We're off for Presidents' Day, but leave you with this before tomorrow's gala return...
1) A crucial, immediate addition to the Curbed required reading list: Christine Haughney's investigation into the lives and loves of the six (6) people who've moved full-time into the renovated Plaza Hotel. Consider this couple from Philadelphia: "The views help prevent them from getting lonely. They entertain themselves by watching thousands of people mill in and out of the Apple Store below. They also talk on the phone with a friend’s friend who bought a third-floor apartment, but has not yet moved in." Compare/contrast with this gem from the Ask Curbed archive, "Are Wealthy Neighbors Boring?" [Sunday Styles/Christine Haughney]
2) In what one broker calls "the best market for new buyers in a decade," the biggest challenge to buying is getting one's credit score over 700 to score that mortgage. Also, beware the online quiz! [Cover Story/Christine Haughney]
3) Meanwhile, in the super-luxe market, this truism: "There is a shortage of unaffordable housing. The inexorable march of money goes on, at least for now.” [Big Deal/Josh Barbanel]
4) Happy fun note slipped under a neighbor's door at The Ansonia: "As you may not be aware, we are both lawyers and both litigators, for whom the usual barriers to litigation are minimal." Always a mellow good time on the Upper West Side. [Big Deal/Josh Barbanel]