What the cat knows…

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Friends of Jesus “Pee Wee” Santos gathered at his wake on Feb. 7 at the Ortiz Funeral Home on First Ave. Santos, who was born and raised on Allen St., had moved uptown. On Feb. 6, he had an accident and fell out of a six-story window.

Lin scores — a FiDi pad! Don’t be surprised if you spot new New York Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin strolling along the 9/11 Memorial Plaza or dining at Bobby Van’s on Broad St. Lin, who became an overnight celebrity as the Knicks’ new point guard, is close to signing a several-thousand-dollar lease for a posh two-bedroom, two-bathroom suite at the W Hotel in the Financial District, the New York Post reported on Wednesday. The condo, reportedly worth $2.3 million, has $30,000 to $35,000 worth of designer furniture. This is a big off-the-court leap for Lin, who just weeks ago was crashing on a couch at the Lower East Side apartment of his older brother — a student at N.Y.U.’s Dental School. His new, high-end Lower Manhattan crib will complement the new, two-bedroom pad at the Trump Tower in White Plains, N.Y., Lin is subletting from former Knick and Golden State Warriors teammate David Lee. Lin settled for a midrange pad at the hotel, where monthly rents start at $3,600 and go as high as $8,900, according to the Post. The building is equipped with a gym, an entertainment lounge with video games, a movie screening room and a rooftop terrace, among other amenities. State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silverimmediately released a statement welcoming the athlete back Downtown. “I’m thrilled to once again have Jeremy Lin as a constituent, and I hope he stays in Lower Manhattan for good!” Silver said. “He is sure to enjoy all of the great restaurants, retail and park space near his new home.” Silver added, “Jeremy Lin continues to bring so much excitement to this city. Let’s go No. 17 and let’s go Knicks!”

Will Berman run? The combination of the N.Y.U. 2031 Plan review and the looming, highly anticipated race for the Council District 3 seat in 2013 seems to be causing a lot of political rumors and counter-rumors to start flying around. As of now, there are three candidates who seem a sure bet to run for the Greenwich Village/Chelsea/Hell’s Kitchen seat: Brad Hoylman, Yetta Kurland and Corey Johnson. But what about Andrew Berman, whose name unfailingly comes up whenever this race is discussed? He’s always played it cool, though, whenever we’ve asked him whether he would run. What the heck — last week, we asked him again. And again, he gave a version of his standard answer — that he’s up to his ears in antidevelopment and landmarking battles. “Nothing new to report since last time you asked,” he e-mailed us. “Frankly, I am so busy with the N.Y.U. expansion plan fight, Chelsea Market [rooftop addition fight], the Rudin development, getting the city to follow through on promised landmarking in the East, South and Far West Village, etc., that anything beyond the horizon of the next few weeks seems just too far off to discuss.”

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