On the Market: Is Gentrification Really So Bad? Kent Swig’s Highs, Lows, Midpoints; Glass Towers May Prove Hazardous in Blackouts

Uptown girl: Former councilmember Jessica Lappin to lead Downtown Alliance. [Crain's]
Man hangs himself from tree near Prospect Park lake. [BkPaper]
Gentrification: is it really as bad as we all think? [NYMag]
Yes! The former Odessa Cafe is becoming a haute fried chicken joint. [EV Grieve]
Speaking of gentrification: Park Slope belatedly hosts a forum to grapple with it. [Brownstoner]
And a Carnegie Hill rental, bought for $105 M., is probably becoming a condo. [TRD]
The rise and fall and maybe resurrection of ice bucket-man Kent Swig. [NYT]
Meanwhile, if you don’t feel like reading 2,800 words, a few fun Swig facts. [Curbed]
Peering inside the crumbling interior of the soon-to-be-restored Coignet building. [Brownstoner]
Inventive! Developer wants to bring big box retail to Long Island City. [DNAinfo]
Glass condo towers offer great views. Insulation and ventilation, not so much. [WSJ]
Tour of doomed central library stacks fails to build support for extensive renovation. [UntappedCities]
Children’s Aid Society sells longtime Yorkville home to fund Bronx expansion. [NYT]
Cobble Hill restaurnt creates creepy Jay-Z/Beyonce themed Valentine’s Day menu. [AC]
State says that LICH is not be eligible for state bailout, but Interfaith might. [Crain's]
David Greenfield wants to give local councilmembers more sway in zoning decisions. [WSJ]