The Afternoon Wrap: Tuesday

So whatever happened to the $354 million of federal funding earmarked for Mayor Bloomberg’s congestion pricing bill? Some of it went to a similar traffic reduction program in Chicago. [City Room]

Is 15 CPW loosing its cache with monied, Eastern European ex-pats? A Moldovan-born diamond wholesaler and his wife bought a $5.6 million condo there. [TRD]

A look inside Times Square’s last “porn-tastic hideway” as it gasps its last breaths. [Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York]

The 10-year-old British mobile phone brand Vertu will be the first boutique to open in the Plaza’s new retail space next week. [WWD]

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz is looking for a “chaffeur/attendant who can maintain confidentiality at all times” and doesn’t mind breaking a few traffic laws. [Gothamist]

Leave it to Brooklyn bloggers to not only organize a conference but launch a mini-blog about their meeting. [Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn]

Vickram Chatwal’s Downtown Dream hotel project in a former homeless shelter in “MePa” is all set for a summer 2009 launch to give the Maritime a run for its money. Can you say downtown nightmare? [Hotel Chatter]

The Afternoon Wrap: Tuesday