Hamptons homes of alleged mortgage fraudsters on the auction block, Donald Trump responds to his critics … and more

1. Hamptons homes of alleged mortgage fraudsters on the auction block [Property Shark]
2. New Yorkers anxious about losing Duane Reade to Walgreen after a buyout [Crain’s]
3. Donald Trump responds to his critics [NY Mag]
4. Knicks’ Al Harrington checks out $6M spot at the Rushmore [Post, 3rd item]

5. Ditmas Park’s new 1130 Ocean Avenue development to hold first open house this weekend [Ditmas Park Blog]
6. Ray’s Candy Store pays February rent in lieu of basic inventory [Neither More Nor Less]
7. “Livin’ on a Prayer” songwriter Desmond Child lists 1215 Fifth Avenue pad for $4.75M [Post, 1st item]
8. Nolita’s new Kenmare restaurant has soft opening for private events [Urban Daddy]
9. Millburn, N.J. residents up in arms over Rabbi’s proposal for zoning variance to build new temple [NYT]

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10. Bronx co-op leader dies after running Mitchell-Lama building for 44 years [Your Nabe]
11. Wall Street Journal reporter and JPMorgan wife buy $4.2M penthouse at 73 Fifth Avenue [NYO]
12. Billionaire Ronald Perelman builds private synagogue in the garden between his back-to-back UES townhouses [NYO]
13. Le Bernardin chef and Elliman broker wife buy three-bedroom apartment at UES Miraval Living condo [Post, 4th item]

14. New FHFA rules would prevent Fannie and Freddie from using mortgage securities for low-income services [Reuters via Fox Business]
15. Home building outpaces projections for January: Commerce Department [AP via MSNBC]
16. Hovnanian shares gain big on housing starts report [Market Watch]
17. FDIC audits of 16 failed banks point to commercial real estate as the culprit [CoStar]