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Madoff Penthouse Buyer ID'd; Nascar Winner Buys at Superior Ink

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1) The Post reveals the identity of Bernard Madoff's 133 East 64th Street penthouse buyer: Al Kahn, CEO of 4Kids entertainment and the marketer behind Pokemon and the Cabbage Patch Kids. Still no word on the final sale price, which is rumored to be a smidge under the ask of $8.9 million. ['Cabbage Patch mogul snares Madoff apt.'/NYP]

2) The Wall Street bonus seems to be back, and bankers have jumped back into the prospective buyer pool. But now those bankers are just like us! Many are shopping for deals instead of any old fancy property, and some are waiting to move forward on their purchases until they know just how much bonus money they can expect. Like the prospective buyer of the penthouse as Park Avenue's glass slipper, 1055 Park, which is asking $7.5 million. Okay, so maybe they're not just like us. ['The Bonus Bounce']

3) Joining Hilary Swank, Marc Jacobs, and that dude who paid $20 million to go to the International Space Station at Superior Ink is Jimmie Johnson, a four-time Nascar Sprint Cup Series champion. Johnson closed on a 3BR, 3.5BA condo at the Robert A.M. Stern building for $8.33 million, after selling his 3,200-square-foot Chelsea pied-a-terre (he lives primarily in North Carolina) for $4 million. [Big Deal/'But Does It Have a Garage']

4) The Times turns its attention to slowpoke Brooklyn Bridge Park and its piecemeal construction, which is emblematic of recent city/state financing battles for park projects, including the High Line and Hudson River Park. Brooklyn Bridge Park still needs $125 million to close its financing gap, plus $16 million/year for maintenance. The real estate bust has thrown a wrench into even Brooklyn Bridge Park's plan to sustain itself, since that plan relies on fees from not-yet-fully-sold luxury condo One Brooklyn Bridge Park. ['In Brooklyn Bridge Park, a Study of the Fight to Pay for for Open Space']

5) This week's hunters started out looking for a New Jersey home with enough outdoor space for a vegetable garden, but quickly decided that commuting was too hard and suburban home upkeep too complicated. Next stop: urban New Jersey! They ended up in a spiral-staircase-adorned, 1,500-square-foot duplex in Hoboken, for which they paid $615,000. [The Hunt/'An Urban Alternative for These Hunters']

6) What happens to the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree once the lights are down and everyone's finished exchanging their unwanted presents? This year's is becoming the frame of a Habitat for Humanity house being built in Stamford, Connecticut. But her home's famous origins have the future homeowner a little intimidated. She jokes to the Times: "It's just like, yes, now I have to get dressed every morning and put on makeup...It is overwhelming, the story of how it is ending up in my house. It's an experience like winning the lottery or a million dollars." [Posting/'A Holiday Gift That Keeps on Giving']

Brooklyn Bridge Park - Pier 6

Pier 6, Brooklyn, NY 11201

133 East 64th Street

133 East 64th Street, New York, NY

1055 Park Avenue

1055 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10128