Weekly News: Saturday Links

Alfa Development in Contract to Buy Former Hershey Factory in Chelsea (The Real Deal) The Hershey Chocolate Factory’s old building at 117-119 West 21st Street is currently abandoned, but a $12 million acquisition by Alfa could change that.

Design Fail (On Purpose) (Buzz Buzz Home) Robert Rickhoff, a German artist, creates images that aren’t quite what they seem.

How Small is Too Small? (The New York Times, Opinion) The latest concept for vertical living in spaces as small as parking spots may be pushing it just a little too far.

Steel Magnate With $95M CPW Listing Buys Rothschild Mansion (Curbed) Leroy Schecter, an 85-year old tycoon, has closed on the Rothschild Mansion at 41 East 70th Street for a mere $25 million.

Two Hotels, Both by Kaufman, Slated for Schermerhorn (The Brownstoner) Kaufmanitis seems to have taken hold across the East River, where the prolific mind of poor design has two new hotels in the works.

UWS City Council District Could See Big Changes Under Redistrictin (West Side Rag) Gerrymandering is a fine art, and New York politicians are no stranger to the concept, evident in current and proposed plans for City Council districts on the Upper West Side.

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