My Neighbor Took a City Pigeon as a Pet. Is That Legal?

Pigeons have a terrible reputation among New Yorkers, but they can make surprisingly good pets.

By Ronda Kaysen

Q: I live in a Little Italy rental building. My neighbor has taken in a city pigeon as a pet. I believe she ties down the bird’s foot with a piece of string attached to a metal rolling grocery cart. Aside from the harm she may cause the bird, couldn’t a pigeon endanger the health of other tenants by, say, contaminating the water supply or spreading disease? Is such a pet safe or legal?

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Living on the Water

Houseboats can be a more affordable way to live near a city center.

By Alyson Krueger

When Aislyn Greene and Jeannie Cruz decided to buy a home last summer in the San Francisco area, they knew the suburbs wouldn’t be right for them. But they also quickly realized that living in a city center in the kind of home they wanted was way out of their budget.

“We were depressed and demoralized,” said Ms. Greene, an editor at Afar magazine in her late 30s. “We needed to do something fun.”

Ms. Cruz, a sonographer in her mid-40s, had noticed a community of houseboats in Sausalito during one of her sailing lessons. And that led the couple, on a lark, to tour a three-bedroom, two-bathroom, 1,000-square-foot house on the West Pier, where they fell in love with the beamed-roof living room and the light and views in every direction.

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Judith Leiber’s East Hampton Home Goes on the Market

The four-bedroom house of Mrs. Leiber and her husband, Gerson, is on 2 acres in Springs, N.Y., and is for sale at $3.9 million.

By Julie Satow

In 1956, Judith Leiber, the designer who would become famous for her whimsical handbags, and her husband, Gerson Leiber, who later achieved renown as an American modernist painter, bought a six-acre property in Springs, N.Y., a hamlet of East Hampton, for $10,000.

Together they began a decades-long construction effort that would eventually include a home, an art studio, a series of formal gardens and a museum. Now, much of this creation, including the couple’s four-bedroom house, Mr. Leiber’s studio, and several landscaped gardens, is up for sale.

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So You Want to Blow Out Your Brooklyn Brownstone

Meet Elizabeth Roberts, go-to architect for the open kitchen and other 21st-century modifications to 19th-century spaces.

By Steven Kurutz

Elizabeth Roberts lives in a four-story townhouse in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn that is light filled and lovely but not, strictly speaking, an “Elizabeth Roberts townhouse.” The entire ground floor hasn’t been turned into a glamorous kitchen with a marble-topped island the size of a small car, for instance.

Ms. Roberts’s kitchen is on the parlor floor, and rather modest, though she is installing Sapele mahogany counters. And the exterior brick wall of the 1866 house, where Ms. Roberts lives with her husband and young son, remains intact; it hasn’t been “blown out” in the back to create a glass-walled extension that amplifies the square footage and floods three stories with natural light.

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The Tax Break Was $260 Million. Benefit to the State Was Tiny: $155,520.

How a lawyer with deep connections to Democratic politicians in New Jersey helped to dole out hundreds of millions of dollars in state tax credits.

By Nick Corasaniti and Matthew Haag

It was called the Economic Opportunity Act, a measure intended to kick-start the sputtering post-recession economy in New Jersey, particularly in its struggling cities. The state would award lucrative tax breaks to businesses if they moved to New Jersey or remained in the state, creating and retaining jobs.

But before the bill was approved by the Legislature, a series of changes were made to its language in June 2013 that were intended to grant specific companies hundreds of millions of dollars in additionaltax breaks, with no public disclosure, according to interviews and documents obtained by The New York Times.

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The Power of a Nap, Metal-Heavy Accessories and More

T’s roundup of people, places and things to know now.

Bamboo is rhizomatic, meaning that unlike a single-trunked tree, it sends roots and shoots in all directions and can regrow when chopped down. It’s a concept that resonates with the sculptor Jiro Yonezawa, who lives on Japan’s mountainous Kyushu island. There, he weaves bamboo into intricate orbs and swooping formations, using techniques rooted in traditional Japanese basketry. “I like that I can cut a piece of bamboo and make whatever I want, and then go back a couple years later and there’s another piece to use,” says Yonezawa. “It has unlimited potential.”

