The (Big) Round-Up: Monday

West Villagers become protectors of the past in their historic district. [NY Times]

Sociologist professor fights guilty conscience to live in gated Washington Square Park alley. [NY Times]

Rosanne Ehrlich's hunt lands her in a studio on East 72nd Street with a view of a brick wall. [NY Times]

With mortgage markets plunging, yuppies and bonus-dependent New Yorkers unable to lock in loan rates, back out of deals. [NY Times]

Meanwhile on the other side of town: newly-developed two- and three-family houses in Far Rockaway sit empty. [NY Times]

And financial service firms are willing to pay high rents amid market mayhem. [NY Sun]

Twin mansions in Ditmas Park reflect different images in their old age. [NY Times]

Zeckendorfs celebrate success of 15 Central Park West. [NY Times]

Rosie O'Donnell finds a two-bedroom in the theater district. [NY Times]

Luxury market sees records in lower Manhattan. [NY Times]

Javits Center may cost City $5 billion. [NY Post]

Mets stadium construction is "right on schedule." [NY Post]

Financial services firms signing big office leases for big rents. [NY Sun]