The Afternoon Wrap: Friday


Hail, Dubai. The tiny sheikhdom will soon lay claim to the world’s tallest building, Burj Dubai. Its architect, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, announced today the tower had surpassed the Sears Tower, America’s tallest building, in height. [PRNewswire]

You know things have gotten bad when the lawyers have gotten involved. Buyers across the nation, stung by the slowing housing market, are suing builders to get out of contracts. Gee, what part of ‘you will be buying this home’ didn’t they understand when they signed the papers? [WSJ]

Anniversary time! It was one year ago today that the Slope-ification of Gowanus began, according to Jonathan ‘Brownstoner’ Butler. Developers started eyeing the banks of the lavender tributary as THE new place to build in Brooklyn. [Brownstoner]

On Tuesday night, 390 people showed up at Dumbo’s St. Ann’s Warehouse to support the Brooklyn Arts Theater. And even though donors had to eat flank steak “at tables covered with black fishing nets,” the benefit raised some $200,000 for the community stage. [DumboNYC]