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Remains Remain at Ground Zero

• Searchers found at least 18 more human bones in manholes around ground zero on Sunday, bringing the total of human remains found in the past week to 114. The families of victims are, needless to say, not thrilled. [Newsday] • Alan Hevesi's challenger for state comptroller — you know, the guy who pointed out Hevesi was using a state employee to chauffeur his wife — lied on a mortgage application in 1993. Dems push the story, voters yawn. [NYDN] • At a public hearing tomorrow, the debate over whether to allow a 30-story Norman Foster glass tower on the Upper East Side will likely turn even nastier. Nothing like a little out-of-context architecture to get the neighbors all riled up. [NYP] • Anna Wintour was named editor of the year by Advertising Age, as Vogue is actually growing while rivals are sputtering. [NYP] • Episcopalians in Connecticut are now okay with gay marriages. Worldwide Anglicans soon not to be okay with Connecticut, one presumes. [NYT] • The law firm Milberg Weiss, which has been under indictment for allegedly paying off plaintiffs in more than 150 lawsuits over the years, has managed to attract a new senior partner. Someone will have to run the place if the old partners go to jail. [NYT]

Apartment-Hunting in GramEaVillionSquare

The patch of downtown Manhattan from East 14th Street to East 18th Street and between Irving Place and Second Avenue shape-shifts to suit the mood of brokers trying to sell their properties there. If they want to exude refinement, they call it Gramercy; others choose to glom on to the hipster vibe of the East Village or capitalize on the poised-for-luxury rep of Union Square. Whatever its nom de guerre, the nabe's worth a visit, both for the chance to troupe in and out of all sorts of buildings — the housing stock is diverse, including high-rises, low-slung tenement-style buildings, prewars, and townhouses — and for the hope of finding the perfect apartment. Fuel up at the Greenmarket at Union Square when your energy flags. Here are some spaces to check out.

Life Without Tower?

Tower Records — founded in 1960 in L.A. and a fixture on the corner of Lafayette Street and East Fourth since 1984 — announced last week that it had been purchased out of bankruptcy by a liquidator and would soon be closing all its stores. Jada Yuan and Sara Cardace asked New York music people for their memories. "Keith Richards used to live upstairs, directly above Tower Records, so he was always outside there late at night walking his dog. I knew people who would run into him late at night. There'd be nobody around, and you'd see this guy with his dog and you'd go, 'Isn't that Keith?' And you'd walk up and talk to him, and you wouldn't be able to understand a word he was saying. It was very strange. The store itself, I'm not sure it's going to be missed. It's not like CBGB. It wasn't a cultural phenomenon. It was a store. They sold things." Kurt Loder

Middle-Class Housing? In New York?!

• Mayor Bloomberg announced the city is buying a 24-acre parcel of land in Long Island City on which to build middle-class housing. Jerry Speyer preemptively bids to buy it in 50 years and turn it into luxury condos. [NYS] • Con Ed technicians working at the ground-zero site yesterday discovered human remains and two wallets in an underground junction box that was allegedly searched years ago. Families groups, no doubt, are thrilled. [NYDN] • Now a handwriting expert says Brooke Astor's signature on the 2004 codicil that bequeathed millions to her son was most likely forged. As if Astor family gatherings weren't awkward enough lately. [NYT] • A job fair intended for Irish immigrants living illegally in the United States is instead drawing mostly Americans interested in working in Ireland, presumably seeking cheaper Guinness. [NYT] • Jeanine Pirro is trailing Andrew Cuomo by 21 points in attorney-general race, new polls show. Campaign strategists now seeking a scandal that will actually win her sympathy. [NYP] • Alas poor Mets. Sigh. [NYDN, NYP]

Hell's Kitchen 1BR: Such a Bargain!

