Ground breaks on Tower 3 at Northside Piers, a floating beer garden in LIC? … and more

August 17, 2012 05:00PM

1. Citi bike-share program delayed until next Spring [Curbed]
2. $19.5M, nine-room condo sale at 988 Fifth Avenue marks most expensive closing for week ending Wednesday [NYT]
3. Ground finally breaks on Tower 3 at Northside Piers [Curbed]
4. Junior’s is set to expand to Japan [DNAinfo]
5. Before getting into real estate, Rubicon Property CEO Jason Haber stood up to the Gadhafi regime over the phone [NYDN]
6. LIC-based Plaxall aims to bring floating beer garden to neighborhood [DNAinfo]
7. Giddy up: rising horse-boarding costs lead to greater demand for properties in communities where owners can build their own stables [NYT]
8. As the race to build the world’s tallest building intensifies, one SOM engineer ponders the limit [The Atlantic Cities]
9. Seeking an escape? Take a look at these international multi-million-dollar homes [NYDN]
10. Gov. Cuomo extends NYC solar tax abatement, Mayor Bloomberg says this can help NYC move toward PlaNYC goals of clean and reliable energy systems [Mayor’s office press release]
11. Lots of student debt, lower wages: Young Americans could get shut out of the housing market [Businessweek]
12. Check out these videos of the controlled Brooklyn fireball created on the set of “Boardwalk Empire” [Gothamist]
13. No better way to end a Friday than watching Mayor Michael Bloomberg getting smooched by a sea lion []