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The Yard Passes 50 Percent; Nostalgia Train Returns; More!

LONG ISLAND CITY?We're obsessed with the giant rooftop chessboard atop LIC condo building The Yard (we visited earlier this year). Buyers, too, have been gradually making their moves?the building is just now hitting the 51 percent sold mark. StreetEasy shows 13 active listings starting at $490,000. So far the average recorded sale price is $476,000, compared to an average listing price of $576,000. [CurbedWire Inbox]

UNDERGROUND?Speaking of cool happenings underground, 'tis the season for another vintage train. This one is the MTA's "Nostalgia Shoppers' Special Train," made up of classic R1/9 subway cars. It will be running along the M line between Queens Plaza and Second Avenue; the full schedule is here. [CurbedWire Inbox]
NYC?Want more after reading Paul Goldberger's tweets from Zoning the City? The entire conference, which was held November 15, is now available for viewing online. [CurbedWire Inbox]