Orient-Express Hotels backs out of library deal, SL Green will keep tenants at any cost … and more

1. Orient-Express Hotels group backs out of deal to buy Midtown library [Curbed]
2. Gansevoort Park Hotel rising [A Fine Blog]
3. A look at 12 city projects on hold [Curbed], and 131 Emerson Street looks like it’s on hold [Brownstoner]
4. SL Green has mandated its brokers to retain tenants at all costs [NYO]
5. Jewelry retailer Finlay Enterprises may leave New York [Crain’s]
6. Pending home sales nationwide hit new low in January [AP via Miami Herald]
7. Federal cram-down mortgage bill may be modified [Bloomberg]
8. Pending sales of previously owned homes fell 7.7 percent nationwide in January [WSJ]
9. Williamsburg tenants throw a rent party to pay the bills [Brooklyn Eagle]
10. Senator Charles Schumer wants $100 million in stimulus funds for Moynihan Station project [NYT]
11. Mission Capital Advisors selling a $48.2 million commercial real estate mortgage loan and REO portfolio [GlobeSt]
12. Ace Hotel opening delayed because large components, like heating, aren’t ready [Hotelchatter]
13. Worried about leasing space at an unstable building, tenants ask landlords for financial information [NYT]
14. Ivanka Trump says real estate investors should look to Panama [Cityfile]

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