Masters degrees in real estate boom in popularity, Citigroup debuts Union Square retail branch … and more

December 16, 2010 08:30AM

1. Masters degrees in real estate boom in popularity [NYT]
2. Small Williamsburg businesses, struggling to cope with rent hikes, push for city regulation [Brooklyn Ink]
3. Citigroup debuts 10,000-square-foot Union Square retail branch [WSJ]
4. State investigating attorney and client over questionable broker commissions at the Rushmore [WSJ]
5. Oprah pal Gayle King spotted apartment hunting at 535 West End Avenue [Post, 5th item]
6. Website says: throw away the keys and unlock your door using Foursquare [NYO]
7. Mary J. Blige shopping for real estate, has similar taste to J-Vanka [Post, 2nd item]
8. Ice-skating rink taking shape at the the Standard Hotel [Curbed]
9. Winick’s Lori Shabtai gets Park Avenue townhouse for $10M in divorce settlement with husband, Benny [NYO]
10. Usher eyes two penthouse units at 20 Pine Street [Post, 1st item]
11. Furniture retailer Lillian August opens first Manhattan outpost [Editor At Large]
12. founder Sam Hamadeh lists $5M Gramercy loft that starred in “Gossip Girl” and “Law & Order” [Post, 4th item]
13. Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner’s Amagansett estate hits the market [Dan’s Papers]

14. OTB officials ask court to dismiss bankruptcy proceeding, putting workers’ health benefits at risk [NYDN]

15. Violin wunderkind David Garrett lists 254 Park Avenue South spread for $1.35M [Post, 3rd item]

16. Fire breaks out on Plaza Hotel rooftop [DNAinfo]