DoubleTree Metropolitan gets head-to-toe makeover, Port Authority Bus Terminal gets upgraded retailers … and more

August 02, 2012 04:30PM

1. With ongoing Olympic games, London home prices reach record highs [Forbes]
2. DoubleTree Metropolitan on East 51st Street gets top-to-bottom facelift [Hotel Chatter]
3. Port Authority gives the go-ahead to Starbucks and PNC Bank for space inside Port Authority Bus Terminal, PNC to invest in terminal improvements [GlobeSt]
4. Hotel Indigo Brooklyn slated to open in early October [Brownstoner]
5. Four Seasons expands to sub-Saharan Africa [Forbes]
6. The estate of Jack Gottlieb lists the composer and biographer’s UWS Dorset home for $1.4M [Post, 4th item]
7. 13,600-sf Crocs store to replace three fast-food eatery spaces in Herald Square [Crain’s]
8. Cushman & Wakefield’s Bruce Mosler will have greater role in overseeing global dealmaking [NYO]
9. Aug. 4 LES walking tour celebrates life of recently deceased Beastie Boy Adam “MCA” Yauch [DNAinfo]
10. Bronx landlord offers heavily discounted retail space to tenant that promises to increase access to healthy food [Kelly Street Green press release]
11. Op-ed: Changing name of Garment District would damage neighborhood history [NYT]
12. Orlando, Fla. tops the list of America’s emptiest cities [CNBC via NBC News]
13. Meanwhile, vacant homes in other national markets are now filling up [Trulia]
14. For $8M, you can be Padma Lakshmi’s neighbor at Soho 25 [Post, 3rd item]
15. Beauty amid decay: photos of the interior of the landmarked Coney Island Shore Theater [Gothamist]