World Financial Center retail to get $250M facelift … and more

1. Brookfield Properties initiates a $250M upgrade of retail space in World Financial Center

2. Current city rooftops could capture enough sun to power half of NYC’s peak electricity needs

3. Larry Silverstein: entire WTC site will be complete by 2016

4. New York’s most expensive and most affordable housing markets

5. Sixty percent of buyers and renters at Williamsburg’s 175 Kent are from Manhattan

6. The new hotel at 2 Allen Street is getting its “soulless” glass facade
[Bowery Boogie]

7. In June 2008 15 CPW unit 27A was bought for $11.7M; it was just sold for $24.5M

8. Developer Howard Milstein was approved to oversee the state’s Thruway Authority
[Ithaca Journal]

9. Queens group aims to get piers, boat launches and pedestrian walkways connecting Astoria and LIC waterfronts

10. Manhattan architect Gerald Abramovitz dies a month after being attacked outside friend’s UWS home [Post]
11. Acting talent agency Gersh Agency, and literary agent Trident Media Group sign leases at 41 Madison [NYO]
12. Manhattan vacancy rate hits lowest level since June 2006, and rents continue to rise [Post]
13. Museum of African Art opening delayed again — this time to late 2012 [WSJ]

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