Nolitan hotel to go ahead with scheduled opening despite zoning violations, Ratner responds to safety concerns over Downtown Beekman Tower site … and more

February 12, 2010 08:25AM

1. “Law & Order” star Benjamin Bratt sells Greenwich Village co-op for $2.5M [WSJ, 3rd item]
2. Nolitan hotel to go ahead with scheduled opening despite zoning violations [Downtown Express]
3. Meet the “Best Looking Broker Downtown,” according to Craigslist ad [Curbed]
4. Ratner responds to safety concerns over Downtown Beekman Tower project site [Downtown Express]

5. Fannie and Freddie bonds yield at lowest levels in 17 years [Bloomberg]
6. Independence Plaza North attorney under fire for public rent-stabilization comments [Downtown Express]
7. Bronx co-op hit with lawsuit from late resident’s son after throwing out possessions [NYDN]
8. Asphalt Green to build new $55M community center in Battery Park City [Downtown Express]

9. LES and Village residents spar with bar owners over liquor licensing enforcement at community forum [The Villager]
10. Chinatown community members tackle zoning, luxury high-rises at public meeting [Downtown Express]
11. Landmarks Preservation Committee approves work on two Downtown Brooklyn historic buildings [YourNabe]

12. When do banks have recourse in strategic defaults? [WSJ]
13. Several Downtown Catholic schools to close after low enrollment [Downtown Express]