Weekend Roundup

A former book peddler remembers the bohemian East Village, before all the Starbucks-sipping college students, naive tourists, and architectural loft buyers. (Sure, junkies and graffiti artists are pretty cool, but wasn’t Tompkins Square more radical a hundred years earlier?) Regardless, if the poverty of NYU student life gets you down, try squatting in the Sculpture for Living.

Howard Stern must already be dipping into that $500 million Sirius contract six weeks before his more to satelite radio. Although Mr. Stern already had a $20 million piece of land, the radio personality just purchased a $29.5 million estate next door, according to the New York Post.

Kelly Ripa and husband, Mark Consuelos put their 5,000-square-foot loft on the market for $7.5 million, according to New York magazine. The couple’s duplex upstairs is apparently ready.

One lucky rent-stabilized tenant at the old Mayflower Hotel (paying only $200 a month) was bought out for $15 million, according to the Daily News. But developers of 15 CPW already have $650 million in signed contracts, so they made out alright.

At open houses, watch out for the “human-sized lockable cage outfitted with whips, hooks, paddles and bondage devices.”

Take a look at the future facelift of Alice Tully Hall, as designed by high-line friendly Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Finally, tired of the retro car-theft genre, video game players are turning to real estate development. Welcome to Tycoon City!

-Michael Calderone

Weekend Roundup