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It Happened One Weekend: How the Rich Stay Afloat

1) While combing through all these new and fabulous developments, it seems like a luxury lap pool is a given. Turns out we're pretty much right, and the Post has a fun look at the newest paved ponds?none of which has a swim-up bar, we might add. Included are 200 Chambers Street ("Where the Gorgeous Go," right), 165 Charles St. ("Most Unusual), Trump World Tower ("Most Glammed Up") and more. [NYPost]
2) On January 31, Shaya Boymelgreen's and Giorgio Armani's snootily named "20 Pine, the Collection" will go on sale a block north of Boymelgreen's other high-profile financial district condo conversion, Downtown by Philippe Starck. The former offices of Chase Manhattan Bank will now be 409 luxury condos, priced at about $1,020 per square foot. [William Neuman/Big Deal]
3) On average, properties are taking a month longer to sell than they did a year ago, according to Miller Samuel. So realtors are pulling the usual stunts to drum up interest in sluggish listings: throwing parties, staging, and sticking a statue of St. Joseph in a house plant. [NYTimes]
4) Fancypants pre-war co-ops like 720 Park Avenue get huge bargains on property taxes. [NYTimes]
5) What the hell's going on in Union City, New Jersey? Well, the town just west of Hoboken has stellar views, more than 30 new developments and a new light rail station, that's what! Thanks for asking. We really had nothing else. [NYPost]
6) In this week's Hunt, a young hipster gets dumped by his girlfriend and heads to Greenpoint from Morningside Heights with their cat in tow. The Hunt: now with bonus video coverage! [Joyce Cohen/The Hunt]