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It Happened One Weekend: Breaking Out the Sketch Pad, Fresh Kills Grows Up, Second Ave Subway Rolls On

1) Kevin Kennon breaks out his Sketch Pad to re-imagine a ground floor co-op on East 57th. Kennon, who also designed the Rodin Museum in Seoul, envisions a work-live space where a gallery owner can show work on commission and instead of making single function rooms, believes each space can multi-task, saying “The kitchen island could become the desk could become the conference table.” Sounds good, and for the low cost of $905,000, the apartment with total renovations can be all yours. [Sketch Pad/Tracie Rozhon]

2) New Yorker's pride themselves on their financial savvy and financial know how. But when it comes to real estate transactions, buyers seldom go past the standard questions and wind up being surprised after taking possession of their new apartments. The best defense is hiring a savvy attorney who knows how to ask the right questions, dig deep to find a building and unit's extensive history, and can paint a clear picture of the building's board. Follow this advice, and you may just avoid buyer's remorse. [Just Ask/Teri Karush Rogers]

3) Dutch Kills is the rare New York City neighborhood that actually wants an upzoning to encourage development. The residents of the Kills have seen the LIC building boom and growing hipness of Astoria and are hoping to ride the development wave. Some residents fear possible neighborhood gentrification, but some like Community Board member George Stamatiades, don't care, saying “We’re not looking to maintain anything. We’re looking to change.” [Street Level/Jeff Vandam]

4) Pet owning residents of East River Housing grew nervous when building management reminded them of the complex's strict no pet rules. Before anyone could get evicted, tenant's discovered the "NYC Pet Law", which provides that anyone who openly keeps a pet for 3 months cannot be evicted because of a no pets provision in the lease. Perhaps a sign would have worked better than a note under the door. [Lower East Side Report/Jake Mooney]

5) The MTA is actually getting close to beginning work on the long planned Second Avenue Subway. But what's good for most isn't for all, like Giorgio Costa, who is eventually going to be forced from his rent stabilized apartment in the Upper East Side. The MTA is trying to sign leases for available stabilized apartments in the neighborhood, but it may not be that simple. Below market units are usually renovated by landlords to bring to market rate, meaning the affected tenants may just need to look for a new neighborhood to call home. [Railroaded from their homes?/Tamer El-Ghobashy]