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5 Beekman Is Back In Business; Libeskind To Give Free Talk

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FIDI/BATTERY PARK CITY?A tipster sent in some photos of scaffolding going up around 5 Beekman Street (above), which is a big relief. We'd just reported that the beautifully atrium-ed and iron railing-ed darling was inching closer to its future life as a hotel since some crucial permits had been filed, only to discover that the scaffolding around that building, which had seemingly been up forever, was being taken down. Well, that was a step in the wrong direction, but the good news is that new scaffolding is up, which means the long-awaited overhaul can finally begin. [CurbedWire Inbox; previously]

EAST VILLAGE?Starchitect Daniel Libeskind is giving a free talk on April 30 at Cooper Union, his alma mater. The topic will be the "art of memory," fitting for the man who has master-planned Ground Zero and designed the Jewish Museum in Berlin, as well as other similar museums around the world. Because it's free, it's Libeskind, and there's open seating... get there early. [CurbedWire Inbox; official]
?Photo by Michael Klinkhamer Photography

HARLEM/M'SIDE HEIGHTS?At last, the 24 units at the Park Lane Condominium at 118 West 112th Street are all sold out. The one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments in this renovated six-story prewar building between St. Nicholas Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard didn't go particularly fast, mind you. Little extras like an $8,000 tax incentive and some careful PriceChopping helped boost sales after they kicked off back in January of 2010. Contracts closed in the $300K-$600K range; the average price per square foot was $590. [CurbedWire Inbox]