Tag: Chelsea (Manhattan, NY)

Dean & DeLuca, Barneys and the Fate of Bohemian Consumerism

When Dean & DeLuca opened on Prince Street in 1977, three years after New York Magazine declared SoHo the most exciting place to live in New York, the artist Donald Judd soon began doing his weekly grocery shopping there. He and his wife, a dancer, lived nearby on Spring Street at a time when it […]

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How Much Is a View Worth in Manhattan? Try $11 Million

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] In New York City’s forest of tall buildings, having a view is an inestimable commodity, to be treasured and, when necessary, fought over. There have been pitched battles over Brooklyn Bridge vistas blocked by waterside apartments, and the shadows […]

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How Big Mike, a Barbershop Painter, Broke Into the Art World

Michael Saviello sat on a little stool in a Chelsea art gallery wiping sweat from his forehead as his new gallerists breathlessly praised his latest paintings. Mr. Saviello, known to everyone as Big Mike, was taking the day off from Astor Place Hairstylists, the East Village barber shop he has managed since 1987. He was […]

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When the Real Estate Mogul Tried to Supersize His $8 Million Brownstone

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] A wealthy real-estate investor paid nearly $8 million for a 19th-century rowhouse on one of Manhattan’s historic blocks. It already had four floors of living space, but he wanted to make it even bigger and add an elevator and […]

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$770,000 Was Just Spent on a Playground. Now the City Wants to Raze It.

The playground of a housing project in Manhattan in recent years had slid into a state of disrepair so severe that parents felt uneasy about letting their children play there. So in 2015, the state approved a plan to steer $770,000 toward a new cushioned play surface, new barbecues and new water sprinklers for children […]

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