destroyed decades of her accumulated gear. She readily acknowledges that her losses pale in comparison to those rendered homeless by the storm, but as a famous technophile and inveterate collector of singular, often irreplaceable sonic devices, Anderson felt the loss keenly. Inevitably, Hurricane Sandy made itself felt within the Kronos collaboration, which came to be called ‘Landfall.'” —San Jose Mercury News

••• A New York Times article on living next to construction included this: “One woman who lives with her husband in an early 19th-century house in Tribeca says they now regret not having asked for a written agreement when their neighbor began extensive renovations. Although everyone started out with good intentions, and both sides tried to be accommodating when problems arose (like cracks in the walls and doors that would no longer open), she said good will eroded as the project dragged on for years.” Note: I have no idea if the house in question was among those pictured, but it seems likely.

••• Music executive Sylvia Rhone—I had a dream about her not too long ago (in which we chatted with the owner of Duane Park restaurant)—bought a $4.32 million apartment at 250 West. —New York Observer

••• The New York Times answers a question—an obviously fake question, actually—about the Woolworth Building.


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