Extell finds $22M for top floor of 535 West End, city gains 70,000 residents in 15-month span … and more

1. Mystery buyer closes on Extell’s $22M 535 West End Avenue penthouse [Post, 4th item]
2. The city gains 70,000 residents in 15 months ending July 1, 2011 [NYT]
3. Construction company behind 7 train crane collapse has a history of accidents and mob ties [NYDN]
4. 14 Wall Street gets recapitalized at $300M valuation, Carlyle Group loses stake [Post]
5. Water views add 10 to 30 percent to Manhattan apartment prices [amNY]
6. Ted Forstmann’s mansion is in contract for $4M more than $36M ask set last week [Post, 6th item]
7. Blackstone buys 69 U.S. warehouses for $800 million [Bloomberg]
8. Apollo Global co-founder sells Southampton mansion for $28.5M to fellow hedge funder [Post, 5th item]
9. Foreclosure settlement spurs mortgage refinance scammers [WSJ, 3rd item]
10. “Accused slumlord” set to turn illegal hostel near Cooper Square residential [EVGrieve]
11. At least eight groups are expected to submit bids to operate the 1 WTC observatory deck [Post]
12. Mortgage investors are still wary of possible third round of quantitative easing [Bloomberg]
13. Newark affordable housing development was built by women, largely for women [WSJ, 1st item]
14. North Fork is a low key, affordable alternative to the Hamptons [Post]
15. Other weekend vacationers turn upstate to Sharon Springs, where urban pioneers have transformed cheap properties into a resurgent community [Post]
16. Arts collective ABC No Rio to get new $5M home on Rivington Street [DNAinfo]
17. DirecTV CEO buys $5.8M condo at 200 East 66th Street [Post, 2nd item]
18. Federal hiring suit is settled at MTA’s Long Island-Grand Central Terminal passage project [WSJ]
19. Stribling founder’s daughter buys Connecticut home next to Louise Sunshine [Post, 3rd item]

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