OWS invades courtroom to halt foreclosure auction, Alaska pols want federal takeover of Central Park … and more

January 27, 2012 08:00AM

1. Mount Sinai files for a four-story, $113M expansion of its LIC facility [QChron]
2. Occupy Wall Street protestors invade Brooklyn courtroom to halt foreclosure auctions [Crain’s]
3. Alaska pols want to designate Central Park a federal wilderness area that can’t be altered without Congress’ approval [NYT]
4. U.S. commercial property sales rose 57 percent in 2011, and Manhattan accounted for 12 percent of $220B nationwide deal volume [Bloomberg]
5. Cheap rents and proximity to Bushwick bring artists and art galleries to Ridgewood [WSJ]
6. Andre Balazs promises his Standard East Village hotel will lack a nightclub and be more “introspective” [GrubStreet]
7. Darcy Stacom says the market is healthy as larger deals are struck with less debt [GlobeSt]
8. Demolition permit filed for circa-1835 EV townhouse that LPC failed to landmark [EVGrieve]
9. Buyers who split Morris County, N.J. farm for $5.2M coveted the 740 acres of prime dirt [NYT]
10. Fashion District BID will install five sculptures to beautify neighborhood [Crain’s]
11. Manager of top-performing mortgage fund, says investors are underestimating power of U.S. government to push refi plan that lowers value of mortgage bonds [Bloomberg]
12. Columnist investigates old automat facades and abandoned staircase in Washington Heights [NYT]