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With its continued popularity, Madison Square Park is called the “Other Central Park” by The Observer

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Madison Square Park LawnThe Observer recently wrote up a piece called The Other Central Park: Madison Square Park’s Residential Renaissance that is worth a read.

They look at the rise and fall and rise again of the One Madison ultra-luxury condo tower, now claiming resident owners such as Tom Brady & Giselle, plus Rupert Murdoch, as well as the flourishing restaurant scene and other residential projects to show how Madison Square Park is becoming one of the (of not the) premier residential neighborhoods in New York City.

Mr. Murdoch’s choice of Madison Square Park represents perhaps the most heavyweight endorsement to date of the neighborhood, which has, in the last few years, become known as a favorite of celebrities.

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Cosme Mexican restaurant from Chef Enrique Olvera to open in the Flatiron in June

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35 east 21stStar Mexican chef Enrique Olvera (of Pujol in Mexico City) will open a creative yet casual Mexican restaurant called Cosme in the Flatiron at 35 East 21st Street in June reports Eater.

Tortillas will come from a tortilleria he will open in Brooklyn. Eater and Food & Wine report that dishes will include things like sea urchin tostadas, green spearmint mole with fried cauliflower, tortilla soup and chiliquilla with burrata, but also favorites like guacamole and margaritas. For those curious about his menu at Pujol, here it is: www.pujol.com.mx/en/carta.html

This is the latest Mexican influenced restaurant to hit the neighborhood, with ABC Cocina on 19th Street and the upcoming Cafe El Presidente on 24th Street.

We will review Cosme once it opens in June.

[Side note: This building is also the HQ for Tumblr.]

 

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LEGO flagship store off of Madison Square Park to open in July

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We hear from the Real Deal (via reader and local agent Adie) that the new LEGO flagship store at 200 5th Avenue right across from Madison Square Park will open in mid-July. It’s the corner space previously held by Fidelity (next to Marimekko and Eataly). Bringing one of the greatest toy companies ever to the neighborhood is an awesome addition (fittingly in what was once called the Toy Building). LEGO is one of the most timeless and creative toys in existence. Kids get ready!

And now that they will be in the neighborhood, maybe they can make a Flatiron Building LEGO set, just like they have the LEGO Empire State Building.

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The flowers are blooming in Madison Square Park

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flowers flatiron

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Woman attempts to kidnap baby out of stroller in Chelsea (UPDATE: Suspect in Custody)

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Via NYPD

Via NYPD

[UPDATE 4/19: Several sources report that the NYPD has taken into custody 46 year old Tara Anne McDonald for this attempted kidnapping.

Unbelievably, this woman has apparently been arrested "12 times in New York City, including five attempted kidnappings and two actual kidnappings dating back to 1994. She’s also been arrested for robbery, disorderly conduct, felony assault, petit larceny and DWI. She had three additional arrests in Nassau County and one in Florida, police said. McDonald served more than a year in prison for an attempted kidnapping in 1998, police said."

If convicted, I think it is time she stays in jail and gets psychiatric help.]

chelsea baby kidnapping sketchA woman allegedly attempted to grab an 8 month old baby out of a stroller near 8th Avenue and 17th Street in Chelsea on Thursday around 4pm. We don’t normally report on things outside of the Madison Square Park vicinity, but given the nature of the crime, we wanted to alert parents and nannies of babies that this crazy woman is out there. (She somehow got away)

The woman allegedly approached the baby and nanny and started talking to them, then grabbed at the stroller and tried to walk away with it and the baby. The nanny and a nearby UPS driver were able to get the stroller back. She was reportedly wearing a beige coat and hat, with jeans and appeared to be in her 50′s and possibly homeless.

If you have information or know this woman call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

 

 

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