Murray Hill in the News, March—July 2016

Friday, June 3, 2016

July 6, 2016, DNAinfo, Traffic Disrupted After Bricks Fall From Murray Hill Townhouse, by Ben Fractenberg. The bricks fell from 136 E. 38th Street at Lexington Avenue. No one was injured and the Department of Buildings was asked to inspect the stability of the building. The building was on the market in 2012 for nearly $4 million, when it was listed by Robert De Niro's son, Raphael De Niro.

July 1, 2016, Updated July 5, DNAinfo, 30th Street Shelter Resident Robs Man at Knifepoint for $8, Police say, by Noah Hurowitz, A homeless man staying at a troubled Kips Bay men’s shelter robbed another man at knifepoint…Officers caught up with Jemison…at the 30th Street Men’s Shelter, located at 400 E. 30th St…The facility has been the focus of complaints from residents and lawmakers in recent months.

June 30, 2016, Updated July 1, DNAinfo. Trader Joe's Hiring at New Third Avenue Location Set to Open in August, by Noah Hurowitz. The Trader Joe’s coming to Third Avenue is set to open in August and is hiring for all positions…The new market, located at East 32nd Street and Third Avenue… will replace a Food Emporium that shut its doors in January 2015, a loss that was compounded when the D’Agostino’s at East 35th Street and Third Avenue closed in April.

June 29, 2016, NextDoor-MurrayHill/YIMBY, 36-story, 372-unit residential tower being constructed at 225 East 39th Street, by Reid Wilson (shared by Anoop Punjabi). The 36-story, 372-unit residential tower being constructed at 225 East 39th Street, located on Tunnel Exit Street between East 39th and 40th streets in Murray Hill, has topped out…The building measures 373,248 square feet in its entirety, and its residential units, which will be rental apartments, should average 922 square feet apiece. Twenty percent of the units, or 75, will rent at below-market rates through the affordable housing lottery. Amenities include a fitness center, a children’s playroom, tenant lounges, a café, a library, a landscaped courtyard, and a recreational area on the 35th floor. Fisher Brothers is the developer, and Handel Architects is behind the architecture. Completion can probably be expected later this year.

June 21, 2016, , See video: Watch The Chaotic Bryant Park Lawn Rush For The First Movie Night Of Summer, by Jen Carlson.

June 17, 2016,, MTA Plans to Build Ventilation Plant Under Park Avenue, by Noah Hurowitz. Article about the MTA NYC Transit proposed Emergency Ventilation Plant under Park Avenue’s northbound lanes between 34th and 42nd in Murray Hill.

June 15, 2016, DNAinfo, More Than 1,000 New Condos on Way to FiDi by 2020, Report Says, by Irene Plagianos, updated on June 17, 2016. There will be a lot more skyscrapers in the city's skyline by 2020, according to a new report… Midtown… is expecting 1,229 new condos.

June 10, 2016 updated on June 13, DNAinfo, Murray Hill Eatery Closes as Developer Extell Plans to Demolish Building, by Noah Hurowitz. La Giara, an Italian restaurant at 501 Third Ave., shuttered last week—a month after learning that Extell Development Company had moved forward with demolition plans for his property and that of a neighbor, 499 Third Ave., at the corner of East 34th Street, according to the business and public records. ..Extell bought the two buildings for a combined $16 million in December from the family-owned Duell Management, and filed for demolition permits for the 5-story building at 501 Third Ave. and the three-story building at 499 Third Ave. in April, public records show.

June 5, 2016, NY Post, City’s last original grocer quietly shopping Manhattan stores, by Lisa Fickenscher. D’Agostino, one of the city’s last independent, family-owned grocers, has been quietly shopping its remaining nine Manhattan stores, The Post has learned. The 84-year-old business had 13 stores a year ago—down from 26 at its peak—and has closed several this year alone. It’s getting squeezed by Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, FreshDirect and other rivals, as well as leases that were too expensive to renew. Note: The D’Agostino’s on 3rd Avenue at 35th Street is closed.

May 22, 2016, New York Times, Too Tall, Too Big, Too Crowded—Which Buildings Could Not be Built Today, by Quoctrung Bui, Matt A.V. Chaban and Jeremy White.

