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It Happened One Weekend: Last Days of Roller Disco

1) The Empire Skating Rink, the last wooden floor rink in the city, shut its doors for good on Friday. The rink had been open since 1941, and was the pioneer of the roller disco craze in the 70's. For customers like Darryl Tyler, the Empire was more than just a skating rink, saying, “I would be in jail if it weren’t for this place.” The building was sold for $4.5 million and will become a storage facility. [Last Lace Up/Jennifer Bleyer]

2) Bucking the city wide trend, Lower Manhattan has been overrun by men, who outnumber women 126 to 100 in the area. This is a striking contrast to the rest of New York City, where in some places the ratio is 70 men to 100 women or lower. Trying to explain the anomaly, LoMa resident Wilson Lau says, “I think men don’t mind that there is nothing going on around in the area after 7 p.m., where women may find that more intimidating or less safe.” Maybe the Beaver is on to something. [Lower Manhattan, Higher Testosterone/Sam Roberts]

3) When two librarians faced losing their NYU faculty housing, their desire for more space meant they would have to consider the outer boroughs. They were willing to trade distance for space, and after a lengthy search, settled on a 9 room apartment in the Fordham Hill section of the Bronx. The unit, which is "more like a suburban ranch house than a city apartment", cost $235,000 with monthly maintenance of $1,585. [The Hunt/Joyce Cohen]

4) Banks continue their push to occupy every available retail space known to man. Apparently, it's not just in New York City either, with banks using data intelligence services like MapInfo to locate the best places nationwide for expansion. [Square Feet/Amy Cortese]

5) All those new apartment buildings has meant all new board members, in both new and old buildings. These new members tend to be a bit green when it comes to running a building, but they are eager to learn and help increase the value of their investments. In older buildings, the previous boards may have become a bit complacent, so the insertion of fresh blood has helped jump start some needed renovations. And almost all new board members, like Justin Balciunas, concur on a need for openness, saying "We wanted to emphasize the transparency of what's going on. We wanted to increase communication between our resident shareholders and the board." [New Kids on the Board/Lisa Keys]