On the Market: Crown Heights Brownstone Tells Neighborhood History; Polar Bears Are Not Considered Pets; Why Exactly Did the Already Under-Construction One57 Get Massive Tax Breaks?

The history of Crown Heights, told through a 125-year-old brownstone. [NYT]
Brooklyn is getting taller buildings. Too bad they’re all incredibly boring. [WSJ]
A new Queens housing development for seniors taking care of grandkids. [Daily News]
Orbach Group continues with its UWS buying spree. [TRD]
Swan song: East Williamsburg bird stores goes out of business. [DNAinfo]
Finally! A play about the hipster hasid bike lane war. [FWB]
Barclays snags LEED rating. [Crain’s]
Is Katie Holmes Brooklyn bound? [Post]
New York City specifically forbids you from keeping mountain lions an black mambas. [TRD]
The president of Greenwood Cemetery reflects on life, death, living with death. [NYT]
What New Yorkers complain about, by neighborhood. [NYM]
New rental laws aim to keep Paris from becoming a city for only the rich. [Atlantic Cities]
Grandmother’s makeshift Crown Heights homeless shelter faces huge fines. [Daily News]
Alms for the ultra wealthy: super luxury condos come with massive tax breaks. [NYT]
WTC owners sue airlines over 9/11 attacks in a bid to boost insurance payouts. [NBC]
Brooklyn developer touted commitment to community, then bribed HPD for contracts. [Daily News]
Herald Square attracts an influx of new hotels. [WSJ]