City officials seek developer for vacant Coney Island lot, Lansky’s vandalism may have been an inside job … and more

Reese Witherspoon's California estate
Reese Witherspoon's California estate

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1. BuildNYC program sources $26M in deals [NYO]
2. City officials seek developer to find new use for vacant lot between Scream Zone and Steeplechase Plaza in Coney Island [Crain’s]
3. Actress Reese Witherspoon lists Ojai, Calif. estate for $10M [Zillow via NBC]
4. Some New Yorkers are downsizing to smaller-than-micro-unit dwellings to save money and waste less space [NYT]
5. 65% of NYCHA residents who live below 14th Street say housing agency does not provide them sufficient protection against burglars — citing easy-to-break locks and broken intercoms [NYDN]
6. Alleged vandalism at Lansky’s deli may have been an inside job [Gothamist]
7. D.C. non-profits and city government provide tools to help low-income residents become homeowners [Washington Post]
8. Actress Mira Sorvino finds buyer for her UWS penthouse unit [Curbed]
9. Book Festival and WILLiFEST to take place this weekend in Brooklyn [DNAinfo]
10. Gwathmey award-winning Hamptons home gets new representation and higher asking price [Curbed]
11. Want to flip your house, even in these troubled economic times? Here’s how [Forbes]