How West 57th Street was won, High Line becomes popular NYC date spot … and more

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1. How West 57th Street transformed itself into a “billionaires belt” [WSJ]
2. Isn’t it romantic? High Line is New York’s No. 1 date spot [Business Insider]
3. The ABCs of architecture stars [Curbed]
4. New Census Bureau numbers show that nearly 4% of the population moved to another county in 2011 [WSJ]
5. Crown Heights to get mixed-use development with affordable housing [Brownstoner]
6. Blackstone speeds up $2.5B in single-family home purchases [Bloomberg]
7. Warehouse in South Williamsburg sells for $2.2 million [Brownstoner]
8. When it comes to housing, 2012 was quite the affordable year: NAR [LA Times]
9. Rockaways boxing gym owner says contractor, cleaning up post-Sandy, threw away many valuable items [NYDN]
10. 169 Hudson Street penthouse unit hits market with $24M ask [Curbed]
11. Actor Kelsey Grammer puts yet another one of his houses up for sale [AOL]
12. In other Beverly Hills mansion news, Madonna lists nine-bedroom Chateau for $22.5 million [Curbed]
13. Not one, but two $5M-plus townhouses have traded hands in Brooklyn Heights [Brownstoner]
14. Brokering deals can be a “thankless job,” Eastern Consolidated Adelaide Polsinelli writes [NYO]
15. Is the converted back patio at the popular Mission Chinese Food eatery illegal? [Bowery Boogie]