Area Property works to avoid Blackstone hotel takeover, one big caveat to developing lucrative 702-708 Madison Ave. … and more

June 18, 2012 05:00PM

1. Adrian Benepe resigns as parks commissioner to start new job at Trust for Public Land [DNAinfo]
2. Area Property tries shuffling upscale Eagle hotel brand to avoid Blackstone takeover [WSJ]
3. Developer Matt Blesso is looking to replicate the success of Bushwich’s Third Ward outside NYC [Crain’s]
4. Donald Trump fires socialite Patricia Kluge from her own former winery [Fox]
5. Brooklyn Bridge Park pop-up pool to open on Pier 2 in 10 days [Daily News via Brownstoner]
6. Brooklyn residents wage war against developer encroaching upon community garden space [I Love Franklin Ave.]
7. Cushman & Wakefield execs discuss leasing at the WTC site [GlobeSt]
8. NYCEDC issues RFP to convert Staten Island Coast Guard station into cultural space [DNAInfo]
9. 702-708 Madison Avenue could be the city’s most expensive development site, but there’s one big caveat [Crain’s]
10. Corey Abdo will assume control of Winoker Realty until new management gets sorted [NYO]
11. From Pepto Bismol pink to “dusty Venetian red” to brick: tracking the appearance changes of the West Village’s Palazzo Chupi [Curbed]
12. O’Connor’s Bar in Brooklyn closes for renovations [Here’s Park Slope]
13. Should you keep your listing on the market during the summer months? [NY1]