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

February 14, 2013 05:00PM

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]