Vito Lopez’s “piggish” past revealed in ethics report, a Valentine’s tour of NYC’s pink homes … and more

TRD New York /
Feb.February 14, 2013 05:00 PM

1. Five Guys grew like crazy in recent years, but the Flatbush Avenue location may be closing [Brownstoner]
2. If your first love is real estate, what better Valentine than a pink home? [Curbed]
3. The verdict is in: ethics committee report reveals history of “piggish” behavior from Assemblyman Vito Lopez, former chair of the housing committee [NYDN]
4. Inventory of U.S. homes for sale drops 5.6 percent in January, compared to the previous month [WSJ]
5. A look at the restoration of 285-289 Grand Street on the Lower East Side [Bowery Boogie]
6. A Waverly Place resident’s complaints of idling limos at Mario Batali’s Babbo eatery postpones a vote on special zoning permit [DNAinfo]
7. From Superfund to super fantastic: seven wild ideas to transform the Gowanus Canal [Curbed]
8. Manhattan Wardrobe renews 7,600-square-foot lease at 245 West 29th Street [NYO]
9. Farther uptown, Oro Gold Cosmetics takes a 2,000-square-foot space at 118 East 57th Street [REW]
10. Manhattan’s Community Board 3 will discuss landmarking the Seward Park Library tonight [Lo-Down]
11. Preservationist Andrew Berman argues that the Hudson Square rezoning could be a win-win — depending on Christine Quinn [Villager]
12. A roller skating rink is being turned into loft apartments in Washington, D.C. [Urban Turf]
13. A roundup of tax breaks for homeowners [Zillow, via Business Insider]

Related Articles

(Image by Wolfgang & Hite via Dezeen)

Hudson Yards megadevelopment inspires a new line of sex toys

Cammeby's International Group founder Rubin Schron and, from top: 194-05 67th Avenue, 189-15 73rd Avenue and 64-05 186th Lane (Credit: Google Maps)

Ruby Schron lands $500M refi for sprawling Queens apartment portfolio

Wendy Silverstein (Credit: Getty Images)

Wendy Silverstein, co-head of WeWork’s real-estate fund, is out

Stockholm, Sweden (Credit: iStock)

Why institutional investors are now in love with Nordic real estate

Akon and a rendering of Akon City in Senegal. (Credit: Getty Images and Hussein Bakri/BAD Consultant/Semer Group)

Inside Akon’s 2,000-acre crypto-city in Senegal

Is January the new April for real estate? (Credit: iStock)

Low mortgage rates could mean another hot winter in the housing market

Cheung Chung Kiu is no stranger to big real estate deals (Credit: Wikipedia)

Mysterious billionaire who bought $262M London mansion is obsessed with blockbuster real estate deals

(Credit: SimsWiki, Unsplash)

Welcome to affordable San Francisco! Here is your $1,000-a-month basement “sleeping pod”