Calif. mansion breaks 2012 record with $117.5M sale, will Southstreet Seaport sign “blight” the waterfront? … and more

January 28, 2013 05:00PM

1. Woodside, Calif. mansion trades for $117.5 million — the biggest U.S. residential deal of the year, and the second priciest sale of all time [Business Insider]
2. City Planning Commission chair Amanda Burden “really worried” that a proposed South Street Seaport sign will “blight” the waterfront [Tribeca Trib]
3. Forest City Ratner’s 135 Pierrepont Street office building in Brooklyn Heights gets $7.8 million tax reduction [NYDN]
4. Park Union condo development will house new preschool for wee “Mozarts and Einsteins” [FIPS]
5. Astors, Carnegies and Vanderbilts, oh my! Mapping the former barons of Manhattan real estate [Curbed]
6. “Homebuilding activity will likely remain the strongest growing component of the economy in 2013,” economist says [AOL]
7. British rock star Mike Rutherford lists Bond Street condo for almost $8 million [Curbed]
8. Sculptures of New York’s landmark buildings coming soon to Park Avenue medians [NYT]
9. Third Rail Coffee opens second location at Second Avenue and Tenth Street [Press Release]
10. And in Crown Heights, the team behind Brooklyn’s al di la eatery opens Lincoln Station restaurant [Brownstoner]
11. Public radio host Brian Lehrer wants your input on fixing Times Square [WNYC]
12. A chronology of the Tappan Zee bridge’s many failings [NY Mag]
13. Keeping our skyscrapers spotless: a look inside the window washing industry [New Yorker]