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Super Trees in Hudson Square; Italian Billionaire Buys on Fifth

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HUDSON SQUARE—The Parks Department and the Hudson Square Connection Business Improvement District teamed up today to plant 24 "super trees," because regular old trees aren't nearly good enough for the 2012 Curbed Cup Neighborhood of the Year. From the press release:

Design features include expanded tree pits, tree guards and permeable pavement over structural soil, as well as a selection of trees that have been determined to thrive in urban settings. The permeable pavement covers layers of soil and caps them off with a porous surface that retains excess storm water – critical to relieving the city's overburdened sewer system and mitigating flooding. Never has planting a tree sounded less connected to nature. [CurbedWire Inbox; previously]

UPPER EAST SIDE—Italian fashion mogul Pier Luigi Loro Piana, who recently made billions selling the eponymous line he started, just dropped $11.3 million on an 980 Fifth Avenue co-op. The apartment includes a 100-square-foot dressing room, fittingly (pun intended). [6sqft, via The Real Deal; previously]