Two Trees kicks off construction at new Williamsburg hotel site, unions pressure JPMorgan to modify mortgages … and more

1. Two Trees kicks off construction at new Williamsburg hotel site [Curbed]
2. Critic calls Gehry’s 8 Spruce Street “the finest skyscraper to rise in New York since Eero Saarinen’s CBS building” [NYT]
3. Losing Hunters Point bidders whine that Related was chosen for the project because of its close political ties [NYT]
4. Plan for $23M Albany judges’ hotel will move forward, despite criticism [Post]
5. Williamsburg’s the Edge now almost 40 percent sold [Brooklyn Paper]

6. Contractor whose workers perished in UWS construction site fall has history of OSHA violations [Post]

7. Unions put pressure on JPMorgan to modify mortgages [NYT]

8. Water Mill’s Villa Maria estate up for summer rental for $1.5 million [Post, 2nd item]
9. Proposed Hunts Point strip club spurs neighborhood protests [NYDN]

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10. Socialite Nancy Sale Johnson Rashad relists 817 Fifth Avenue triplex for $21M [Post, 4th item]

11. Warner Brothers exec Lyor Cohen’s UES townhouse gets $2M price chop after one week on the market [Curbed]

12. Ex-Revlon exec Jerry Levin to list $18M Upper East Side condo [Post, 3rd item]
13. Civil War-era Westchester manse, fully restored, now for sale by owner for $4.5M [WSJ]
14. ‘Real Housewives’ stepson David Zarin puts 12 West 72nd Street pad on the market for $1.4M [Post, 5th item]
15. After storm, activists and engineers mull Brooklyn’s Plumb Beach rehab plans [NYDN]

16. Gerard Butler checks out $6.2M penthouse at 46 Mercer [Post, 6th item]