The (Big) Round-Up: Monday

In a private meeting Sunday, Paterson, Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver fail to reach an agreement on how to close the state’s budget deficit. [NY Times]

Slowly but surely, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum takes shape. [NY Times]

At the Wagner Houses—an East Harlem housing complex whose elevators break down more often than any other—residents live with the constant threat of getting stuck in a six-by-four-foot box. [NY Times]

A declining real estate market means it’s even tougher for homeowners to sell properties themselves, but that doesn’t mean the for-sell-by-owner crowd is giving getting any thinner. [NY Times]

Say hello to Marine Park—a slice of small-town America in southeast Brooklyn. [NY Times]

Making the jump from Prague to Astoria. [NY Times]

The market may be plummeting in Long Island, but that isn’t stopping these “contrarians” from starting their own real estate empires. [NY Times]

For a few lucky brokers, condos are selling just like they were in the good ol’ days. [NY Times]

After a quarter century of creating affordable housing in existing buildings, Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation is teaming up with a Manhattan architect to create housing developments from the ground up. [NY Times]

In New Jersey, opulent mansions of the past are being scooped up and renovated for public use. [NY Times]

After setting a co-op sales record with a $48.5 million Fifth Avenue flip, a hedge-fund manager attempts another big flip at the Ritz-Carlton. [NY Times]

Westchester homeowners face the challenges of going green. [NY Times]

Andrew Scott Dolkart, recently named director of Columbia’s historic preservation program at the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, discuss how Wall Street will affect NYC’s architectural future. [NY Times]

Though its lines are getting longer, a Highbridge food pantry is forced to close. [NY Times]

City Island residents up in arms about the city’s plans for a new bridge to replace the old City Island Bridge connecting the island to the Bronx. [NY Times]

Rob Speyer marries Anne-Cecilie Engell, daughter of a former VP at A. P. Moeller-Maers, a Danish ocean cargo carrier. [NY Times]

DOB division chief warned of problems with UES crane months before its fatal May collapse. [NYDN]

Fifty inmates housed overnight at the Brooklyn House of Detention for the first time in five years. [NYDN]

City officials to unveil a dramatic new plan tomorrow for Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. [NYDN]

Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society of Historic Preservation, is one of New Yorkers’ staunchest allies against unchecked development. [NYDN]

A Queens group providing micro-loans to women hits the $1 million mark. [NYDN]

Transportation officials nearing approval of a new $630 million bridge to replace the deteriorating Kosciuszko Bridge spanning Newtown Creek. [NYDN]

Bloomberg in negotiations with Thor Equities to purchase a 10.5-acre parcel of Coney Island—one that includes Astroland Park. [NY Post]

Bloomberg orders a 10 percent cut in mayor’s office employees. [NY Post]

No bonuses this year for Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein and six other executives. [NY Post]

Former AIG chief Hank Greenberg plotting to regain control of his firm from the Feds. [NY Post]

Freddie Mac needs $13.8 billion from the U.S. Treasury after taking a major hit from home-mortgage defaults. [WSJ]

Harry Macklowe’s former properties—1540 Broadway and Worldwide Plaza at 825 Eighth Avenue—hit the market again after a deal with George Comfort & Sons collapses. [Crain’s]