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The penthouse of 432 Park Avenue – a residential skyscraper soon to be the tallest building in New York City (at 396m, 9.1m taller than One World Trade Centre).

Built on the $440 million site of the 1926 Drake Hotel, the development is due for completion next year.

104 apartments ranging in price from $16.96 million to $82.5 million.


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A $25 million 3-bed, duplex penthouse on Central Park South.

Monthly taxes: $4,171. Annual maintenance charge: $6,248.

A steal in the current frisky market.

22 Central Park South: $24,910,000 (Corcoran Group)



A  video of the dapper-suited, Manchester-born street seller extraordinaire Joe ‘the Gentleman Peeler’ Ades doing his thing at New York’s Union Square in 2008.

Such was his charm* that, for sixteen years, peelers funded not only his trademark bespoke suits but also a three-bed apartment on plush Park Avenue.

Since his death in 2009 at age 75, Joe’s daughter Ruth Ades-Laurent has taken his place.

(* We’ll take the five…)

(Photo by Trevor Little)



[A St Patrick’s Day protest by the LGBT community on Fifth Avenue in New York in 2012, over the LGBT parade ban]

Guinness has withdrawn its sponsorship from the New York St Patrick’s Day parade because of the ban on openly gay and lesbian groups marching.

Boston Beer Company (which produces Samuel Adams Lager) pulled their sponsorship from the parade in Boston for the same reason, while Heineken has also withdrawn it’s support from the New York City parade.

The Guardian reports:

“Guinness has a strong history of supporting diversity and being an advocate for equality for all. We were hopeful that the policy of exclusion would be reversed for this year’s parade,” the brewer said in a written statement issued by a spokesman for its UK parent company, Diageo.

“As this has not come to pass, Guinness has withdrawn its participation. We will continue to work with community leaders to ensure that future parades have an inclusionary policy,” Guinness said.

Previously: Meanwhile On Fifth Avenue

Guinness pulls out of New York’s St Patrick’s Day parade over gay rights (Guardian)

Pic: Stephen O’Farrell


Frenetic buskers Too Many Zooz rock out at Union Square Station in New York.

The video has been up on Reddit for some days, but if you haven’t seen it yet, prepare for a treat.

These chaps are somewhat nifty.

(H/T: Ross Coughlan)


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Sheila Larkin writes:

My sister bought these in Brooklyn yesterday… fertile green fields. Should they have not been “lovingly” hand picked, no? Just me then ;)


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Photographer Christopher Morris’s shots of the NY subway 33 years ago – the grimy, crime-ridden, tag-covered face of what, until a crackdown by the NYPD and Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy in the late 90s, was one of America’s most dangerous cities.

(Top pic: An original chalk drawing by the late artist Keith Haring. Bottom pic; two vigilante ‘Guardian Angels’ )



The independently-produced Irish feature film ‘Trampoline’ has won the Best Narrative Feature award at this year’s Williamsburg Independent Film Festival in Brooklyn, New York.

The small Irish drama set and shot in Tipperary – about Angie Corbett returning to her hometown after getting a teaching job at her old secondary school – was made on a budget of less than €1,000.

It was written and directed by Tom Ryan and produced by Claire Gormley.



Yosef Lerner writes:

“In New York City, subway conductors have to point at a black and white sign. At every hour of the day. At every stop. On every train. Like they’re some sort of automated robot that just happens to go home to families and children and processes complex human emotion. They do this to show that they’ve fully arrived on the platform. Conductors spend their whole day in that small booth, alone. It is incredibly loud, and they get minimal human contact. We decided to show our appreciation for their work.”

Music: Patrick Lee – Quittin’ Time