Whitney Museum board split on expansion project, Chinatown fire building had history of violations … and more

1. Whitney Museum board split on expansion project [NYT]
2. East Village deli Graceland to shutter after 35 percent rent increase [EV Grieve]
3. Save Harlem School of the Arts group plans weekend rally [Harlem Bespoke]
4. Building that started Chinatown fire, leaving up to 200 homeless, had history of violations [NYDN]
5. Chelsea Hotel tenants protest two new bars planned for lobby [Chelsea Now]
6. Dumbo’s Front Street center evokes a suburban shopping mall feel [Brooklyn Paper]
7. More of Yankee Stadium demolished [A Walk in the Park]
8. Chelsea’s Empire Diner officially confirms plans to shutter May 15 [Chelsea Now]
9. Barneys Co-op to open at 194 Atlantic Avenue in Cobble Hill [NYO]
10. Walentas’ wife plans antique carousel for Empire Fulton Ferry Park, meets with scathing opposition [Curbed]
11. Ink48’s 3,000-square-foot roof deck to open Friday [Urban Daddy]
12. Eco-friendly convent going up on 150th Street and Convent Avenue in Harlem [Harlem Bespoke]
13. J. Crew sets May 27 opening date for UES wedding store at 769 Madison Avenue [Racked]
14. Brooklyn Beep talks about the proposed Prospect Park bike path and the hipster-yuppie class [WNYC]
15. Local pols speak out against proposed Clinton School move to Chelsea [Chelsea Now]
16. Photo tour of all LIC condos [LIC NYC] 

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17. New Luxe Home Swap site vets first-class travelers before they trade [Urban Daddy]
18. Fitch analyst predicts more redefaults on the horizon for loan mods [National Mortgage News]
19. Shiller skeptical on sustained housing recovery [NYT]
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