Monday: Parsons Adbusters and Hapless Brokers

  • A Parsons student organized all the advertisements she saw in three neighborhoods (East Harlem, SoHo and the Upper East Side) by subject, and has created a website. (Adscape)
  • The New York Post makes fun of the new Web sites luxury developers use to sell buildings. (New York Post)
  • Developers are at war in DUMBO. Among the costs: the residents’ view. (The New York Times)
  • People can find roomates without Craigslist. (The New York Times)
  • A round-up of the UK’s most expensive and expansive homes, and most buyers aren’t British. (Forbes)
  • Americans like things big too, hence higher ceilings. (The New York Times)
  • Profiles of downtown buildings with traditionally uptown swank. (New York Post)
  • The New York way: to make more money, landlords are illegally renting permanent apartments to temporary tenants as hotel rooms and residents are pissed. (The New York Times)
  • Seventh Regiment Armory, which is currently playing host to the Winter Antiques Show, will now be an institution for the visual and performing arts, not just a space for fairs. (The New York Times)
  • A list of landmarks that are actually accessible. (The New York Times)
  • Some people are so proud of their bowties, they include them in a real estate listing. (Curbed)
  • How desperate is Crobar? No, it’s just neighborly. (Curbed)
  • The other alternative newspaper catches on: The Brooklyn Issue. (New York Press)
  • Should disaster strike, the legal obligations for restoring damages in your co-op or condo are different from those for a rental building. If common areas need to be fixed, the building board must take responsibility. But, if the damages hit inside the apartment, it is the unit owner’s responsibility. (The New York Times)
  • Here’s some advice: Good Faith Estimates made by loan officers are not always made in good faith. (Inman News)
  • As the volume of sales of Manhattan apartments drop and mortgage lending rates increase, Mayor Bloomberg gets dramatic. (Reuters)
  • The International Builders Show last week was boring. It focused on practical improvements for homes. (The Wall Street Journal)
  • The Jefferson Market Library on Sixth Avenue is in need of repair, inside and out, and this editorial board recommends both. (The Villager)