Grapevine: Class warfare at a NYC condo building

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Class Segregation

A New York City condo building has involved itself in class warfare, planning separate entrances for those living in million-dollar units and people in more modest digs.

Developers of the building have applied for millions in tax breaks for offering 55 so-called affordable housing units with rent starting at about 60 percent of market value in that neighborhood. But, plans for the building show two doors, one for high rollers paying market value, and a separate door for the low-income tenants.

Critics are calling it a blatant case of class segregation. "You know that show 'Downton Abbey'? Where the servants have to come and go through separate entrances and bow their heads when they see a noble? There could be a version right here on the Upper West Side!," writes the West Side Rag.

The city is reviewing the developer's application to see if it qualifies for the tax break.

State of the Art

The woman who suffered worldwide embarrassment for her botched attempt to touch up a Spanish fresco of Jesus is coming out a winner after all. The now-disfigured image has become a major tourist attraction and money maker.

Eighty-one-year-old Cecelia Gimenez was trying to fix some chipped paint. The end result made headlines. But an official in Borja, Spain, says the fresco has drawn more than 40,000 tourists to the tiny town in the past year, raising more than $66,000 for charity.

Plans are now in the works to market merchandise with the botched image.

Defining 'Emergency'

An inopportune time for a cable outage forced a Connecticut police department to remind residents: Don't call 911 unless you have a real emergency.

The cable went out Sunday night in Fairfield, Connecticut, and some surrounding towns during a much-anticipated episode of "Breaking Bad" and a Red Sox game. Some viewers who couldn't get through to the cable company dialed 911.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hi, I'm just trying to figure out what's going on, we have no TV.

911 OPERATOR: Ma'am, this is not a life-threatening emergencies.



Fairfield Police posted this message on their Facebook page: "This is neither an emergency or a police-related concern. Misuse of the 911 system may result in an arrest."