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It Happened One Weekend: Homeless Hell's Kitchen Horses!

1) Mayor Bloomberg's mission to create more affordable housing might make some horses homeless. Shamrock Stables, where 32 Central Park carriage horses reside, is on a city-owned lot on West 45th Street between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues. The stables are on a month-to-month lease, and now the city wants the horsies out so it can build 1,300 affordable-housing units and a school extension (the kids won't miss the smell). The stable's owners say the city told them it would be years before the property was developed, and they're playing the out-of-work-for-the-holidays sympathy card. That strategy has worked before, apparently. ['Boot for stable threatens Central carriages'/NYP; UPDATE: The city now says the horses have a home until June.]

2) Julian Casablancas has moved to L.A. Repeat, Julian Casablancas has moved to L.A.. But don't worry, hipsters, The Strokes' front man is still reppin' for downtown. On his solo tour he'll sing his song "Ludlow Street" against a "a multimedia landscape of videos and sets depicting the neighborhood, which Mr. Casablancas will stroll through." The LES goes...Broadway? ['Surprise! He's Thriving on Sunshine']

3) The bargains nowadays are in fixer-uppers, because a flooded market and lower prices has more buyers opting for apartments where they can "just move in and put out their toothbrush." Fewer people want the raw and unrenovated, and contractros are cheap because they need the work.The only problem? The banks. In the tight credit era, financing a renovation is a no-no. Have cash on hand. ['For the Right Price, the Right Fixer-Upper']

4) A young married couple, both religious Jews (he's a rabbi), set out looking for a Manhattan rental with a bedroom big enough for separate queen-sized beds. And when your budget is $1,800 a month, that's a bit tough to find. But after many oy veys, a co-op owner at Plymouth Towers on East 93rd Street does them a mitzvah by dropping the asking rent on a one-bedroom to $2,050, which they can afford. Mazel tov! [The Hunt/'Rooms for the Observant']

5) Big-shot hedge fundie Steve Eisman got burned by the Wall Street implosion he predicted when the Carnegie Hill apartment he bought for $6.995 million sold for just $5.2 million in August. But Eisman always gets the last laugh! He just paid $7.4 million for a four-bedroom penthouse duplex at 1120 Park Avenue, which the owners paid $10 million for in 2006. [Big Deal/'Applying Realism to the Apartment Hunt']