Hotels muscle into the home-sharing business, why death by falling AC is extremely rare, & more top stories

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If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em: Hotels are getting into the home-sharing business (The New York Times)

Crowdfunding and other alternatives to traditional mortgages are helping new buyers afford a down payment (The Real Deal via Wall Street Journal)

It’s the season for New Yorkers to worry about (the extremely rare) potential of being killed by a falling AC (Curbed)

If you don’t mind a lack of light and some occasional dampness, garden apartments can be a good deal (Apartment Therapy)

Why is the New York State Pavilion in Queens, a leftover from the 1964-65 World’s Fair, rusting into oblivion? (amny)