New REIT by founder of Public Storage aims to raise $794M in IPO, Toll Brothers’ Touraine on the UES has all units but one in contract … and more

July 19, 2013 08:00AM

1. New REIT by founder of Public Storage aims to raise $794 million in IPO [Bloomberg News]
2. Toll Brothers’ Touraine at 135 East 65th Street has 21 of 22 units in contract; move-in begins August [Curbed, 2nd item]
3. Mortgage refinancing drops to lowest volume since May 2011 [NYT]
4. People behind the Brooklyn Bowl to open new venue in East Williamsburg [DNAinfo]
5. Prepping a building for demolition: An NYC retrospective [NYT]
6. The Novogratz hoops house at 400 West Street has inspired a 3D paper model [Curbed, 1st item]
7. Handwriting experts analyze the signatures of NYC’s mayoral hopefuls [WSJ]
8. Checking in on an artsy pad in Rego Park, Queens [Apartment Therapy]
9. Manhattan Bridge now graced with melons [Bowery Boogie]
10. Residents of Chinatown’s fire-ravaged 289 Grand Street return home three years later [DNAinfo]
11. Website tells you how swelteringly hot the L train platform is [NYO]