Building in fatal Bronx fire was the victim of a subprime mortgage, Mott Haven struggles to reignite development activity … and more

1. Bronx apartment building where fire in illegal subdivisions killed three was victim of subprime mortgage, poor oversight of required lender maintenance [NYT]
2. Meanwhile, city has been generally ineffective at cracking down on apartment building fire code violations [NYDN]
3. Analysts befuddled by BCG’s Newmark Knight Frank acquisition [Post]

4. Jersey City’s new Hamilton Square mixed-use complex attracts small-town retailers [NYT]
5. Grand Army Plaza renovation set to begin in June [Brownstoner]
6. Shinnecock Indian Nation likely to sign memorandum of understanding on new Long Island casino this week [Crain’s]
7. A look at the 1920s-era apartment houses of Upper Fifth Avenue‘s hospital row [NYT]
8. Bronx’s Mott Haven nabe struggles to reignite development activity seen during the real estate boom [WSJ]
9. Upper West Siders plan protest against too-bright Duane Reade signage [DNAinfo]
10. Loans for vacation home so expensive, restrictive that it may be the right move to just pay in cash [NYT]
11. Long Island residents vote to save 128-year-old former boarding school from demolition [WSJ]

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12. Hamptons homeowners prep for tenants, summer income [NYT]
13. New Jersey Islamic group sues town for blocking banquet hall-to-mosque conversion plans [WSJ]

14. Bergen County condo inventory on the decline [NYT]