Guard at the Met Wounded When Gun Goes Off

Shortly before 3 p.m., a single shot rang out at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Not in the the Russell B. Aitken Gallery of firearms, where the 16th-century double-barreled wheellock pistol made for Emperor Charles V and the 17th-century gilded French flintlock are housed.

It was down in a basement locker room, where a security guard cleaning his .38-caliber Colt accidentally shot himself in the leg.

The guard, whose injuries were not life-threatening, is one of a limited number at the museum authorized to carry weapons, said Harold Holzer, a spokesman for the museum. They are not allowed to take them out of the building, Mr. Holzer said, so they maintain and clean them on the premises.

Mr. Holzer emphasized that the incident happened “deep underground, with no visitors or public around.”

He said that the guard, whose name was not immediately released, was being treated at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and that he “appears to be O.K.”

Mr. Holzer declined to reveal where the gun-carrying guards are stationed at the museum.

“They’re routed every day in a different place and we don’t really disclose how they’re assigned,” he said.

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Big Ticket | Sold for $12,600,000

A 13-room Park Avenue co-op that sold for $12.6 million was the biggest sale of the week, according to city records.

The transaction at 941 Park is a reminder of the continuing allure of Old World properties at classic addresses, even as flashier new condominiums downtown and on the West Side hit record prices week after week.

At the time 941 Park Avenue was built, in 1928, it represented the height of opulence. In terms of space and details, it can hold its own against many of the newer offerings around the city.

“A private elevator vestibule opens to a stately 28-foot-long foyer leading to a magnificently proportioned living room with a wood-burning fireplace,” the listing read. “Currently, the master bedroom suite is combined with the adjacent bedroom and is used as a custom-fitted dressing room.”

The owners of the apartment, Morad Ghadamian, a carpet importer, and his wife, Sima, sought $12.9 million when they listed their five-bedroom home, a duplex on the seventh and eighth floors.

The buyers were Lance Rosen, a hedge fund manager, and his wife, Diane, according to city records.

Dolly Lenz, a top broker at Prudential Douglas Elliman, handled the sale. She said the Rosens had considered good karma to be an important element in the sale. Sellers and buyers met and liked each other, which helped to seal the deal.

“They saw the happiness in the family that was selling,” Ms. Lenz said. “And they only wanted to buy something where there was not a negative story attached, like a divorce or something.”

In the past, 941 Park has attracted some of the city’s wealthiest and most influential people, including the NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw and the Goldman Sachs chief executive Lloyd C. Blankfein, both of whom recently sold their homes in the building.

Meanwhile, although the $12.6 million deal was the week’s largest sale of an apartment to a new owner, another transaction topped it.

Clementina S. Flaherty, an author who recently went through a high-profile divorce from William Flaherty, a zinc magnate, secured control of the couple’s duplex apartment at 1040 Fifth Avenue for $13 million.

Considering that the two, when still together in 2008, had briefly listed the 10-room apartment in the Rosario Candela building for $43 million, it seems that Ms. Flaherty’s $13 million investment could be worth her while, should she decide to move on.

Big Deal includes closed sales from the previous week, ending Wednesday.

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On the Sidewalk, Peddling a Street Game

Amid the noonday bustle on Flatbush Avenue – just off the tables piled with paperbacks or perfume – Darryl Jones worked the crowd.

“Skelly courts!” went his patter. “Twenty-first century Skelly courts!”

Side Street

David Gonzalez reports from corners of the city in words and pictures.

Well, actually they’re from the last century, which is when Mr. Jones patented a version of Skelly, the street game that generations of kids played in the middle of the street, sending wax-filled bottlecaps zooming from square to square. Back then, people thought his patent was crazy.

Fast forward into the next century. Mr. Jones, 51, a k a Skelly D, is doing brisk business, selling the game, at $20 a pop, where else — on the street, outside the Five Guys burger joint off Nevins.

“I know this area,” he said. “So many people are around here, and they come from all over Brooklyn. Selling to them is like planting seeds. They play the game, their friends see it and then they want one too. And so on and so on. It keeps me from having to worry about a 9 to 5.”

His version of the game – and what earned him the patent – consists of plastic and ball-bearing pieces that are played on a court made from vinyl squares that can be arranged to fit most anywhere. He went through various versions and materials until he settled on the current model, which went into production in China with the help of several investors in 2005, and none too soon.

