Monday: Soft Landing, Pause, Melt Down? Which Is It?

  • You’ve heard different terms, sometimes conflicting, in broadcasts, blogs and cocktail parties. But, how should one describe the real estate market? (The New York Times)
  • The New York City Environmental Fund gave a load of money–$763,200–to groups “that raise local environmental awareness and enhance public access to urban waters, parks and open space.” (Newsday)
  • Bigger space, New York Harbor and brownstone facade in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. (The New York Times)
  • The city’s 41st Greenmarket may open on the corner of 86th Street and Fifth Avenue. (The New York Times)
  • When co-op board refuse a buyer, and sellers are kept hostage. (The New York Times)
  • The owner of Paris Commune and Ekoo decorated his apartment in homage to his South African roots. He loves New York, and his interviewer loves him: “Despite these achievements, Mr. Uys lacks the air of smug egotism one expects in a self-made man.” (The New York Times)
  • Since when are puzzles therapeutic, rather than frustrating? (The New York Times)
  • The new fountain at Washington Square Park will be chlorinated and not safe to frolick in–because the water is so clean today. (The Villager)
  • The “virtual retail desert” may soon house Nordstrom. (Women’s Wear Daily)
  • Construction of the High Line from unused railroad to elevated park begins in February and is expected to open to the public in 2008. (The Villager)
  • The Bed Stuy vacant lot: “eyesore with potential?” (Brownstoner)
  • A new Brooklyn road: The Hon. Bob Marley Avenue. (RJR 94 FM)
  • Mario Batali’s Del Posto is in violation of its lease and may relocate. (New York Post)
  • Hoboken is in a family way. (The New York Times)
  • Celebrities eye more money, and maybe glitzier digs, from the ranch. (The Wall Street Journal)
  • High-end architecture has become a high-stakes advertising venture, where architect becomes star. (Los Angeles Times)
  • – Riva Froymovich