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$$$ Citigroup Says Instagram Is Worth $35 Billion [Dealbook] $$$ Elizabeth Warren Gets Her Own Folksong on Park Avenue [Bloomberg] $$$ Russia’s parliament rushes through bill boosting banking capital [Reuters] $$$ BlackBerry is gaining...Show More Summary

The 66-Year-Old Rave King of Wall Street

Photos by Sam Clarke As I walk into Bob Sillerman's Park Avenue office, there is no question as to what his favorite word is. It's spelled out inside a snow globe on his desk. It's represented in mylar FYYFF—Fuck You, You Fucking Fuck—balloons that wave in front of his windows, no doubt visible to the passersby six floors below. Show More Summary

Artist Douglas Gordon and pianist Hélène Grimaud flood Armory's Drill Hall with water, light, amd music

4 days agoArts : Artdaily

Turner-prize winning artist Douglas Gordon and acclaimed pianist Hélène Grimaud have collaborated to create a new site-specific, multidisciplinary commission for Park Avenue Armory?s 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall. Titled tears become... Show More Summary

The Building With New York's Future Most Expensive Apartment Looks Insanely Luxurious

Back in September, it was revealed that New York City’s new most expensive condo will be a $130 million triplex penthouse in the yet-to-be-completed 520 Park Avenue building. And though the city’s real estate community were all a-buzz, there were no renderings available of what the interior or the aforementioned penthouse will look like. Until now. Show More Summary

Park Slope’s Tea Lounge Will Close Sunday

Farewell, Darjeeling. Here's Park Slope has the news that Tea Lounge on Union Avenue will brew its last pots this weekend. Earlier neighborhood rumors suggested the space had been put on the market, and while the restaurant did not offer any reasons for the closing, it is encouraging past and current regulars to come by in the next few days. Show More Summary

Liquid Performance on a Rainy Night: At the Armory, tears become … streams become …

Tears become … streams become … opened at the Park Avenue Armory on a day when New York was totally waterlogged, a bit of timing that seemed ironic at first and then surreally deliberate. If, as we squelched into the great Drill Hall with steaming clothes and windblown hair, we... More »

New York Skyscraper Is China Buyers' Latest Property Deal

``Bank of China has agreed to pay nearly $600 million for 7 Bryant Park, a 28-story building being constructed on Sixth Avenue and 40th Street, according to people familiar with the matter... Chinese investors sat on the sidelines for years, eying deals but rarely pulling the trigger. Show More Summary

Profile Prominent Chicagoans for Michigan Avenue

Michigan Avenue is a signifier for Chicago natives and tourists alike. As the street that houses the Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park and the upscale shopping district known as the Magnificent Mile, it is a location that connotes culture and luxury. Show More Summary

Photos: Massive Park Avenue Armory Is Now Flooded, For Art

  Something astonishing has come to the Park Avenue Armory. In its Wade Thompson Drill Hall, a massive industrial cavern, two artists have collaborated in a new installation—and in doing so have created a new fluidic world. [ more ›...

Los Angeles, 1974

Reader Dave Patterson sent us a link to the 1974 photo above depicting what the Los Angeles Public Library calls the Chapman Building at the corner of West Sixth Street and Alexandria Avenue in Los Angeles with a packed parking lot in the foreground, and a little poking around on the LAPL site reveals a […]

Mend Thine Every Flaw Exhibition at Heaven Gallery

Located in the midst of Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park, Heaven Gallery, is exhibiting the work of Shawn Creeden, Marshall Elliott, and Rachael Starbuck. Heaven, a contemporary art gallery which serves as an exquisite, yet affordable, Vintage Shop during...

Ciao Bella Pizza is another cross-cultural surprise in Albany Park

One of the first food stories I ever wrote was about a pair of Argentine buddies who made terrific gelato and not so terrific pizza in a run down Lawrence Avenue storefront. The Penguin is, sadly, long gone but Lawrence Avenue is still capable of cross-cultural surprises.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Buy Some Racist Biologist's Nobel Prize At Christie's Today

Have you always thought a Nobel medal would make the perfect conversation piece in your Park Avenue pied-à-terre, but you're simply too dumb, ignorant or lazy to win one yourself? Are you too busy managing your hedge fund and re-configuring...Show More Summary

Pop-rocker's return | Crowdfunding for Dummies | Park Avenue Armory exhibit

Pop-rocker Aimee Mann comes back after a three-year hiatus with The Return of the Aimee Mann Christmas Show. She is joined by punk rocker and The Both bandmate Ted Leo as well as special guests,... To view the full story, click the title link.

New York: The Gansevoort Park Avenue Has Reinvented Its Rooftop Lounge

2 weeks agoTravel / Hotels : HotelChatter

We love hotel renovations nearly just as much as we love new hotels. But what we really love about hotel renovations is seeing the transformation that happens when an old, tired and lackluster room gets a modern makeover and transforms into new, spiffed-up, stylish guest room. Show More Summary

22-Year-Old Woman Struck By Driver In Central Park

A 22-year-old woman was struck by a car in Central Park this morning. The woman, whose name hasn't been released, was struck by a driver at 6th Avenue and Central Park South around 7:30 a.m. Friday. [ more › ]

For Alice Walton: What A Lovely Reminder Of The Spirit Of Giving

I'll bet her Park Avenue neighbors loved that! Not long after a Walmart manager in Midwest City, Okla., started a food donation campaign for her co-workers, Walmart heiress Alice Walton got an unexpected “gift” with a strong messageShow More Summary

A history of billionaire magnet 432 Park Avenue, Manhattan's tallest residential tower: "In previous

A history of billionaire magnet 432 Park Avenue, Manhattan's tallest residential tower: "In previous generations, when towers of this scale were erected, they were monuments to working. 432 Park, unlike the Chrysler Building, the World Financial Center, and the Empire State Building, is a monument to owning." Read more...

Food Donation Bin Chained To Walmart Billionaire's Park Avenue Condo

Walmart employs 1.4 million Americans, and pays roughly 800,000 of them less than $25,000/year [PDF]. Because this is barely enough money to live, Walmart workers turn to public assistance, which costs taxpayers $6.2 billion annually [PDF]. Show More Summary

Real-Life Stories from the Book Trade

And people say print is dead. The Basses have also tapped into New York’s great subsidizing resource: the global rich. If you’ve bought $15 million worth of living space on Park Avenue, it probably has a library, so what’s another $80,000...Show More Summary

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