High-end rentals showing strong performance, construction underway on Sam Chang LES hotel … and more

1. Brooklyn performing arts center breaks ground on new facility [Brownstoner]

2. High-end rentals thriving in rough market [NY Mag] 

3. Fewer sex offenders enrolled in public housing system [NYDN]

4. Plans for new 14th Street hotel drying up [WSJ]

5. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s UWS childhood home revealed [Curbed]

6. Architect favored by Anderson Cooper to pursue role at One Madison Park [NYO]

7. Construction underway on hotelier Sam Chang’s new Holiday Inn on the corner of Suffolk and Delancey streets [Bowery Boogie]

8. Midtown steakhouse offers free dinner as prize for MTA workers finishing construction on schedule [Crain’s]

9. Toren’s less conservative design reflects 2004 zoning changes, sensibilities [WSJ]

10. Boutique financial firms in Manhattan showing more activity [Crain’s]

11. Bronx pre-foreclosures cause considerable uptick in city-wide foreclosure data [Foreclosure Deals]

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12. Rental launch delayed at 2 Cooper Square [EV Grieve]

13. Tenants offered free celeb psychic readings, among other out-there amenities [NY Mag]

14. Shiller worried about slow growth till “next recession” [Capital Gains] 

15. Preppie haven J. Mclaughlin opens first Brooklyn outpost [Brownstoner]

16. Pro-vegan art exhibit launched in former wholesale meat facility [NY Mag] 

17. Preservationist fight heats up at UWS church [NYO] 

18. Is this the golden moment to buy on the East End? [Hamptons Real Estate]

19. Property owners combing through costs with fine-tooth comb, as effort to go green ramps up [National Real Estate Investor] 

20. Nouriel Roubini talks about the celeb life with Financial Times reporter Gillian Tett and roots for Goldman bust-up [NY Mag]  and [Bloomberg via Patrick.net]

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