Monthly Archives: March 2005

Whoops!

New York magazine is carrying an item this week that describes recent automobile chaos at the southern end of Lexington Avenue, where Gramercy Park terminates the avenue at East 21st Street. Here is the gist of it: Cars keep crashing … Continue reading

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A Housing Blog That’s Really About G.M.

Startsandfits.com would like to draw your attention to a blog called The Housing Bubble. More interesting that the site’s speculation on the housing bubble is its frequent coverage of the slow implosion of General Motors, which includes this zinger of … Continue reading

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Building Up a Neighborhood

Ever since it started publishing, startsandfits.com has held a special place in its heart for developers or landlords who add stories to their buildings. This happens all the time in New York City, as seen above at 1705 First Avenue, … Continue reading

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A $15,000 Tent

Rising rents are forcing New Yorkers to devise all sorts of ingenious coping adaptations. As seen at right, a man has been camped out in a Harlem park for many days in a poorly hidden tent. He has had to … Continue reading

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First Wave of a Railroad Resurgence

As oil prices continue to climb with no relief in sight for at least the next two years, people will be turning more to railroads for transportation needs. Today, I learned that rail freight cars are filling up across the … Continue reading

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Seeing the Value of the City

Maurice R. “Hank” Greenberg, the 79-year-old multibillionaire who stepped down yesterday after 38 years as chief executive of the American International Group, is departing under a cloud of ethics questions and has reportedly hired a criminal defense lawyer. In the … Continue reading

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Elegance vs. a UFO From Planet Sprawl

The New York Times Real Estate section this morning carried wonderful news about parking lots throughout the city being bought up by real estate developers who are transforming them into residential buildings. In large areas all throughout the city, the … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Park Slope Neighbors

Startsandfits.com congratulates Park Slope Neighbors for waging a successful battle against a proposed drive-thru bank branch in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Concerned local residents were able to persuade Commerce Bank to redesign the proposed branch into a pedestrian-friendly corner building that … Continue reading

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A Farewell to the Dwyer Warehouse

Many if not most New Yorkers state that their favorite building in the city is the Chrysler Building. This view is not without merit, but since about 2000, Startsandfits.com’s favorite building in the city was a modest nine-story warehouse standing … Continue reading

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