The Round-Up: Thursday

Harlem residents fear the proposed rezoning of 125th Street could turn the iconic, crumbling thoroughfare into another 86th Street. [NY Times]

As fire inquiry at Ground Zero grows, so do the legal bills: The Bloomberg administration and the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation have spent $2.2 million in legal fees to defend their role in the Deutsche Bank building blaze. [NY Times]

Brookfield Properties says it will start work on the West Side rail yards in June. [NY Times]

The city will pay $6.5 million to a man who lost his leg in the Staten Island Ferry crash. About two-thirds of the 186 personal injury suits have been settled. [NY Times]

Playwright chronicles her life in the 30 Manhattan apartments she has lived in over the past 20 years. [NY Times]

Americans are "fetishisizing homes" like never before, going so far as hiring professional photographers to shoot trophy real estate. [NY Times]

Gimme Shelter: Milbank Mansion finally goes to contract; Kaity Tong flees toxic mold at Chelsea duplex; and two Hamptons properties come on the market. [NY Post]

The city tries to net more Aussie visitors by setting up a tourism office in Sydney. [NY Post]

The Parks Department ditches a type of artificial turf made of pulverized tires in $25 million park construction project. [NYDN]

Critics of the planned closure of nearly 70 Off-Track Betting locations in the city this spring argue it will only boost the mafia’s gambling revenues. [NYDN]

Developers are trying to lure Harrods or another marquis retailer to the South Street Seaport. [NY SUN]

Despite the New York real estate market’s "correction," there is still an appetite for residential rentals amongst investors. [NY Sun]

With construction costs on the rise, Habitat for Humanity is reaching out to hedge funds to raise money to build affordable housing in New York. [NY Sun]

Condos at Tiffany’s old headquarters in New York hit the market. [NY Sun]




The Round-Up: Thursday