Morning Reads: Schrager Boasts About 215 Chrystie Sales, Synagogue Landmarked, Mayor’s Park Plan Too Timid

Ian Schrager says sales at 215 Chrystie St. are strong. There has been no negotiating; “You’re probably paying close to about $8 million for a three-bedroom apartment,” he says. Asked about increased interest in the area, he responds: “I think the neighborhood is right in the center of what’s going on… I think it’s one of the most charming blocks in the city.” (NYT)

The Chinatown-based Lam Group, perhaps New York’s most prolific hotel developer, operates out of a modest building on Centre Street. The firm is looking at strategies to raise more capital (Real Estate Weekly).

NYU’s stampede continues, as the school buys 402-408 Lafayette St. for $157 million (Real Deal).

Tifereth Israel Town and Village Synagogue is now a city landmark (Channel 7).

Reaction to the landmark commission’s decision (EV Grieve).

Critics Notebook: The mayor’s initiative to fix “35 small community parks is nice. But it doesn’t go nearly far enough.”  Instead of raising the budget for park maintenance, he “pretends to entertain the knuckle-headed demand of State Senator Daniel L. Squadron, a Democrat, that private park conservancies fork over money for public parks lacking patron saints.” (NYT)

Some politicians want Comcast to provide free broadband to all public housing residents as a condition of its merger with Time Warner (NYT).

Review: “Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)” at the Public Theater may be Pulitzer winner Suzan-Lori Park’s “finest work yet.” (NYT)