Real estate set to contribute to economy soon, “deconstructing” rather than bulldozing saves money in redevelopment … and more

December 21, 2012 08:00AM

1. Real estate set to contribute to U.S. economic growth for first time since 2005 [Bloomberg News]
2. Instead of bulldozing, many now opt for “deconstruction” when redeveloping, as donated materials save owners cash [WSJ]
3. Doll manufacturer shutters Harlem factory [DNAinfo]
4. Where does Santa come from if your homes doesn’t have a chimney? [WSJ]
5. Words and wisdom from Joe Lhota, MTA Chairman and NYC mayoral candidate, via twitter [NYO]
6. A little lesson in photoshop for brokers and agents looking to gloss over a home’s, er, irregularities: don’t accidentally post the original photo in the listing [Curbed]
7. Queens power plant will shut down next year [DNAinfo]
8. Museum of Math opens in Flatiron District [Curbed]
9. Lower Manhattan businesses hit hard by Sandy get financial help from Downtown Alliance [DNAinfo]
10. Florida spec home lists for near $30M [WSJ]
11. New Institute for Family Health opens in East Harlem [DNAinfo]