In today's uncertain Manhattan real-estate market, there are bargains to be found. Each week, we show you one. Listing broker Cynthia Dillon admits she and the seller purposefully priced this one-bedroom, one-bathroom co-op so it'll stand out as a bargain. Some other Hell's Kitchen one-bedrooms are cheaper, but they also offer less space; many others are actually asking more. There's also a slightly smaller unit — this one's 624 square feet — for sale in the same complex but for $60,000 more, though admittedly it's in a bit better shape. (Forget about new construction in the vicinity; you'd easily pay double, or close to it, for a one-bedroom in those.) "There's so much on the market that a property has to be really unique or perfectly done or priced right or it'll sit for a really long time," says Dillon. Apparently, they wanted to avoid that fate. The living room's kind of gloomy — it's in the middle of the apartment — but the bedroom faces south and gets lots of light. Plus the floors have been refinished. — S. Jhoanna Robledo

The Trials and Tribulations of Luxury-Condo Renting

The Website for CASA, a rental building on 21st Street in Chelsea, presents it as "a new concept fusing the lavish and the leisure," which apparently means a "spa-inspired European marble bath," along with the stainless-steel appliances and custom closets. What it doesn't include — even at $6,000 per month for a two-bedroom, reportedly — is the right to actually live in the building. See, as Curbed reported this morning, the building has Certificates of Occupancy from 1935 and 1972 — the latter from when it was a parking lot — but nothing saying the site was fit for human habitation. A little more digging by Curbed readers, meanwhile, revealed that the Department of Buildings Website shows 36 outstanding items and five objections that must be addressed before a C of O can be granted. That's on top of the complaint that the building itself is illegal because, oops, there's no C of O. How'd Curbed learn about this? An angry broker — whose client had a lease for October 1 but hasn't been able to move in — e-mailed the site. And you thought broker's fees were worthless: It's not like just anybody can e-mail some blog. Oh, wait. Just Looking for a CASA to call home [Curbed]

Stuy Town Sold for $5.4 Billion

So much for the tenants' group: Tishman Speyer, the real-estate behemoth that controls Rockefeller Center, among other things, has won the auction for Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, agreeing to pay MetLife $5.4 billion for the complex. That works out to $486,769 for each of the complex's 11,232 apartments. Which would take only 243 months — a mere twenty years and change to recoup if each unit rented for the maximum allowable stabilized amount of $2,000 per month. Naturally Tishman will wait that out, right? 110-Building Site in N.Y. Is Sold to Speyer [NYT]

Vera Wang, Real-Estate Trophy?

Will Vera Wang become the latest high-end status symbol in the ever-escalating luxury-condo wars? Fresh off her Fashion Week success, and the unexpected death of her father, the designer best known as the patron saint of brides-to-be is taking her first stab at condoland — doing some work for the Onyx, a new development in Chelsea that her pal, Seagram heir turned high-concept-condo investor Matthew Bronfman, is developing. This time, Wang's involvement only goes as far as a cloth sculpture for the lobby — "I wouldn't say I was making art, but it's very artisanal," she says. "I don't even want to call it a tapestry" — but it's possible that this is only the start of her real-estate design career. Bronfman says "there's always an opportunity for [a condo]," though Wang hints at something else. "I've been talking to people," she says. "A Vera Wang hotel, maybe." It better be classy, though. "Fake richness upsets me," she says. — S. Jhoanna Robledo

‘Suicide in Buffalo Would Be Redundant’

