The Round-Up: Tuesday

After remodeling a veteran’s shelter in LIC, spending $14.8 million to build two apartment buildings, and other innovative initiatives, New York sets standard for homeless veterans care. [NY Times]

New York to close the state’s last pheasant farm and have the animals slaughtered and donated to food pantries by Christmas. [NY Times]

Housing Authority says its elevator employees can no longer work for private companies like the agency’s former elevator chief, Charles Miraglia. [NY Times]

Madoff fraud further cripples the nation’s charitable community, forcing some to close down operations altogether. [NY Times]

Goldman Sachs racks up $2.1 billion in fourth quarter losses. [DealBook]

The number of Brooklynites from Africa doubled between 2001 and 2007. [NYDN]

With just six months left to live, the Bronx’s Westchester Square Medical Center scrambles to find another hospital interested in a merger. [NYDN]

Long Island liquor mogul Martin Silver looking to buy the Mets from Fred Wilpon—a major victim of Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. [NYDN]

Realty Check: A 20-foot retaining wall built by the Port Authority to support the No. 1 train slows down progress on WTC Tower 4; beloved Artichoke pizza looking for at least five more locations; Panavision splits its operations and signs two new leases—one at 150 Varick Street, the other along 48th Street in LIC. [NY Post]

More victims, including Steven Spielberg and Elie Wiesel, announced in the Madoff debacle. [NY Post]

Judge orders Madoff’s investment firm liquidated, while investigators question his wife’s role in the scam. [WSJ]

Cash-strapped homebuyers flock to the obscure no-money-down loan programs offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. [WSJ]

Diversified Realty fails to sell 13 of its malls for $890 million, while General Growth remains in limbo with its creditors. [WSJ]