The Afternoon Wrap: Friday

White House offers to use funds from the $700 billion TARP program to help Detroit. [NY Times]

Financial insiders wonder why it took so long to uncover Madoff and his Ponzi scheme when there were so many hints along the way. [WSJ]

With Saigon Grill’s owners charged last week with fraud and underpaying their workers, deciding whether or not to eat at the restaurant has become a political issue for UWSers. [City Room]

Inside the newly-opened Cooper Square Hotel. [Curbed]

Downtown preservationists up in arms over plans to demolition a five-story Bleecker Street row home and replace it with an eight-story building. [Curbed]

The State Department plans to build a secret space to send and receive classified info within the United States Mission to the United Nations at 799 First Avenue—a building currently under construction. [TRD]

Facebook friends of the Sterling Green condo in Prospect Heights to receive a $1,000 discount if they buy an apartment there. [TRD]

So how tall is the Walentases’ super-controversial Dock Street building anyway? [Dumbo NYC]

Bushwick enthused over Mayer Schwartz’s new Castle Braid rental development. [BushwickBK]

Queens residents rally against the M.T.A.’s plan to impose a toll on the Cross Bay Bridge. [Queens Crap]

John Hodgman makes fun of Park Slope in Park Slope. [VV via BoogieDowner]

The Afternoon Wrap: Friday