May 13, 2016 updated May 16,, Fashionable Robber Strikes Another Santander Bank, by Noah Hurowitz. The robber, wearing a bike helmet and reflective shades, robbed Santander Bank at 711 Third Ave. between East 44th and East 45th streets…The robbery came two months after his previous appearance, on March 8, when he stole more than $2,000 from a Santander Bank at 250 Lexington Ave. between East 34th and Eat 35th streets.

May 14, 2016,, City Will Replace Blinding LED Streetlights, by Miranda Katz. New York City's lights...[have] been getting brighter, as the city's begun converting its 250,000 streetlights to energy-efficient LED bulbs over the past year. Those new lights quickly drew the wrath of residents, who compared the lights' glare to a prison yard ... Now, after over a year of fielding complaints, the city is replacing those 78-watt bulbs with lower-intensity 64-watt bulbs…According to the NY Post, the city received some 150 complaints about the 78-watt bulbs, which have only been installed in a tenth of the city's streetlights so far. The 64-watt bulbs will reportedly prevent the glare from the lights extending above the horizon…According to de Blasio, if the lights on your block are still too bright, call 311, and the city will send a crew to make the switch to a 64-watt bulb.

May 12, 2016, DNAinfo, Security Cameras Finally Coming to Bellevue Shelter After Murder, City Says, by Noah Hurowitz. The 30th Street Men’s Shelter, a city-operated homeless shelter at First Avenue and 30th Street, will get 230 new security cameras, according to an aide to Councilwoman Rosie Mendez. The agency went under fire in April after one resident fatally slashed the throat of his roommate...Police later arrested the accused murderer.

May 5, 2016, DNAinfo, Teens of Troubled City Shelter Attack Pizza Shop Workers, Police Say, by Noah Hurowitz. A pair of teenage residents of the troubled First Avenue Children's Center attacked workers at a local pizza shop, according to police, an incident that came amid a push by the city to move older teens out of the facility. Both teens were residents of the Children's Center, at 492 First Ave., also known as the Nicholas Scoppetta Center.

May 3, 2016,, Quintessential NYC Grocery Chain Fairway Files For Bankruptcy, by Ben Yakas. Fairway filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this week with a plan to implement a financial restructuring (to the tune of $140M) and free up money to spend on technology and other upgrades. Fairway's 15 stores, which include…one in Kips Bay at 2nd Avenue at 30st Street, shouldn't be affected.

April 29, 2016, Nextdoor-Murray Hill, shared by Anoop Punjabi, The NYU Langone Medical center is set to open a new facility in Midtown East, leasing an entire office property from the Columbia Property Trust. NYU Langone signed a 30-year agreement to take 390,000 square feet of space at 222 East 41st, including all 25 floors, the lobby, common areas and the parking garage…The hospital network is set to move in at the end of this year, after the current tenant, law firm Jones Day, departs in October.

April 25, 2016,, A curry hill favorite…Inside Kalustyan's Specialty Food Store, NYC's Disney World of Food, by Regina Schrambling.

April 8, 2016, New York Times, Before the Trumps There Were the Wendels, by Julie Satow. In the early 20th century, the Wendels were perhaps the most powerful landlords in New York City, a dynasty with more than 150 properties in Manhattan worth over $1 billion in today’s dollars. The Wendels, all unmarried, lived as recluses in a house at the northwest corner of Fifth Avenue and 39th Street. All that remains is a plaque.

April 6, 2016, New York Daily News, Pfizer's tax-ducking $160B merger with rival Allergan called off as U.S. Treasury Department announces rigid new guidelines, By Larry McShane. Pfizer is currently headquartered on East 42nd St. in Manhattan.

March 10, 2016, CBS New York, Three people were injured when a taxi jumped a curb at 1st Avenue at 33rd Street.

February 29, 2016, New York Times, Woman, 77, Fatally Struck by Livery Cab in Midtown, by Noah Remnick. Also CBS New York, Livery Cab Driver Charged In Death Of Woman Hit While Crossing Street On Manhattan’s East Side, Steve Langford. The accident occurred at Madison Avenue & 36th Street.



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