Barnes & Noble actually renews a lease, Lev Leviev buys $11M diamond … and more

May 18, 2011 05:15PM

1. Brokers still making up new nabe nicknames — “ClinPro” — despite Hakeem Jeffries’ best efforts [Brownstoner]
2. Barnes & Noble actually renews a lease in Queens [Post, 2nd item]
3. Joe’s Superette Deli of Carroll Gardens closes after 50 years [Brooklyn Paper]
4. Magazine mogul’s 970 Park Avenue triplex on the market for $22.5M after 25 years [Curbed]
5. Long Island City will soon welcome the first-ever Museum of Elevator Artifact and History [Post, 7th item]
6. Institutional investors topped REITs in U.S. office building buys last quarter [Bloomberg]
7. Post columnist says Durst, Ward and Tighe are “heroes” for pulling off the Conde Nast-1 WTC deal [Post]
8. Blackstone’s name, balance sheet coming in handy in negotiating hotel debt restructuring deals [WSJ]
9. Food bank City Harvest to open 45,400-square-foot pantry in Long Island City after relocating from Brooklyn Navy Yard [Post, 6th item]
10. Lev Leviev buys one of the world’s priciest-ever pink diamonds for $11M at auction [Globes]
11. Ricky’s takes 3,000 square feet at 87th and Broadway [Post, 4th item]
12. U.S. CMBS delinquency rate clears 10 percent mark for the first time ever: Morgan Stanley [Bloomberg]

13. Longtime Durst tenant expands, relocates into another Durst building up the street [Post, 3rd item]
14. HGTV casting first-time homebuyers in New York City for eighth season of “Property Virgins” [Curbed, 2nd item]

15. Financial advisory firm leaves 100 William Street, doubles size in move to 565 Fifth Avenue [Post, 5th item]