Owner of EV explosion site looks to sell ahead of trial

Two years ago, a gas explosion destroyed three buildings on Second Avenue in the East Village and killed two people. Now, Maria Hrynenko, the owner of the lots the buildings once occupied, is looking to sell. But lawyers for the victims say their settlements could hang in the balance. Hrynenko — who faces second-degree manslaughter, ​criminally ​negligent homicide, assault and ...

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New novel imagines what would happen if someone tried to steal NYC architecture

John Freeman Gill has written extensively about architecture and real estate for the New York Times, The Atlantic, and Avenue. Below, you can read an excerpt from his first book,”The Gargoyle Hunters,” set in crumbling 1970s New York City. This selection brings to life the perils and high adventure of gargoyle hunting on top of the landmark Woolworth Building in 1974. Gill sat down ...

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Opening the doors to a forgotten Philip Johnson masterpiece

Architect Philip Johnson is best known for the Seagram Building, 550 Madison Avenue, the Lipstick Building, and the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. But the legendary modernist also designed a much smaller structure in NYC: a small house at 252 East 52nd Street. Built for Blanchette Rockefeller between 1949 and 1950, this small guest house is actually one ...

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Patrick Stewart fights for memorial on Brooklyn lot

Actor Patrick Stewart is once again boldly going where few men have gone before in his battle to create a memorial for Revolutionary War soldiers. Beneath an empty lot at 170 8th Street in Gowanus are supposedly the graves of soldiers from the Maryland 400 — men who held back invading British soldiers so that Gen. George Washington could retreat ...

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Inside Drake’s $8 million mansion

What does it mean to live like Drake, the No. 1 man in the rap game? The hip-hop superstar reveals himself in all his new music, including his latest project, “More Life,” which is touted as a “playlist” and includes some of the rapper and singer’s best tracks to date. He may not talk about the insane pool surrounded by ...

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