In an unexpected turn, Crain's reveals that the wood paneling from Tavern on the Greens Chestnut Room (which the city had unsuccessfully tried to claim ownership of in court) has been unexpectedly withdrawn from the auction, which ends today. Why? Because the city (through gritted teeth, no doubt) has cut a deal to buy the paneling (worth as much as $500,000) for an undisclosed sum. Some of the beautiful items that people have always enjoyed seeing in the restaurant will remain there, says a Parks Department spokesperson. Good to see that even if it cant agree with Tavern on the Green, the City can agree with Larry David: I respect wood. I revere wood. I'm considerate of wood.
Update: Video of the auction has hit the net. [YouTube]