The Round-Up: Wednesday

Restaurants across the city are finding creative ways to cope with a rise in food prices. [NY Times]

A Spanish energy company offered to invest $2 billion in wind turbines upstate if New York’s utility regulator approved its purchase of the Energy East power company. [NY Times]

In the wake of last week’s deadly crane collapse, some of the city’s largest general contractors are considering whether to hire their own third-party safety inspectors to ward off accidents. [NY Times]

Under fire for the high ratings they awarded to subprime mortgage securities, three large credit rating firms are close to announcing a deal on reforms with the New York attorney general.  [NY Times]

The Service Workers International Union is taking its anti buy-out firm campaign worldwide. [NY Times]

The state’s highest court ruled that a wealthy couple can evict rent-stabilized tenants to turn their Lower East Side building into a single-family home. [NY Post] 

Powerful labor unions opposed Governor Paterson’s proposed property tax cap. [NY Post]

Barneys is rumored to have leased a new space in its old home, the Meatpacking District; Ashkenazy Acquisitions is getting another Plaza District gem. [NY Post]

The Feds investigated the New Jersey headquarters of the company responsible for repairing the crane that collapsed in last week’s accident. [NYDN] 

Car buyers are turning their back on Hummers as gas prices continue to rise. [NYDN]

The upscale, erotic Manhattan toy retailer, Babeland, is opening in Park Slope. [NYDN]

Dick Zigun, the so-called "Mayor of Coney Island," has resigned from the Coney Island Development Corporation in protest of the city’s development proposal. [NYDN] 

A city comptroller report said legalizing same-sex marriage would generate $142 million for the city. [Crain's]