• Blackouts, school closings, downed trees and power lines — and that's just on the first day of snow! Bewildered Buffalo registers two feet of the white stuff, making for the snowiest October day on record. An auspicious beginning, that. [AP via NYT] • Hey, you know what hasn't happened on the Upper East Side in a while, if by "a while" you mean 48 hours? Raging flames and mass evacuations. Behold, then, a three-alarm fire in a historic — and thankfully unoccupied — townhouse on 70th and Park, six blocks from the Lidle crash and eight blocks from the Bartha place. Does God not like UES anymore? [AP via amNY] • Istithmar, a Dubai-based investment firm, buys the W Hotel in Union Square, paying a per-room rate that beats the prices paid for the Plaza and the Essex House. The company already owns the Knickerbocker and Helmsley hotels and could well be the final bidders for Stuy Town. Cue the eighties-style the-foreigners-are-taking-over-New York hysteria. [NYS] • Some Muslims are reportedly offended by the new Apple store on Fifth Avenue, finding its architecture too similar to the Ka'ba, the sacred edifice in Mecca. They should see the Rubik's Cube. [ZDNet via Curbed] • And Con Ed has released a "definitive," 600-page report on the July blackout in Queens. We'll only need six words to capture the gist. It was all someone else's fault. The cited number of affected customers (6,800) also differs wildly from the city estimates (over 100,000). Damage control? On it. [WNBC]

Upstate Car Wreck Kills Couple, Breaks Hearts

• A 10-month-old girl is newly orphaned, and in critical condition, after an SUV crossed the median in Orange County and rammed her parents' rental. That the father was the founder of Fandango.com and the mother a rising-star neuroscientist may raise the item's profile, but the fact that they were high-school sweethearts makes it completely devastating. [NYDN] • Affordable housing may be coming to the Lower East Side, Brooklyn Heights, Dumbo, and elsewhere: Bloomberg wants to make his tax break for developers dependent on the low-cost caveat. Ah, how times change: We remember when half of Dumbo's inhabitants lived there for free. [NYT] • In psycho-killer news, Mark Chapman was denied parole for the fourth time, one day after his victim John Lennon's 66th birthday; and Andrew Goldstein, a schizophrenic who pushed a woman under the N train in 1999, pleaded guilty, saying he knew what he was doing. We guess that's progress? [amNY, NYT] • In what continues to be Stephen Colbert's week of total media domination, Colbert County in Alabama opens "The Stephen Colbert Museum and Gift Shop." Don't read the linked article too carefully, because the author completely sells out a potentially funny bit from a future show. [Montgomery Adviser via Radar] • New bike routes are coming to the city. Except that this is New York, not some hippy-dippy Portland, so our bike lanes are actually "shared lanes" and are basically streets with some stenciling on them. We're sure it's just a coincidence that these new-style stencils look like chalk outlines of flattened bikers. Right? [StreetsBlog]

East End Two-Bedroom Is Ripe for the Plucking

In today's uncertain Manhattan real-estate market, there are bargains to be found. Each week, we show you one. Deal-hunting habitués of Carl Schurz Park ought to check out this $995,000 two-bedroom, two-bath co-op on East End Avenue. On a price-per-square-foot basis, it's cheaper than the Yorkville average, according to Streeteasy.com. Plus you get bragging rights for having scored an apartment nearly identical to the one right below it, which sold for considerably more — around $1.2 million — just six weeks ago.

Real-Estate Porn Stars

This weekend is time, once again, for the Caligulan orgy of real-estate porn known as Open House New York. It's inarguably one of the city's coolest events, when we all get the chance to traipse though mysterious architectural treasures around the city — abandoned churches, musty attics, monuments' innards, and so on — like a bunch of crazed kids. Or, at least, like crazed kids with enough sense to make some calls first: A lot of the sites are open only to guided tours, and they tend to fill up fast. Among the weekend's highlights: a walk on the High Line (our friends at Curbed are especially psyched for that one), a tour of an abandoned Ellis Island hospital (No kids permitted! Wear sturdy shoes!), a cemetery-set dance performance for the morbidly artistic, and a "Sustainable New York" program for the terminally good. You can also visit a drool-worthy multilevel live-work loft on Duane Street whose owners are more than eager to show us their "illuminating interior courtyard" and "hybrid bookshelf-stair." Because illuminating courtyards are a dime a dozen. But a bookshelf-stair? Now that's something to see. Weekend [Open House New York]