Cheaper alternatives to city’s most coveted neighborhoods, two Manhattan chains come to Brooklyn … and more

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1. Five cheaper alternatives to neighborhoods coveted by NYC home-hunters [NYT]
2. New owner could demolish nine-story Banca Di Roma building at 34 East 51st Street [WSJ, 2nd item]
3. Office rents soared along Park Avenue despite plummeting activity [Crain’s]
4. Hatred between GOP candidates compels The Donald to reconsider presidential run [CBS Miami]
5. CW Capital turns profit on 2007 commercial loan it sold to BlackRock, showing value of patience [WSJ]
6. First of eight Brooklyn 16 Handles shops opens today in Midwood [Post, 2nd item]
7. Le Pain Quotidien plans first Brooklyn location at 121 Montague Street [WSJ]
8. Woman who illegally subletted 90-square-foot UWS apartment moves on to bigger digs as landlord ups rent [Post]
9. NYC loses three “cultural institutions” in Bleecker Bob’s, Holiday Cocktail Lounge and Southpaw [Gather]
10. Soap actor commits suicide after battling dog restrictions at One Lincoln Plaza [Post]
11. Despite proximity to tourists, 57th Street has residential variety, shops and musical venues [NYT]
12. DOB approves three-story addition to defunct funeral home on Second Avenue [EVGrieve]
13. Music exec Alan Weltzer leaves $500,000 tip for doorman in will [Post]
14. In boon to lower Fifth retail, CrossFit takes 10,000 square feet at 420 Fifth Avenue [WSJ, 1st item]
15. Spanish firm brings 15,000-square-foot ancient bath spa to 88 Franklin Street [Post, 1st item]