The Round-Up: Thursday

The City Council overwhelmingly approved the rezoning of 125th Street yesterday, but not before all audience members were ejected from the building for booing. [NY Times]

Atlantic Yards opponents filed a suit challenging the construction timeline outlined in the agreement between the city and Forest City Ratner. [NY Times]

Work at the site of the Deutsche Bank has resumed. [NY Times]

Robert DeNiro is developing a Nobu Hotel in the financial district that is slated to open in between two to four years. [NY Post]

Federal tax rebate checks start to arrive this week and retailers are rolling out discounts on everything from groceries to high-definition T.V.’s to spur customer spending. [NY Post]

Gimme Shelter: Harry Macklowe is rumored to be quietly searching for a buyer for his palatial Plaza condo; Diana Ross has re-listed her $39.5 million Greenwich estate. [NY Post]

The MTA is spending $2 million to survey 170,000 randomly selected straphangers. [NY Post]

Senate Republicans stepped up effort to block $2 billion of pledged federal funding for a JFK to Ground Zero rail link. [NYDN]

Report: New York City is among the top 10 US metropolitan areas with worst air quality. [NY Sun]

A new roof-top racquet club in Long Island City is the first tennis club to be built in the city in 20 years. [NY Sun]

The tri-state area’s retail sector is weathering economic slump. [NY Sun]

Mortgage delinquencies rose 74 percent in the city last quarter. [Crain’s] The Round-Up: Thursday