RFP issued for better food in NYC parks, Nicole Kidman buys fourth-floor unit at 200 11th Avenue … and more

January 12, 2011 05:05PM

1. Experts say now is a great time to make home improvements [CBS]
2. Parks Department puts in request for proposal to get food upgraded in city parks [New York Street Food]
3. While new design guidelines for parks plan for greater space for biking and walking [Streets Blog]

4. More people moved out of New Jersey in 2010 than any other state [CBS] 

5. Joseph Moinian and Goldman Sachs hire Eastdil Secured to sell office building at 245 Fifth Avenue [Post] 

6. Grand Hyatt hotel undergoing $130 million renovation [NYT] 

7. Closings resume at the Apthorp, with units going for up to 40 percent off asking prices [Curbed]
8. The story of Hedilberto Sánchez, the construction worker killed by scaffolding at Elmhurst site [NYT] 

9. Nicole Kidman buys fourth-floor unit at 200 11th Avenue for $9.6M, not the penthouse, as rumored [NYO] 

10. Paty’s Taco truck is back on UES’ Lexington Avenue, after being ousted by police [DNAinfo] 

11. Why is real estate in Brooklyn cooler than Manhattan? [Quora via Brownstoner] 

12. Colony Capital pays $30 million for stake in SBE, Sam Nazarian’s boutique-hotel company [WSJ] 

13. Pizza chain Sbarro may close some stores, amid debt and rising rents [Crain’s] 

14. American Asset Trust selling biggest IPO by a REIT in more than a year at 20 percent discount [Bloomberg]
15. RentJuice, online tool for brokers, set to launch in New York City [Crain’s] 

16. Gowanus warehouse on 9th Street sells for $6 million [Brownstoner]
17. Small banks to lend more to businesses in 2011, Sageworks consulting firm says [NYDN]