Empire Hotel Group will demolish West 56th Street building for boutique hotel, Matthew Broderick testifies at NYU expansion hearings … and more

July 02, 2012 08:00AM

1. Is the $48M penthouse at Tribeca’s Skylofts the best apartment in the city? [NYDN]
2. Jim Carrey’s West Village art studio, at 139 Perry Street, is up for rent [Post]
3. Empire Hotel Group will demolish $7M West 56th Street building to build boutique hotel [WSJ, 1st item]
4. Fire Department will burn down 20 vacant Governor Island buildings to test new rescue technique [NYT]
5. Katie Holmes leased her own NYC apartment just before filing for divorce [NYDN]
6. Matthew Broderick testified at NYU expansion hearings [DNAinfo]
7. A look at seven single-family homes that are on the market [NYMag]
8. Mo Vaughn’s Omni Partners buys Bronx rent-regulated portfolio for $33.2 million [WSJ, 2nd item]
9. Community board urges city to remove gates around Wall Street bull as they push tourists into traffic [Post]
10. Developer Gary Vinbaytel puts his South Florida-esque mansion in Brooklyn’s Manhattan Beach on market for $9.75M [NYT]
11. Rockaway residents want to rebuild fence to isolate nude beach [NYDN]
12. William Beaver House and 60 Wall Street win green building awards [Crain’s]
13. Japanese company that builds MTA trains buys Yonkers office, recommits to New York [WSJ]
14. Billboard in Queens is considered too “iconic” to use for advertising [Post]
15. How to maximize revenue on a recently inherited or acquired NYC apartment building [Business Insider]
16. An architecture critique of the redesigned Governors Island [NYMag]
17. Loose plank on Coney Island boardwalk traps woman [Post]
18. Parks Department will spend millions installing “adult playgrounds” throughout city [NYT]
19. New Yorkers’ city geography is spotty, as revealed by results of taxi driver test [Post]
20. Known as home of Sing Sing and Don Draper’s suburban getaway Ossining’s rural charm appeals to buyers [WSJ]
21. Dumbo’s Pearl Street Triangle plaza becomes an art mural [Brooklyn Paper]
22. Details on embattled hedge funder Phil Falcone’s $39 Caribbean estate [Post]
23. Willets Point business owners pen op-ed slamming plan to bring massive mall to area [NYDN]
24. Five things to know before buying a “fixer-upper” home in the city [NYMag]
25. Inside the Seattle apartment featured in “Fifty Shades of Grey” [NYDN]
26. Travel & Leisure’s guide to the Hamptons [Business Insider]