On the Market: Art Spiegelman’s New Soho Loft; 2012’s Biggest Deal Was BK Mall; Are Central Park Views Worth It?

Joe Lhota kinda announces for mayor. [NY Times, Journal]
And yet the MTA is still struggling here and there to recover from Sandy. [Daily News]
Meanwhile, grocery magnate Catsimitidis is ready to run with his own $1 M. [NY Post]
Looking at some of the apartment buildings Ada Louise decried decades ago. [NY Times]
Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly buy $1.7 M. Soho loft. [Real Deal]
Are Central Park views really worth more? [Real Deal]
What’s a glassy 51 Astor look like? [Curbed]
The biggest NYC sale of the year is not Midtown tower but Brooklyn mall. [Crain’s]
Subway union urges conductors to slow down trains into stations. [News, Times]
Brookfield’s Manhattan West is only the latest piece in West 30s boom. [NY Post]
The Hotel Chelsea has been hit with another stop work order. [Curbed]
Climbing wall coming to Brooklyn Bridge Park. [BK Paper]
Dumbo artists desperate to rebuild after Sandy. [Daily News]
Cuomo sends surprise checks to Sandy-battered homeowners. [NY Post]
Making Sandy a climate change game changer. [ArchPaper]
Here’s the new Kickstarter HQ. [Brownstoner]
A 28-story hotel is coming to stalled West 28th Street site. [Curbed]
Meet Marci, the French bulldog starring in new Corcoran commercials. [Real Deal]
Brooklyn library system mulls big changes, closing branches. [Journal]
Meanwhile, the Coney Island branch won’t reopen for at least a year. [Daily News]
Carroll Gardens says goodbye to its “mayor.” [BK Paper]
Hedge funds are ditching Greenwich and Stamford for Midtown. [Journal]
The Met breaks ground on its new Koch plaza. [Crain’s]