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T Suggests: Gingham Handbags, a Shrine to Italian Design and More

A roundup of things our editors — and a few contributors — are excited about in a given week.

Each time I visit my parents’ house, I find myself mining the drawers of my childhood dresser for gems from the early aughts. Many of these items were bat mitzvah gifts — precious handbags, dainty pearl earrings — the kind of appropriate, just-so pieces that a 13-year-old could conceivably wear but that were more likely gifted with the future in mind. Coming of Age, the designer Amanda Lurie’s elegant and playfully nostalgic new line of accessories, reminds me of these beloved pieces.

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Art Is Where the Home Is

Two gallery shows make a case for the nourishing aspects of objects in artists’ lives.

By Roberta Smith

Artists are picky people. The objects they live with — furniture, artifacts, ceramics, works by other artists — are usually carefully chosen, and they look it. They highlight an artist’s personal or aesthetic connections (or both), and clarify the nourishment objects can give us. Two exhibitions in two downtown galleries, a few blocks apart, make this point in a fruitful reciprocity.

One show is “A Specific Eye: Seven Collections,” at Demisch Danant, a design gallery at 30 West 12th Street. The other is “Siobhan Liddell: Nobody’s World,” the main attraction at Gordon Robichaux, a gallery of contemporary art at 41 Union Square West, as well as the first New York solo in nearly a decade of the multimedia savant Siobhan Liddell, who paints and sculpts, among much else. The shows have Ms. Liddell and two other artists in common, but more than that, they form a meditation on some of the ways artists sustain themselves and their art.

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T Suggests: Perfect Quilts, a New (Affordable) Design Fair and More

A roundup of things our editors — and a few contributors — are excited about in a given week.

The artist Peter Shire’s rainbow-colored abstract sculptures often sell for more than the price of a modest car. But at Echo Park Pottery, his ceramics studio in Los Angeles, he also makes chunky, colorfully glazed mugs that go for under $100. Pieces from both parts of Shire’s practice will be for sale in New York next month at the new design fair Object & Thing, whose founder, Abby Bangser, a former artistic director of the Frieze art fairs, hopes to “break down the hierarchy between art and design objects by exhibiting everything equally together.” Held in the Brooklyn venue 99 Scott from May 3 to May 5, the event will showcase over 200 objects, consigned by 32 top-tier international galleries and created by a diverse range of artist-designers and designer-artists. There will be shaggy fabric-adorned chairs by the American painter Lucy Dodd, NASA-inspired vessels by the artist Tom Sachs, kachina dolls by the Navajo artists of Shiprock Santa Fe gallery, and fabric sculptures by the Brazilian artist Sonia Gomes.

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Tefaf Brings Masterpieces (and Tulips) to the Armory

The Dutch art fair, focusing on modern and contemporary art and design, has cemented itself as a key appointment on New York’s art calendar.

By Jason Farago

Art fairs used to be principally trade shows for specialist audiences, and few were more established and exclusive than the European Fine Art Fair — which each March lures museum directors and deep-pocketed connoisseurs to Maastricht, in the southern tip of the Netherlands. Now, fairs constitute a year-round global festival of commerce, chitchat and champagne sponsorship, and Tefaf has established a pair of smaller New York spinoffs: a fall edition focused on older art, and a spring show with a more modern orientation.

Three years in, Tefaf New York Spring has matured from an experiment into an appointment, with offerings of notably higher quality than most of its New York competitors. Though galleries of modern art dominate this spring jamboree, it’s also accented with furniture dealers, specialists in antiquities and a few lavish jewelers flogging all manner of drop earrings and diadems. Tefaf is also unique among art fairs for its rigorous vetting process, which involves dozens of experts combing the booths to authenticate the wares on offer.

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