Friday-Morning Roundup

The Times reports on the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation’s dissatisfaction with Governor Pataki’s unilateral decision to bar the Freedom Center from Ground Zero–originally reported here yesterday.

Murder! Mayhem! Embezzelment! Fraud! Andrew M. Kissel, whose sister was convicted of beating her husband to death in Hong Kong in 2003, stands accused of stealing $4 million from the reserve of his Upper East Side co-op building at 200 East 74th Street. The Times also says he’s currently under house arrest because of a federal complaint involving tens of millions of dollars in mortgage fraud.

The Jets don’t need no stinking roof!

The Post is surprisingly evenhanded in its story on 2 Columbus Circle. The paper forgot to mention the protesters, but it did quote Landmark West, the preservation group that’s been fighting the Museum of Arts and Design’s tooth and nail since the renovation plans were unveiled.

City Council member David Yassky is accusing city and state officials of lowballing waterfront land slated to become the Brooklyn Bridge Park, according to the Daily News. Park officials say that’s because they want to entice developers to to build “architecturally significant buildings.”

And The Sun reports that the Plaza Hotel is set to sell its newly renovated space as early as next month. Prices could be in the $3,000 to $6,000 per square foot range. Stribling and Associates and Cushman & Wakefield are handling the sales.

-Matthew Grace