On the Market: New York Realtors are Influential; Crime Persists in Pockets; Torah Animal World Shutters

On average, 2013 condo prices were nothing to sneeze at. [WSJ]
An 18 BR/18BA townhouse on the Upper East Side can be yours for $16 million. [Curbed]
Bloomberg’s Office of Immigrant Affairs has become a global model. [NYT]
Cab drivers are fearful about Mayor de Blasio. [NYP]
Unsurprisingly, a few New Yorkers made the Inman influencers list. [Inman News]
Anticipating the old heave-ho, NYCHA chairman resigns. [NYDN]
The contracts are in: early 2014 should see some record-breaking closes. [NYP]
Like income, New York’s crime reduction is unevenly distributed. [Village Voice]
Developer sought for Kips Bay life sciences building conversion. [Crain's]
Torah Animal World, an Old Testament-inspired taxidermied menagerie, sells its home. [NYT]
Shockingly, Times Square will be even more aggravating than usual this evening. [DNAinfo]
New Yorkers continue to fret over shadows. [West Side Rag]