Manhattan turf war: ‘Billionaires Row’ vs. homeless shelter

“We’re completely baffled by how this shelter was planned,” said Suzanne Silverstein, president of the West 58th Street Coalition, which is fighting the hotel-to-shelter conversion. Opponents say the homeless men could be a security risk for both pricey apartment owners and residents of older, rent-controlled buildings on West 58th Street, …

Why We Should Be Optimistic About Retail – The New York Times

Considering the likely liquidation of Toys “R” Us, the bankruptcy filings of Claire’s Stores and Nine West, you’d be forgiven for thinking that retail is dying. One major news outlet even forecast “The Death of Clothing.” As consultants who have lived and breathed retail for more than 25 years, we’re pained by such headlines, …

Celeb birthdays for April 21, 2018

Actor Charles Grodin is 83. Singer Iggy Pop is 71. Actress Patti LuPone is 69. Actor Tony Danza is 67. Actress Andie MacDowell is 60. Singer Robert Smith of The Cure is 59. Guitarist Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies is 59. Actor-director John Cameron Mitchell (”Hedwig and the Angry Inch”) …

Australians split over plans to trap urban peacocks – BBC News

City councils want to stop the bird population from growing and damaging the local ecosystem. The Australian capital is proposing a new law to deal with its increasingly problematic feral peafowl population, it’s reported. According to the Canberra Times, the ACT government is proposing an annual trapping programme to prevent the …