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It Happened One Weekend: Stuyvesant Polyclinic Sold, Toren's Asian Invasion, SoBro's New Bro, More!

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1) When the former Stuyvesant Polyclinic building at Second Avenue between 8th and 9th Streets (the one with the creepy heads, right) most recently hit the market, the German-gifted red brick hospital building was pitched as the perfect eco-friendly megamansion for Lenny Kravitz, or something. But instead of a rock star, a "think-tank sort of thing" will occupy the building, following a renovation that involves stripping the paint away inside to reveal some original finishes. Dast is good, yah? [Streetscapes/'1880s Features, Unveiled Again']

2) The yuppie offspring of NYC's Asian immigrants are buying up condos in Long Island City and Downtown Brooklyn like they're going out of style (of course, they'll never actually go out of style, right? Right?). In fact, half the buyers at Toren are Asian-American. Trendwatchers say it's because the kids want to be near their folks but still live the high life of glamorous new condos. ['A New Generation Moves On, but Not Too Far']

3) Finally, someone who truly believes that the gentrification of the South Bronx is imminent. Meet Micah Bergdale, 26, who graduated from college at 18 and just dropped $265k on a three-bedroom co-op on Grand Concourse. He sees SoBro as the next Wrigleyville, minus a goat curse or two. [The Hunt]

4) Move over glass and limestone, there's a new building material rocketing up the list of developers' preferred façades: stucco. Yep, thanks to its dirt cheap price in these uncertain times, the classic (and classy) mixture of foam, adhesive and paint is on the comeback trail. Joy. [Posting/'Stucco on the Rebound']

5) Before Columbia has its way with the neighborhood, the Times takes one last look at what it's like to call the pre-annexed Manhattanville home. What does the paper make of all the warehouses and overpasses? There's "something slightly magical" about it. [Living In: Manhattanville]

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