“It almost broke me,” he admitted. “It took me to the bottom. I had to get outside and get the momentum going.”

One recent morning, he sold about 20 of the games in half an hour. Mike Van Zandt stopped by the sidewalk display, craned his neck and reached into his pocket while asking how much.

“It’ll give me something to do outside,” said Mr. Van Zandt. “Man, I played this as a kid in Brooklyn, baby, Brooklyn. The best tops were the ones we made from the bottom of school chairs. We got in trouble, but man, they were heavy. When we hit the other guy, it went BAM!”

When five hard-hats walked by, the neatly packaged boxes caught their eyes. Immediately, Mr. Jones slashed the price to $15 and sold five sets. Soon, another customer showed up, wanting to buy the game for her nephew.

“This helps kids with numbers and concentration and gives them something to do instead of just watching television or playing video games,” said the customer, Stella Felder. “This nourishes their mind.”

Mr. Jones, who lives in New Jersey, but is originally from Brooklyn, hopes it will nourish his bank account. In addition to the game he sells on the street, he has teamed up with some West Coast investors to develop phone and iPad Skelly apps. Having faced down the doubters before, he is pretty calm these days. He sees it as being true to a higher calling, leaving a legacy for his children.

“If I just wanted to make fast money, I would’ve sold the patent,” he said. “But this is for my son and grandchildren. I want them to get royalties from the family business. That’s when my grandson will know the real pleasure of Skelly – when the money comes flowing in.”

He might also have some help with that last goal. In recent months he’s learned about several bootleg versions of his game being sold, all of which infringe his patent.

“I’m not stressing, but I know they’re illegal,” he said. “When my business is stabilized, I’ll see them. I hope they make a lot of money until then, so when I take them to court it won’t be a waste of my time.”

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Morning Buzz, April 20: A Crackdown in City Parks

Good morning. Today will bring clear, sunny skies, with a high of 71 degrees.

Here’s what we’re reading this morning, starting with the N.Y./Region section in The Times:

Police and F.B.I. officials spent Thursday searching a SoHo basement for traces of Etan Patz, a 6-year-old who disappeared on his way to school over three decades ago. The revived investigation intrigued onlookers in the high-end Manhattan neighborhood with a less-than-glamorous past.

The city’s health department has halted expansion of a program that serves breakfast in classrooms at over 20 percent of the city’s public schools, citing a risk of obesity for some students who also eat breakfast at home.

Beginning this summer, livery cabs will be able to legally pick up street hails in Upper Manhattan and the outer boroughs.

Binghamton University, of the State University of New York system, has halted all sorority and fraternity pledging amid concerns of hazing.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced stricter licensing requirements for crane operators on Thursday, three weeks after a fatal crane accident. The union that represents crane operators has expressed its opposition.

Part of a $40 million gift — the largest ever donated to a city park — will go toward  a new field house in Brooklyn Bridge Park that will include an indoor bicycling track.

Amid accusations of diverting Jewish votes from an opponent and a past charge of arson, Jeffrey Gottlieb will not run for the Democratic nomination in the Sixth Congressional District in Queens, according to a source close to his campaign.


A young chef at the Museum of Modern Art was fatally shot for his iPhone in the Riverdale section of the Bronx early Thursday morning. [New York Post]

The city’s Department of Environmental Protection supports resistance to the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s call to reduce sewage overflows into Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal. [Daily News]

The JPMorgan Chase Foundation will donate $2.5 million to a nonprofit organization that will use the money to open six new public schools. [Crain’s New York]

The city’s comptroller, John C. Liu, expressed disappointment in the continuous cost to taxpayers of servicing Staten Island ferries with a history of mechanical malfunctions. [Staten Island Advance]

Columbia University has hired questionable contractors for construction of its controversial West Harlem campus. [Daily News]

The city’s parks department is increasing its issuance of summonses for smoking in parks, which was banned last year. [Metro]

The Sunday brunch crowd in Williamsburg may have to move indoors until after noon. [New York Post]

Center fielder Curtis Granderson became the first Yankee to hit three home runs in one game at the new Yankee Stadium on Thursday night. [ESPN]

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