The (Big) Round-Up: Monday

A little known tax on New Yorkers’ electric bills helps state businesses go green. [NY Times]

Post-holiday retail sales may be disappointing citywide, but the 111 bus—which takes passengers to the Jersey Gardens mall and IKEA—has been packed. [NY Times]

The recession has canceled or delayed $5 billion worth of NYC real estate developments. [NY Times]

More New Yorkers are turning to offbeat pets like chinchillas, parrots, and even bearded dragons to get around restrictions on owning dogs and cats imposed by co-op boards and landlords. [NY Times]

As they have so many times in the past, competing interests converge to do battle at Union Square Park—this time, it’s over whether or not to open a restaurant in a pavilion at the park’s north end. [NY Times]

Housing inventories throughout the region are on the rise, with Hudson County and its 24.1 months’ worth of unsold inventory, faring the worst. [NY Times]

An Italian movie producer hopes to sell his penthouse at the Trump International Hotel andTower for $28.5 million before it falls into auctioneers’ hands. [NY Times]

A few intrepid, warm-blooded New Yorkers rough it as full-time tenants of a 143-foot boat moored off Midtown Manhattan. [NY Times]

Have condo prices fallen sharply this quarter? It depends if you’re looking at the official records or talking to brokers. [NY Times]

With so much federal money up for grabs, major players in the commercial real estate industry are putting together a compelling case for why they deserve some cash of their own. [NY Times]

A young couple ditches the suburbs for an apartment in Astoria. [NY Times]

The holiday season brings small relief to six small businesses struggling through the recession. [NY Times]

A treasured Greenwich Village preschool is forced to close. [NY Times]

A new business improvement district sparks controversy in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. [NY Times]

Volunteer fire department’s plans for a new firehouse in Jamaica Bay meets stiff resistance from City Hall. [NY Times]

New Web site lets users track the health of their neighbors by entering any New York zip code. [NYDN]

Obama’s massive stimulus package could mean $4 billion for mass transit projects in NYC, including the extension of the no. 7 train to the Javits Center. [NYDN]

As credit tightens for developers, unfinished and empty buildings multiply throughout the city. [NYDN]

Brooklyn’s 2008 was equal parts glamour and disaster. [NYDN]

From the Bell verdict to the foreclosure epidemic, it was a rough ride for Queens in 2008. [NYDN]

The good, the bad, and everything in between—it’s the Bronx year in review. [NYDN]

Things are looking up for three unemployed New Yorkers being tracked by the Post during their job search. [NY Post]

With the possibility of 175,000 lost jobs on the horizon, New Yorkers brace themselves for “the year of living unemployed.” [NY Post]

Landlord sues co-founders of the now-bankrupt Steve & Berry’s over the mis-appropriation of tenant-improvement payments. [NY Post]

A look back at Wall Street’s rapid unraveling in September. [WSJ]

New York private-equity firm Dune Capital Management may buy failed IndyMac Bank from the FDIC. [WSJ]