Six Degrees of Vinny Gorgeous: NYPD Chief’s Mob Ties

Thanks for your patience while we made some back-end improvements over the past week. You’ll (hopefully) notice that things look a little cleaner and the color schemes have been retooled.

As we get ready for the snow, we catch up a bit and check in for some interesting architectural tales from Manhattan.

Today’s News

Six Degrees of Vinny Gorgeous: NYPD Chief’s Mob Ties NYPD Assistant Chief Edward Delatorre scooped up multiple mob-connected properties after federal law enforcement agencies crippled the Bonanno crime family in the late 2000’s. (WNYC)

Why One School Lives as Another Dies in the Same Building There’s a gap between the New Millennium Business Academy Middle School, on the second floor, and Junior High School 145 Arturo Toscanini, on the fourth. (New York Times)

Harlem Bodega Worker Whips Pepper Mill-Wielding Attacker A fearless bodega worker used a tangle of wires to whip a pepper mill-wielding attacker who tried to rob the store, police and the employee said. (DNAinfo)

Harlem Bodega Worker Whips Pepper Mill-Wielding Attacker

In Brooklyn, Police Find Toppled Tombstones, but No Crime The question of whether Washington Cemetery was part of this moment in history began on March 4, when a passer-by noticed the fallen stones and called the Shomrim, the Orthodox Jewish patrol society. (New York Times)

In Brooklyn, Police Find Toppled Tombstones, but No Crime


Alleged sexual assault of 9-year-old girl prompts UWS school to cut ties with program that employed suspect A private school cut ties with an outside after-school program after accusations surfaced that a basketball instructor sexually assaulted a girl. (The Daily News)

2-month-old girl dies after mom rolls over her while asleep in Harlem Police are investigating the death of Kourtny Williams, who was unconscious and unresponsive when officers arrived at the Harlem building. (The Daily News)

Vicious assault of 24-year-old man caught on camera in Manhattan appears to be completely random The assailants knocked Franco to the ground as he tried to block their blows with a bag of garbage he grabbed, video shows. (The Daily News)

Ex-janitor of Staten Island hospital returns with bat to attack boss A janitor fired from a Staten Island hospital showed up there Sunday with a metal baseball bat and cracked a former supervisor’s skull, police sources said. (The Daily News)

Local Color & History

The Marble Palace Was Home to NYC’s (and the Nation’s) First Department Store During the 19th century, 280 Broadway was one of the most influential and celebrated buildings in New York. (Untapped Cities)

Who Needs Manhattan? Hanging With the Locals on Bell Boulevard Residents of Bayside, Queens, head to a cluster of lively bars and restaurants in the neighborhood’s main commercial strip. (New York Times)

The Gosta Kraemer Store – No. 24 West 23rd Street Four stories tall above an English basement, it boasted extras like the carved and paneled archititrave framing of the windows, topped with ledge-like cornices. (Daytonian in Manhattan)

The Gosta Kraemer Store – No. 24 West 23rd Street

Twins Born Years Apart — Nos. 150 and 152 Chambers Street In 1989, as was the case with so many vintage Tribeca loft buildings, Nos. 150-152 Chambers Street was converted to apartments above the store level. (Daytonian in Manhattan)

Twins Born Years Apart — Nos. 150 and 152 Chambers Street

Photos c. 1915: At Broad Channel These photos were produced to show off the rustic comforts that a visitor to Broad Channel could expect — a sleepy seaside idyll just a short train ride from the stifling towers of Manhattan. (Retronaut)

A Staten Island Urban Farmer Two residents farm land between two apartment buildings in Stapleton, Staten Island. (New York Times)

Real Estate & Development

Three-Bedroom Duplex in Grand Clinton Hill Italianate Mansion Asks $6,000 a Month This three-bedroom Clinton Hill duplex offers a chance to live in a circa 1850 Italianate mansion on a lovely stretch of Clinton Avenue. (Brownstoner)

Three-Bedroom Duplex in Grand Clinton Hill Italianate Mansion Asks $6,000 a Month

1,300-unit South Bronx waterfront development revealed Renderings were revealed for two all market-rate waterfront developments in the South Bronx‘s Mott Haven neighborhood; collectively they will feature 1,300 new units. (The Architects Newspaper)

Lower Manhattan will get an 800-foot condo tower Developers are planning to bring affordable luxury to the site at 130 William Street (Curbed)

Lower Manhattan will get an 800-foot condo tower

Six-Story, Six-Unit Residential Building Coming to 141 Green Street, Greenpoint Demolition permits were filed in November of 2016. (NY YIMBY)

Here’s where art on the facade of the Brooklyn Heights library will go The new tower, designed by New York’s Marvel Architects, will add 133 condos, retail space, and a STEM lab for young people in the neighborhood. (The Architects Newspaper)


Whole Foods May Be Opening Huge New Outpost In Midtown West The grocery store would take over parts of the ground floor and a plaza level, with a build-out paid for by the landlord. (Curbed)

Upper West Side Favorite Jacob’s Pickles Closed Indefinitely After Fire The fire broke out in the building next door to Jacob’s, and at the time, a spokesman with the restaurant at 509 Amsterdam Ave. estimated that it would reopen in about a week. (Eater)

Queens Planet Waste boss’ bankruptcy claims has workers worried about future A dispute between two unions has taken hold of Planet Waste, a debris carting facility, in Maspeth, Queens. (The Daily News)

Food & Drink

Butterfunk Kitchen Is Driven by Soul Food and Built on Memories At Butterfunk Kitchen, the deviled eggs are made wickeder by breading and deep-frying the whites, crunchy veneer giving way to wobble. (New York Times)

(Feature photo, Thomas Altfather Good; Other photos: Google Street View)

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