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An end to secret condo purchases, getting the word out about illegal half-floor conversions, & more

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The uber-wealthy will no longer be able to keep their Manhattan condo purchases a secret thanks to a change in the law triggered by suburban home conversions (Curbed via Wall Street Journal)

With no upside for landlords to evict absentee rent-stabilized tenants, court cases to evict those who rent in the city but live elsewhere have become a thing of the past (The Real Deal)

The city is getting the word out about illegal half-floor conversions on the Lower East Side after violations in the neighborhood this summer (Bowery Boogie)

A task force says subway train speeds could be safely increased by up to 50 percent in some parts of the system (MTA press release)

Hudson Yards has become the first neighborhood in Manhattan to receive ‘LEED Neighborhood Development’ Gold certification (Real Estate Weekly)

The Empire State Building is opening a new 102nd floor observatory, complete with floor-to-ceiling glass walls this weekend (NY Post)