The Afternoon Wrap: Monday

Amid the rumblings of real estate gloom in the Hamptons, a benefit hosted by Madonna and some love from the UK perk up what was shaping up to be quite a washout summer. [Daily Intelligencer]

The Emmy award-winning, dinosaur home-makeover TV series "This Old House" is looking for a New York City pad to revamp for the first time ever. [Curbed]

In yet another sign that the housing market in Scarsdale is tanking, realtors are now luring people to open houses with promises of free fuel. [Property Grunt]

A tribute to the 16 people who have died in construction accidents this year. [NY Magazine]

This guide to recession-proof retail therapy will brighten your spirits without lightening your wallet. [Village Voice]

A new State Senate report blasts NYU’s merger with Polytechnic, lending weight to critics of the deal who argued that the East Village liberal arts school was more interested in a land grab than in its engineering credentials. [The Brooklyn Paper]

After 22 years of skirting its water bill at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, the city’s Economic Development Corporation owes the Department of Environmental Protection $4.5 million, according to a report released by the City Comptroller’s office. [City Room]

A round-up of last night’s James Beard Awards, the food industry’s Oscars. [Gothamist]

The Donald visits his mother’s un-Trumplike childhood home in Scotland ahead of testifying at a public inquiry into the $1 billion golf complex he plans to develop in Aberdeen. [TimesOnline] The Afternoon Wrap: Monday